UNITED NATIONS, June 18 -- The UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations under Herve Ladsous has waved a previous restriction on using troops from post-coup Fiji.
DPKO now says it is entirely up to Fiji to vet its own troops for "violations of international human rights law or international humanitarian law."
Clearly, a coup government would not deem itself to be violating such laws. So Ladsous has undermined this previous UN Peacekeeping safeguard.
Subject: Your question on Fijians in UNDOF
From: UN Spokesperson - Do Not Reply [at] un.org
Date: Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 2:36 PM
To: Matthew.Lee [at] innercitypress.com
Regarding your question on Fiji's deployment to the UN Disengagement Observer Force, we have the following to say:
Fiji's deployment to UNDOF will be implemented in line with the Department of Peacekeeping Operations's human rights policy. It is the responsibility of the Government of the Republic of Fiji, as with all troop contributing countries, to ensure that its personnel have not been convicted of, are currently under investigation for, or being prosecuted for any criminal offence, including violations of international human rights law or international humanitarian law.