General Announcements - January 21, 2011
UN Advisers Luck and Deng Gravely Concerned About Côte d'Ivoire
While the UN Security Council voted on January 19, 2011 to bolster the UN peacekeeping force in the tense West African country by providing an additional 2,000 peacekeepers, UN Secretary-General Special Advisers Francis Deng and Edward C. Luck said in a joint statement, "We remain gravely concerned about the possibility of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and ethnic cleansing” in Côte d'Ivoire.
An article by Colum Lynch in the Washington Post reported that Mr. Deng and Dr. Luck, who is also the Senior Vice President for Research and Programs at the International Peace Institute, "were worried about a spike in ethnically charged hate speech and about 'allegations that the armed forces and militia groups that back opposing camps in the current political crisis are arming ethnic groups allied to each camp.'"
According to Mr. Lynch's article, UN officials have warned that the ethnically divided country—which emerged only seven years ago from a bloody civil conflict between Prime Minister Laurent Gbagbo's army and rebel forces—could return to war.
Read Washington Post article
Read December 29, 2010 statement from Francis Deng and Dr. Edward C. Luck on the situation in Cote d'Ivoire
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February 26, 2014
Roméo Dallaire: Neutralize Child Soldiers Without Destroying Them
“We believe that by better training both police and military and a whole new dimension of working much closer, particularly information-wise, with NGOs and other agencies on the ground, we can work at neutralizing without destroying children as a system of weaponry in this era,” said Lt. General Roméo Dallaire (Ret.) at an IPI event on February 26th.
February 19, 2014
Gary Bass: Forgotten Genocide May Portend Future Stain on UN Inaction
The inability of the United Nations Security Council to halt mass atrocities in East Pakistan some 40 years ago has parallels to current inaction in North Korea, argued Gary Bass, a professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University, on February 19th.
February 18, 2014
Jok: Near Collapse in South Sudan Is Shocking but Not Surprising
The events that recently brought South Sudan to a near collapse were “extremely shocking, but they were not surprising by any means,” said Jok Madut Jok, Executive Director of The Sudd Institute, at the International Peace Institute on February 18. “It was only a matter of time before the country returned to this kind of situation,” he added.
December 03, 2013
IPI Editor Adam Lupel Quoted on the Politics of Genocide [IRIN News]