Peace­keep­ers sex cases mis­han­dled

The Nation - - WORLD -

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.

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