Obligations, Interventions, Peacekeeping : Exploration For A New Mandate

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Obligations, Interventions, Peacekeeping: Exploration for a New Mandate to Protect “We can do whatever we want. Let’s go” - General Roméo Dallaire, commanding United Nations forces in Rwanda, January 1994 OUR OBLIGATION TO THE WORLD In the modern societies in which many of us want and desire is to live in a free and unrestrictive manner; yet it is such a shame that we do little or nothing at all to help those who need our help the most. In fact, those commissioned and appointed to this task are often, if left to their own devices, the most unsuitable people for the job. There have been great strides by those in positions of power to help elevate this problem that is experienced by those who suffer during times of conflict. Whilst…show more content…
This was addressed in the UN Secretary-General’s Agenda for Peace in 1992, which found that links between the different stages of a conflict increase the likelihood of violence against civilians. The report also found that critical procedural movements would reduce the levels of violence that civilians experience when warring parties are fighting. The report also found that keys to these strategies were mechanisms like conflict prevention, dispute escalation prevention, and the limitation of the spread of violence. Despite the findings of this report, there is still not enough being done to reduce the violence that many are experiencing, particularly when considering the recent death toll, refugee numbers, and amount of violence against women and children in Syria, South Sudan, the Central Africa Republic, etc. The sad thing is that as these women and children experience so much more than this op-ed could ever express, most of us, especially those at the Security Council, will just sit by aimlessly watching as atrocities take place. This pleads the question: what is the point in having a UN Security Council that does not have the welfare of everyday women and children at the heart of its actions? Mandate after mandate and policy after policy, the UN Security Council inadequately sits by and permits the slaughter of women and children, the very civilians who will
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