UN refugee agency in sex abuse scan­dal

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The UN refugee agency faces fresh ac­cu­sa­tions of sex­ual abuse and ex­ploita­tion in at least 31 cases in coun­tries where it is con­duct­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian op­er­a­tions.

The cases were filed be­tween July and Septem­ber, and stretch back at least three years, the UN said on Fri­day.

Not all the al­le­ga­tions have been ver­i­fied and some are in pre­lim­i­nary assess­ment phase, UN spokesper­son Stephane Du­jar­ric told re­porters. So far, 14 in­ves­ti­ga­tions have been launched and one case has been proven, he said. A dozen of the cases hap­pened in 2017, six were in 2015 or prior and two last year. Eleven have no known date. Of the 31 cases, 12 in­volve mil­i­tary per­son­nel from peace­keep­ing op­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing in the Cen­tral African Repub­lic and Mali. The ma­jor­ity of the civil­ian staff cases, 15, in­volve the of­fice of the UN High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees, three in­volve the In­ter­na­tional Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Mi­gra­tion and one the UN Chil­dren’s Fund. All three bod­ies were not im­me­di­ately avail­able to com­ment.

– Reuters and Chan­nel NewsAsia

31 CASES UN spokesper­son Stephane Du­jar­ric

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