ABSTRACT

The main purpose of granting immunity to international organizations is to protect them against the unilateral interference by the individual government of the state in which they are located. Immunity protections are particularly important in peacekeeping operations where the United Nations (UN) is often intervening in an unstable political environment and where normal institutions of law and order are not functioning. With the rapid expansion of UN peacekeeping since the early 1990s, the General Assembly has regularly passed resolutions calling on states to respect the privileges and immunities. In any case, the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations and the Secretary-General's office have indicated that when a person is accused of having committed "gross misconduct", or an act of child abuse, an investigation should be conducted. With the possible exception of UN Temporary Executive Authority (UNTEA) in the early 1960s, it has more than a decade that the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations has been engaged in transitional governance operations.