Positive advances in CAR overshadowed by sex abuse allegations: UN

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Bangui, Central African Republic. UN File Photo/Nektarios Markogiannis

Deeply disturbing allegations of misconduct and sexual abuse continue to overshadow positive advances in the Central African Republic (CAR), the UN peacekeeping chief has warned.

Some of them were "extremely shocking" Hervé Ladsous told members of the Security Council Friday.

The country's newly-sworn in President recently appointed a "leaner" cabinet including four women and Muslims.

Janie Cangelosi has the story.

The head of UN peacekeeping vowed to stand firmly behind the victims of sex abuse who showed courage, he said, in coming forward with their stories.

Herve Ladsous told members of the Security Council that the UN mission in the country, MINUSCA, would continue to work to ensure the women and girls received the assistance and justice they deserved.

He also said that the UN counted on and expected troop and police contributing countries to re-double efforts to address this "unacceptable conduct".

"Sadly, these positive developments in the country have again been overshadowed by allegations of misconduct and sexual exploitation and abuse by MINUSCA and international forces. I am deeply disturbed by the continued allegations, some of which are extremely shocking."

The Secretary-General's Special Coordinator, Jane Holl Lute, recently travelled to the Central African Republic to push for a swifter investigation process.

Janie Cangelosi, United Nations.

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