Preparedness in urban operations: a commander’s planning checklist to protect civilians

By Sahr Muhammedally May 11, 2021 – Protecting civilians in urban operations is complex. Separating military targets from civilian populations is hard in any environment, but in urban areas, the density of the population, civilian objects – such as homes and schools, hospitals, electric power grids, and water sources – magnifies the challenges. Urban environments…

New Report by the UN Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (C-34) Advances and Limits the Protection of Civilians

By Josh Jorgensen and Alison Giffen   Last week, the UN Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (referred to as the C-34 and comprised of peacekeeping troop, police, and financial contributors) released their annual report. New language on the protection of civilians (POC), including on early warning, civilian harm mitigation, training, and community engagement helps align…

US in Review – April 2

Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) shares regular updates about the work of our global programs. Our US program, helmed by US Program Director, Daniel R. Mahanty, works with US institutions to protect civilians trapped in conflict around the world. This biweekly newsletter is compiled by the program’s fellows.   The US in Afghanistan The…

Civil Society Experts, Analysts, and MEPs in Europe and Africa Raise Concerns with the EU Adoption of the European Peace Facility (EPF)

On March 22, EU leaders adopted the European Peace Facility (EPF), a new fund that will allow the EU to train militaries around the world and equip them with lethal weapons. This is despite experts – including civil society – raising their concerns that the fund could worsen conflicts and contribute to human rights abuses…

The UN Security Council Approves a Streamlined Mandate for UNMISS that Prioritizes Protection of Civilians in South Sudan

On March 12, the UN Security Council unanimously approved resolution 2567, which renewed the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The renewal comes on the heels of a year in which subnational violence with links to national political rivalries increased, parties to the revitalized peace agreement failed to implement many of…

Official Launch of the Civilian Casualties Identification, Tracking and Analysis Cell for G5 Sahel Joint Force Operations

On June 27, 2020, General Oumarou Namata, commander of the G5 Sahel Joint Force, approved the establishment of the Civilian Casualties Identification, Tracking and Analysis Cell (CITAC or MISAD in French) within the force. The Joint Force launched the MISAD as part of its implementation of the Human Rights Compliance Framework (HRCF), which is being…

Immediate Action is Needed to Strengthen MINUSCA’s Protection of Civilians in CAR

By Viola Giuliano and Josh Jorgensen   On February 16, 2021, the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General recommended that the UN Security Council authorize an additional 3,690 uniformed personnel to reinforce the UN peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). Tomorrow, the Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Peace Operations will brief the Security Council on the situation…