Canada urged to lead fight against UN peacekeeper sex abuse

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

OTTAWA — With the Trudeau Lib­er­als pledg­ing a re­turn to peace­keep­ing, Canada is be­ing urged to play a lead­ing role in stamp­ing out what is be­ing de­scribed as ram­pant sex­ual abuse by United Na­tions peace­keep­ers. Stephen Lewis, a for­mer Cana­dian am­bas­sador to the UN, is one of the lead­ers of an in­ter­na­tional coali­tion for the cre­ation of an in­de­pen­dent man­age­ment board to over­see UN peace­keep­ing. Lewis, co-chair of the Code Blue coali­tion, wants Canada to lead the charge in UN cor­ri­dors to wres­tle con­trol of peace­keep­ing away from the UN and place it with an in­de­pen­dent board, sim­i­lar to a bank­ruptcy trustee. Lewis and oth­ers are ac­cus­ing top UN brass of turn­ing a blind eye to sys­temic sex­ual abuse by peace­keep­ers. The coali­tion has been call­ing for UN re­form fol­low­ing the scan­dal that erupted last year in the Cen­tral African Re­pub­lic with child sex abuse al­le­ga­tions against French sol­diers in­volv­ing boys as young as nine. An­other Cana­dian, re­tired Supreme Court jus­tice Marie Deschamps, co-au­thored a re­port re­leased last month that ac­cused the UN of a “gross in­sti­tu­tional fail­ure’’ be­cause of how it re­sponded to the abuse al­le­ga­tions.

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