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…

“They said ‘it’s your government to protect you.’ We said it was the government that killed us:” Civilian Perspectives on the Future of UNMISS

By Lauren Spink and Daniel Levine-Spound   Between November and December of 2020, CIVIC carried out interviews with civilians and civil society leaders living in Bor, Juba, and Wau in South Sudan. Up until recently, the UNMISS bases in each of these locations hosted a Protection of Civilians (PoC) site. The sites were created in…

Power Politics Obstructs Protection of Civilians in — and after — the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

By Beatrice Godefroy and Julien Théron Even as people in Ukraine’s Donbas region continue to suffer amid the seven-year-long conflict between government forces and Russian-backed separatists, populations elsewhere in Eastern Europe find themselves also at the center of lingering tensions between conflicting regional powers. The “flash” hostilities that broke out between Armenia and Azerbaijan in…