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The Humanitarian Peace Support School (HPSS) is hosting a Protection of Civilians (POC) workshop sponsored by the Switzerland Government, Stimson Centre and Center For Civilians in Conflict. The Centre’s Director Brig J C Sitienei welcomed the Chief Guest, the Commandant Kenya Military Academy (KMA) Major General A Kiugu.
 
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This year marks 25 years since UN Security Council adopted the first thematic resolution on protection of civilians in armed conflict and authorised the first UnN peacekeeping mission with an explicit protection of civilians mandate.
 
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During his speech, Maj Gen Kiugu mentioned that a thorough evaluation of the current frameworks is necessary because the issue of protecting civilians in peacekeeping operations is currently facing a number of difficulties. According to him, the purpose of this is to spark a sincere conversation that will help guide future deployment decisions. Since protecting civilians is one of our top priorities, these decisions should be structured to ensure that the military, police, and civilian components are involved at all stages of the mission.
 
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The dialogue and discussions are aimed at enhancing the POC in conflict zones and is of significance to the Centre as a training institute for POC is top priority of all mission areas.
In attendance was the Commandant of HPSS, John Rongoei, Senior Fellow and Director, Protecting Civilians and Human Security Program, Stimson Center, Lisa Sharland, Researcher, UN program, Center for Civilians in Conflict(CIVIC), Abigail Balde, Coordination Officer, Protection of Civilians, UN Dept of Peace Operations, Lorena Escobal, Senior Advisor, Protection of Civilians, MONUSCO, Teohna Williams, Chief of the Military Operations Center, Minusca(Multi-dimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic) and Coordinator, Human Rights, Compliance and Accountability Project, African Union Commission, Adebayo Kareem.
 
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