Vetting of UN Peacekeepers: Reportage From the Ground
A Report on the Selection and Vetting of UN PeacekeepersVoices
The Open Society Foundations recently supported four reports on the selection and vetting process of United Nations peacekeepers. The reports were produced by a coalition of NGOs working to introduce more transparency and accountability into the selection of UN peacekeepers in each of their respective countries: India; Bangladesh; Nepal; and Nigeria, which are among the world’s top contributing nations. The coalition includes: the Asian Centre for Human Rights (India); the Advocacy Forum (Nepal); and the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (Nigeria).
The reports outline the policies and practices of the peacekeeper selection process in each country and identify the major barriers to ensuring that perpetrators of grave human rights violations are excluded from selection. This event features a brief presentation on the findings of all four countries, followed by a discussion on how the reports’ findings and recommendations can be implemented at the national and international level.
Justice for All
Using the Law to Empower the People of the Greater Mekong
In a region of the world where governmental and corporate forces often trample the rights of marginalized communities, the Mekong Legal Network is working to ensure the rule of law is accessible to those who need it most.
Sri Lanka Should Think Twice Before Copying Duterte’s Vicious Drug War
While the world moves on, Sri Lanka continues to drift toward the brutal and criminal “war on drugs” policies championed by the Philippines’ strongman. These heinous policies must be abandoned—before it’s too late.
Putting Human Rights First
Promoting human rights has been a key element of U.S. foreign policy for generations. Abandoning this commitment would not only be a rejection of American values, but also counterproductive to U.S. interests.