On July 20, 1998 four members of a United Nations peacekeeping unit stationed in the mountains of Tajikistan, went missing. Their bodies were subsequently found strewn over a hillside near the wreckage of their vehicle. Each of the men had been shot in the head and chest. The murder threatened the UN peacekeeping mission in Tajikistan and the stability of a tenuous peace agreement which had ended a brutal civil war. As legal adviser to the UN mission, Ronald Poulton was involved in the trial of three members of a fundamentalist army arrested for the murder of the UN peacekeepers. In the following excerpt from his new book being released this week, Pale Blue Hope: Death and Life in Asian Peacekeeping, Poulton depicts part of that trial.
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Philip Slayton, in his article entitled “Moral Neutrality is No Longer Enough” (Canadian Lawyer, February 2009), argues that the given the ethical problems of the 21st century, the practice of moral “neutrality” in the legal profession is no longer sustainable and must be left behind.