‘Group of Friends’ launched by India to promote accountability for crimes against peacekeepers

Current Affairs

  • India launched a ‘Group of Friends’ on 15 December 2022 to promote accountability for crimes against peacekeepers, with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar announcing that New Delhi will soon have a database that will record all crimes against the Blue Helmets.
  • India, Bangladesh, Egypt, France, Morocco, and Nepal are co-chairs of the ‘Group of Friends to Promote Accountability for Crimes Against Peacekeepers’ launched on 15 December 2022 during India’s current presidency of the UN Security Council.
  • Resolution 2589 had called upon member states, hosting or having hosted United Nations peacekeeping operations, to take all appropriate measures to bring to justice perpetrators of the killing of, and all acts of violence against United Nations personnel, including, but not limited to, their detention and abduction. 
  • The resolution also called on member states to take all necessary measures to investigate such acts and arrest and prosecute perpetrators of such acts in line with their national law, consistent with applicable international obligations, including under international humanitarian law.

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