UN peacekeepers probed for rape in CAR

From JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE UNITED Nations is investigating allegations its
peacemakers have sexually abused a minor in the Central African Republic (CAR).
The violation of the minor, whose name and age is not disclosed in order not to compromise investigations, allegedly occurred in the crisis-laden Bambari.
UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric, confirmed the latest allegation to rock UN peacekeepers in the ungovernable Central African country.
“The alleged victim was immediately referred to our humanitarian partners on the ground for appropriate medical and psychological assistance,” Dujarric said.
He said the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services has carried out a
verification of information inquiry and preserved evidence, which will
lead to the matter being referred to the member state for further
investigation and action.
In June, it was announced about 600 troops from Congo serving as
peacekeepers in CAR would be returning home following allegations of sex abuse.
The UN has been under fire for alleged laxity on these issues.
However, last month, during the UN General Assembly’s annual general
debate, Secretary-General António Guterres announced the appointment of
Jane Connors as the first-ever victims’ rights advocate.
Connors is developing system-wide mechanisms and policies to promote
reliable gender- and child-sensitive processes for victims and witnesses to file complaints.
A ‘Circle of Leadership’ for heads of state and government pledged to
demonstrate resolve and commitment at the highest political level to
eradicate sexual exploitation and abuse.
CAJ News

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