UN: 69 re­ports of sex­ual mis­con­duct in peace­keep­ing in 2015

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

THE HAGUE — The United Na­tions says there are likely to be 69 con­firmed al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual abuse or ex­ploita­tion in its peace­keep­ing mis­sions in 2015, in­clud­ing 22 in Cen­tral African Re­pub­lic, where sev­eral chil­dren have al­leged abuse. As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral An­thony Ban­bury came close to tears Fri­day as he an­nounced four new child sex abuse cases in­volv­ing UN troops and po­lice from Bangladesh, Congo, Niger and Sene­gal in vi­o­lence-wracked CAR. He also an­nounced an al­le­ga­tion of sex­ual as­sault against a mi­nor by a mem­ber of Morocco’s mil­i­tary con­tin­gent serv­ing with the African mis­sion that pre­ceded the UN peace­keep­ing mis­sion. Ban­bury says Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon will is­sue a re­port next month with de­tails of all al­le­ga­tions from 2015 and names of coun­tries whose troops are in­volved.

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