Laryssa Kondracki’s film ‘The Whistleblower’ drew attention to the abuses by UN peacekeepers in Bosnia and forced the UN to respond. The human rights officer at the time, Madeleine Rees, is now secretary general of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.
Part 2 Rees zeroes in on the failure of member countries to properly control the national police and (in the case of the U.S.) contract employees sent to the post-conflict situation. One thing U.S. citizens can do is support Sen. Patrick Leahy’s bill S.1145 the Civilian Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act to clarify and expand federal jurisdiction over federal contractors and employees outside the United States.
The event recorded at Stanford was part of the Sanela Diane Jenkins International Speaker Series. San Jose Branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom meets at the San Jose Peace and Justice Center.