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News Roundup – 30 July 2014

July 30, 2014

Is the UN peacekeeper selection process flawed? The Open Society recently supported four reports on the vetting and selection of peacekeepers which have been published in June/ July 2014:-

Bangladesh: sending death squads to keep the UN’s peace

Vetting in Nepal: challenges and issues

Nigeria: navigating secrecy in the vetting and selection of peacekeepers

India: tainting the UN’s blue helmets (NB:link broken – will be mended when fixed!)

Colombian peacetalks will fail without government concessions, warns FARC. 

UNRWA strongly condemns shelling of its school in Gaza as a serious violation of international humanitarian law. 

Deaths reported in Iraqi army raid. 

Gunned down in Mombasa, the clerics that have died. 

Military Offensives free DRC villages (see end of article for audio interview with MONUSCO military spokesperson).

Philippino rebels kill 21 villagers over peace deal. 

Ukraine rebel chief threatens to execute interviewer. 

EU probe finds crimes against humanity in Kosovo. 

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