Rwanda Peacekeepers' service now warlike
- Saturday 18 February 2006

With thanks to UNity Summary 499

The Minister for Veterans Affairs, Bruce Billson, has announced that Australian peacekeepers who served in Rwanda with now have their service recognised as “warlike” instead of “hazardous” which does not carry any benefits above normal peacetime service

This follows a 10-year campaign by some politicians and ex-service organisations and will affect more than 600 peacekeeping personnel.

Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Alan Griffin had announced Labor’s intention to reclassify service in Rwanda at a conference hosted by the Australian Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Veterans Association in Melbourne early this month. “The recognition of service and the benefits that will flow from the re-classification of this service in Rwanda is a long-awaited but well-deserved change for peacekeeping personnel who served in some of the most horrific circumstances in our recent military history,” he said.

Over 600 peacekeeping personnel served Rwanda in 1994 and 1995 as part of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda (UNAMIR).The Australian contingent was largely a medical team whose key role was to provide medial care and health support for UNAMIR and, where possible, those injured by the massacres.

For more information, call Alan Griffin (02) 6277 4374 or 0419 353 476

e-mail: Alan.Griffin.MP@aph.gov.au