Peacekeeping countries urged to end sexual abuse

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The UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) and the National Police conducting a joint operation in the capital Bangui. Photo: UN/MINUSCA/Nektarios Markogiannis

Countries that provide personnel to UN peacekeeping operations have been urged by the UN Secretary-General to do more to end sexual abuse in the field.

Ban Ki-moon has come up with specific actions for governments to end what he called "flagrant sexual exploitation" by peacekeepers of the civilians they are assigned to protect.

The UN chief's call comes on the heels of more than 60 allegations of possible misconduct by UN staff in the Central African Republic.

Maria Carlino reports.

Sexual abuse by peacekeepers is a violation of everything the UN stands for and the culture of accountability the organization is trying to promote, according to the UN Secretary-General.

Investigations are currently underway into the alleged abuse of a minor in the Central African Republic (CAR) by a member of the French military force in the country.

Here's Ban Ki-moon.

"Just as we cannot field successful peacekeeping missions without you, stopping sexual exploitation and abuse depends on your full engagement and support. That is why I am asking you today to join me in doing more — much more — to end this unacceptable conduct.  Allegations must be reported. Investigations must be speedy and thorough. Perpetrators must be punished.  Zero tolerance must be the rule."

Mr Ban also called on troop providers to fully vet troops before deployment and boost support for victims of abuse.

Maria Carlino, United Nations.

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