Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Anthony Morland, IRIN contributor
As French investigators prepare to return to Central African Republic to look further into two-year-old accusations that French soldiers deployed in the country sexually abused children, there is no sign of any criminal charges being laid any time soon, let alone of convictions being secured.
By Lou Pingeot
The United Nations is increasingly hiring Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs) for a wide array of security services. The UN’s leadership says these services are needed to protect the organization’s staff and worldwide operations from growing threats and unprecedented dangers. But many reports from governments, NGOs and the media have shown how PMSCs have committed serious human rights abuses, killed or injured innocent civilians, engaged in financial malfeasance and committed many other breaches of the law. Given the track record of these companies, serious questions
arise as to whether PMSCs are appropriate UN partners for the complex task of creating a secure, just and lawful world. Opacity around the UN’s use of PMSCs has so far prevented a healthy debate.
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Transforming Ethiopia TE
By Peter Heinlein
ADDIS ABABA – The United Nations special envoy for Somalia says the “Road Map” peace deal signed last September is on track to produce a breakthrough in ending the Horn of Africa country’s 20-year political vacuum.
2 May 2012 – The Security Council today called on Sudan and South Sudan to immediately end hostilities and resume negotiations within two weeks to resolve all outstanding issues, and voiced its intention to take “appropriate measures” if the parties do not comply.