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Abuse by international peacekeeping forces

On several occasions, international community troops, have, in the name of democracy and freedom of the civilian population, toppled local governments, replacing them with authorities aligned with western interests and, with the aim of maintaining stability, installed peacekeeping forces in the area.

However, sometimes, as proven in Afghanistan, the peacekeeping forces are over-zealous in their mission, making excessive and indiscriminate use of force. They violate international human law, i.e. the regulations which, during armed conflict, protect people who either do not or no longer participate in the hostilities.

According to the Afghanistan NGO Safety Office, in 2008 there were around 2,000 civilian deaths, of which it is estimated that a quarter (500) was caused by the international forces precisely labelled as “peacekeeping”.