UN investigates report of sexual abuse of street children by peacekeepers in CAR

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Stéphane Dujarric. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

An investigation has been launched by the United Nations into allegations of child sexual abuse involving peacekeepers at its mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

If substantiated, the UN says this would constitute a "grave violation" of its principles.

Dianne Penn reports.

MINUSCA reports that it had received allegations of the sexual abuse of street children in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, by members of a contingent serving there.

Stephane Dujarric is UN spokesperson.

"The troop-contributing member state was immediately notified and an investigation procedure was initiated. Medical care and assistance is now being provided to the alleged victims. If the allegations are substantiated, this would constitute a grave violation of UN principles and the code of conduct for UN peacekeepers. The member state would be requested to take swift and appropriate punitive action."

The allegations come one day after the UN announced the creation of an independent panel to review its response to allegations of child sexual abuse by non-UN forces in the Central African Republic.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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