UN convoys probed for human trafficking

UN convoysFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE United Nations mission in the Central African Republic (Minusca) is investigating the illegal transportation of 50 civilians in a convoy escorted by its peacekeepers.
The mission intercepted an unspecified number of truck drivers illegally transporting the civilians to Bangassou, 700 kilometres east of the capital Bangui.
The Minusca interception operation is part of its activities to combat illicit practices and the illegal use of its resources.
“Disciplinary measures will be taken on the basis of the results of investigations currently underway,” the peacekeeping mission stated.
It reaffirmed its commitment to the full implementation of the zero-tolerance policy of the Secretary-General against unlawful practices by civilian or uniformed personnel and all contractors.
Malpractices include sexual exploitation and abuse.
Minusca has strengthened the surveillance of its convoys protected by peacekeepers and strictly prohibits unauthorized transport to contractors.
The force regularly organises convoys transporting civilians from one part of the war-torn country to another.
Christian militants and Muslim extremists have rendered the Central African Republic ungovernable.
About half the country’s population of 5 million people is displaced.
CAJ News

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