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Headlines Suggest Ban Ki-moon Apologized for UN Role in Causing Cholera Outbreak–But He Didn’t

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Speaking at the UN on Thursday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized to the Haitian people for not doing more to halt the spread of cholera in the country, but stopped well short of saying the UN was responsible for–or that he was apologizing for–causing the cholera outbreak, which has killed more than 9,000 people.  continue »

How We Read a NYT Story on UN Responsibility for Peacekeepers’ Misconduct

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A new Haitian cholera vaccination program. Image by UN/MINUSTAH/Logan Abassi

In this post, we’re trying something attempted once before at Just Security. Below, we present an almost line-by-line annotation of last night’s New York Times story on UN acceptance of moral—but not legal—responsibility for UN peacekeepers having caused a cholera epidemic in Haiti.  continue »

Breaking News: Security Council Authorizes Robust Peacekeeping Mandate for CAR

[The full text of Resolution 2127 is now available.]

An important development this morning in the Security Council to respond to a recent upsurge in violence in the Central African Republic (CAR).  In a resolution introduced by France, the Council authorized an African Union peacekeeping force and French troops stationed in the land-locked Central African Republic to use force against rebel forces. …   continue »

The End of the M23, Will Justice Follow?

In the last few days, we have witnessed some important and welcome developments in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)—a region of the world in desperate need of some good news.  Notably, the M23 rebel group—so named after its founders determined that the government had breached the May 23, 2009, peace agreement that was supposed to provide for the rebels’ integration in to the armed forces (the FARDC) and amnesty from prosecution—has reportedly laid down its arms after a series of battlefield defeats.  …   continue »