Peacekeepers sex cases mishandled
THE UN's peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) yesterday said it would probe allegations that investigations into sexual abuse by UN soldiers had been disastrously mishandled.
MINUSCA spokesman Vladimir Monteiro, reached by phone in the Central African capital of Bangui, said the force would “examine the allegation”.
A US-based NGO, Code Blue Campaign, on Wednesday said a confidential source had given it 14 internal case files regarding allegations of sexual offences against CAR civilians by UN troops.
Complaints were made against UN soldiers from nine countries – Pakistan, Zambia, Republic of Congo, Burundi, Morocco, Egypt, Cameroon, Gabon and Niger.
But a “sham process” meant these complaints were never probed in depth, it said.