New series of "disturbing" allegations of misconduct in CAR

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Peacekeepers serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). UN Photo/Catianne Tijerina

A new series of disturbing allegations of misconduct have recently come to light in the Central African Republic, according to the UN mission in the country, MINUSCA.

The events allegedly took place in recent weeks.

These new allegations concern a report that three young women were raped by three members of a MINUSCA military contingent.

Stephanie Coutrix has more.

The allegations were reported to the mission's human rights division on 12 August by the families of the three women. 

Per UN procedure, the troop-contributing country has been asked to indicate within 10 days if it intends to investigate the allegations itself.

Should the Member State decline to investigate or fail to respond, the United Nations will rapidly conduct its own investigation.

Here's UN Spokesperson Vanina Maestracci.

"MINUSCA has been requested to preserve all available evidence concerning these allegations. Criminal accountability is the responsibility of the troop-contributing country, which is ultimately responsible for the good conduct, order and discipline of its forces."

MINUSCA and its partner agencies have been requested by the UN to provide assistance to the three alleged victims as may be required.

The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) is also working with a partner organization to provide medical and psychosocial assistance.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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