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UN Investigates Reports of Sexual Abuse by Peacekeepers in CAR :: Uganda Radionetwork
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UN Investigates Reports of Sexual Abuse by Peacekeepers in CAR

MINUSCA said that it had received allegations of the sexual abuse of street children in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, by members of a contingent serving there.
24 Jun 2015 07:46

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An investigation has been launched by the United Nations into allegations of child sexual abuse involving peacekeepers at its mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

MINUSCA said that it had received allegations of the sexual abuse of street children in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, by members of a contingent serving there.

They did not identify which country the troops were from, but a UN official said it was an African contingent. There are 10,000 UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic.

UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said that the UN mission was made aware of the abuse allegations on 19 June and the troop-contributing country was notified on 20 June. He did not say how many children were alleged to have been abused.

The investigations come one day after the UN announced the creation of an independent panel to review its response to allegations of child sexual abuse by non-UN forces in the country tattered by conflict.

“If the allegations are substantiated, this would constitute a grave violation of UN principles and of the code of conduct of peacekeepers,” Dujarric said in a statement.

He added that the country that contributed the troops involved had started an investigation and was expected to report back to the United Nations “as quickly as possible”.

 

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Punishment for crimes committed by UN peacekeepers is the responsibility of the country they come from.

Earlier this month the UN mission in Central African Republic said it was investigating a separate allegation that a peacekeeper had sexually abused a girl in the eastern part of the Country.

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