December 2, 2021

Status Of Forces Agreement Kenya

The U.S. government has military bases and outposts around the world and, as in the U.S., it uses contractors to support its mission abroad. Since the military and personnel of State contractors are necessarily abroad, the question arises as to how and what laws of the host country apply. This uncertainty is often resolved by bilateral (or multilateral) agreements between the host country and the United States, known as force agreements (SOFAs). The political issue of SOFAs is complicated by the fact that many host countries have mixed feelings about foreign bases on their soil, and calls to renegotiate SOFA are often combined with calls for foreign troops to withdraw completely. Problems can arise with different national practices – while the US and host countries generally agree on what a crime is, many US citizens agree. Observers believe that the judicial systems of the host country give the accused much weaker protection than the United States and that the courts of the host country may be subject to popular pressure to find them guilty; In addition, U.S. soldiers who have been sent abroad should not be forced to give up the rights conferred on them by the Bill of Rights. On the other hand, observers from the host country, who have no local equivalent to the Bill of Rights, often believe that it is an unequivocal excuse to demand special treatment and that they resemble the extraterritorial agreements demanded by Western countries during colonialism. A host country where such a mindset is prevalent, South Korea, itself has strength in Kyrgyzstan and has negotiated a SOFA that grants its soldiers full immunity from prosecution by Kyrgyz authorities for any crime, far beyond the privileges that many South Koreans have challenged in their country`s SOFA with the United States. [11] A Status of Armed Forces Agreement (SOFA) is an agreement between a host country and a foreign nation that deploys armed forces in that country.

SOFAs are often part of a comprehensive security agreement with other types of military agreements. A SOFA is not a safety device; it establishes the rights and privileges of foreign personnel who set up in a host country to support the strengthening of security measures. [1] Under international law, a status-of-force agreement differs from military occupation. While the U.S. military has the largest foreign presence and therefore represents most SOFAs, Britain, France, Australia, Germany,[2] Italy, Russia, Spain, and many other nations also deploy armed forces overseas and negotiate SOFAs with their host countries. . . .

About Bob Bergey

Bob has been driving motorcoaches since 2002, in every state east of the Mississippi and a few west, as well as the four southeastern-most provinces of Canada. In addition to driving, he's an avid photographer (and former professional), enjoys writing and technology.