All allegations of sexual abuse in CAR to be "fully investigated" by UN

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Vannina Maestracci, Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, briefs the press at the daily noon briefing. UN File Photo/Rick Bajornas

The UN mission in the Central African Republic, MINUSCA, says it is determined to fully investigate all allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by its forces and to hold perpetrators of such acts to account.

New reports of abuse allegedly committed by UN peacekeepers in the country were revealed last week by the human rights group Amnesty International.

The allegations reportedly include sexual assault on a minor and killings by UN forces in the capital, Bangui.

Stéphanie Coutrix has more.

The investigation has been handed to the internal oversight body of the United Nations, OIOS, which is mandated to investigate cases of alleged misconduct by UN forces, identify perpetrators and ensure accountability for victims.

The UN says the investigation is complicated due to the large number of nationalities of police and military personnel involved in MINUSCA operations.

Vannina Maestracci is Associate Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General.

"MINUSCA will not publish preliminary findings that may be prejudicial to the ongoing investigation. The mission is determined to ensure that acts of misconduct, including sexual violence by its personnel should not go unpunished, hence the importance of protecting the integrity of the investigations and the confidentiality of victims and witnesses."

MINUSCA's Child Protection Section, with the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, is offering appropriate support to the victim of the alleged sexual assault.

Stéphanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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