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Accountability in Global GovernancePluralist Accountability in Global Governance$
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Gisela Hirschmann

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198861249

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198861249.001.0001

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Human Trafficking and the Violation of the Rights of Detainees

Human Trafficking and the Violation of the Rights of Detainees

The Accountability of International Peacekeepers in Bosnia

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Accountability in Global Governance

Gisela Hirschmann

Oxford University Press

This chapter contains two case studies on the accountability of peace operations in Bosnia. The first case study analyzes how pluralist accountability evolved in response to allegations that a significant number of international personnel, partly under contract with private military companies, were involved in sex trafficking. In the case of human trafficking, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Bosnia as well as domestic institutions acted as accountability holders. The second case study on Bosnia demonstrates how pluralist accountability failed to evolve in response to the violation of detainees’ rights by the NATO-led Stabilization Force (SFOR) operation. In this case, competition was rather weak as there were no concurring transnational nongovernmental or intergovernmental human rights organizations that competed for promoting the rights of detainees. Moreover, SFOR’s low vulnerability with regard to human rights demands hindered the evolution of pluralist accountability.

Keywords:   accountability, human rights, human trafficking, detentions, private military companies, NATO Stabilization Force, International Police Task Force, United Nations Mission in Bosnia, United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights

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