Peacekeeper Babies: An Unintended Legacy of United Nations Peace Support Operations

O Simic, M O'Brien, 'Peacekeeper Babies: An Unintended Legacy of United Nations Peace Support Operations' (2014) 21 (3) International Peacekeeping 345-363

Posted: 21 Apr 2016

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Olivera Simic

Griffith University - Griffith Law School

Melanie O'Brien

University of Western Australia

Date Written: April 18, 2015

Abstract

In March 2008 the United Nations General assembly adopted Resolution 62/214, which promulgated the ‘Comprehensive Strategy on Assistance and Support to Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by United Nations Staff and Related Personnel’. Although reports on widespread sexual exploitation and sexual abuse emerged in the early 1990s, until 2008 there was no strategy specifically developed to assist women sexually exploited or abused by, and children fathered by, UN peacekeepers. In this sense, the Comprehensive Strategy is groundbreaking. However, we argue that UN policy fails to distinguish adequately between sexually exploitative and consensual relationships, which can create confusion for personnel as to what sexual conduct is permitted and what is prohibited. This paper will provide a critical analysis of the Comprehensive Strategy, examining its potential and obstacles to its implementation, with specific regard to children born to peacekeeping personnel engaged in consensual relationships with local women. This examination will be conducted within the context of the case study of Marko Šušnja, born to a Bosnian peacekeeper father and East Timorese mother

Keywords: International agreements Sexual exploitation

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Simic, Olivera and O'Brien, Melanie, Peacekeeper Babies: An Unintended Legacy of United Nations Peace Support Operations (April 18, 2015). O Simic, M O'Brien, 'Peacekeeper Babies: An Unintended Legacy of United Nations Peace Support Operations' (2014) 21 (3) International Peacekeeping 345-363 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2766763

Olivera Simic (Contact Author)

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Melanie O'Brien

University of Western Australia ( email )

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