Journal Article

The UN Inadequacies

Ingvar Carlsson

in Journal of International Criminal Justice

Volume 3, issue 4, pages 837-846
Published in print September 2005 | ISSN: 1478-1387
Published online September 2005 | e-ISSN: 1478-1395 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jicj/mqi057
The UN Inadequacies

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The author describes the results of the UN Independent Inquiry on the Genocide in Rwanda, which he headed. The international community's reluctance to commit itself and its resources to the UN Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR or UN Mission), coupled with the inadequacy of UNAMIR's initial mandate, are identified as the crucial reasons for the Mission's failings. These weaknesses led to the failure of the UN forces on the ground to respond effectively to the genocide and inhibited their ability to protect civilians and UN staffers. The author details the failures both of the UN Mission in Rwanda and of the leadership in New York, with unflinching exactitude, drawing important lessons to help ensure that another such breakdown of the UN system during a time of crisis does not happen again.

Journal Article.  4226 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law ; International Law ; International Criminal Law ; International Humanitarian Law ; Transnational Crime

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