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2014 | 'Human Rights Violations by Peacekeeping Forces in Somalia' by Richard J. Wilson and Emily Singer Hurvitz in 21 Human Rights Brief (2) 2014

Wilson and Hurvitz assess the obstacles that are likely to continue to thwart the effective prosecution of perpetrators of sexual violence who are also members of the African Union’s Peacekeeping Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). This article looks at the current international legal context for prosecuting crimes committed by UN-endorsed African Union Peacekeepers. It also studies the specific Status of Mission Agreement (2007) currently operative between the African Union and Somalia (see under Legal Instruments in this section). The provision that foreign peacekeepers will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of their home State makes pursuit of them in Somalia almost impossible. However the authors shed light on possible ways to bypass the apparent immunity of peacekeepers in Somalia.