CIVIC Inputs to OCHA on a Peacekeeping Operation in Mali

Civilian harm is a risk in any military intervention, including peacekeeping operations, such as the one being considered for Mali. While a peacekeeping force has an obligation to abide by international law, it also has an interest in going beyond its legal responsibilities to proactively mitigate the impact of its operations on civilians. Modern military operations leave no doubt that effective mitigation of civilian harm is a fundamental requirement for mission success.



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