Musanze, 6 May 2019
Twenty-six military and police officers from 13 countries have today started the UN protection of civilians training of trainers course at Rwanda Peace Academy (RPA) in Musanze District.
The officers come from Benin, Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Netherlands, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, USA, Zambia and Rwanda that hosts the course.
According to the Director of RPA, Col Jill Rutaremara, the aim of the course is to familiarise peacekeeping trainers with the developed comprehensive protection of civilians course package in order to enable them deliver the same course in their respective countries.
Col Rutaremara says that majority of contemporary armed conflicts are generally intra state in nature involving both state and non state actors. “This explains why the majority of contemporary peace missions have protection of civilians (POC) mandates. Despite the POC mandates, violence against civilians still persists in different forms in various missions, that’s why peace keepers must therefore understand all the legal frameworks including those that mission-specific,” he said.