UN in­ves­ti­gates peace­keep­ers sex abuse al­le­ga­tions

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

The United Na­tions says it is in­ves­ti­gat­ing new al­le­ga­tions that UN peace­keep­ers sex­u­ally abused four un­der­age girls in the cap­i­tal of Cen­tral African Repub­lic. The spokesman for the UN sec­re­tary-gen­eral says the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is look­ing into how many peace­keep­ers were in­volved. Stephane Du­jar­ric did not say how many troop-con­tribut­ing coun­tries had peace­keep­ers ac­cused in the al­le­ga­tions. The UN is ask­ing the coun­tries to im­me­di­ately in­ves­ti­gate. The new al­le­ga­tions fol­low a se­ries of sex­ual abuse al­le­ga­tions against UN peace­keep­ers last year in Cen­tral African Repub­lic, which has suf­fered years of sec­tar­ian violence. The UN says a fact-find­ing mis­sion is un­der way. It does not name coun­tries whose peace­keep­ers are ac­cused in sex­ual mis­con­duct, but UN Sec­re­taryGen­eral Ban Ki-moon has said he in­tends to start do­ing so this year.

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