UN refugee agency in sex abuse scandal
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