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Human rights and the vetting process

IPTF-disqualified policemen protesting 
in December 2006. The sign reads:
IPTF-disqualified policemen protesting in December 2006. The sign reads: “War criminals have more rights than we”

In the vetting process, UNMIBH failed to meet basic principles of due process, as laid down two years later by the UN Secretary-General himself as guidelines for vetting the police and other public officials:

"Parties under investigation are notified of the allegations against them and given an opportunity to respond before a body administering the vetting process. Those charged are usually entitled to reasonable notice of the case against them, the right to contest the case and the right to appeal an adverse decision to a court or other independent body. The inclusion of such due process elements distinguishes formal vetting processes from the wholesale purges practised in some countries."

UN Secretary-General,
The rule of law and transitional justice in conflict and post-conflict societies,
August 2004

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