News in Brief – 16 June 2016 (PM)

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Stéphane Dujarric is the UN Spokesperson. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Investigations continue into sex abuse allegations in CAR

Interviews with victims of alleged sexual exploitation and abuse at the hands of foreign troops in Kemo prefecture, Central African Republic (CAR), should be finalized in the coming weeks, the United Nations said on Thursday.

The investigations are being conducted by the UN's Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) in conjunction with Burundi and Gabon.

Joint teams have so far spoken to 90 out of 106 complainants.

UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said witnesses are also being interviewed to try and corroborate the testimonies.

"OIOS will need the time to then review their findings and identify any additional resources that may be necessary to completing the investigation. As you know, these allegations date back to 2014 and 2015 and there is clearly in the area a lack of medical, judicial, and other physical evidence, which means that the work of the investigators relies primarily on the testimonies of victims and witnesses."

CAR: Blue helmets deployed to town following rebel attack

In more news from the Central African Republic:

Peacekeepers from the UN mission there, MINUSCA, have been deployed to Ngaoundaye in the west of the country which was attacked by rebels on Wednesday.

Up to 200 people have sought refuge in a church following the incident, which resulted in looting, burning of houses and the displacement of civilians.

Meanwhile, in the capital, Bangui, tensions are subsiding following protests triggered by the killing of a taxi driver over the weekend.

The UN continues to patrol so-called "sensitive areas" of the city.

Fears over political instability in Haiti

Continued political uncertainty in Haiti coupled with delays in the electoral process could potentially destabilize the country.

The warning comes from the UN Secretary-General who says the situation is further compounded by the numerous other challenges facing the Caribbean nation.

Haiti has been without a president since January, following the postponement of a disputed run-off election.

An interim leader was appointed a month later, but his 120-day mandate ended on Wednesday.

The UN chief called on the Haitian parliament, known as the National Assembly, to urgently determine a viable arrangement for provisional governance that can ensure the completion of the electoral process.

Burundi: US$1 million for peace efforts

Nearly US$1 million from the UN Peacebuilding Fund will go towards promoting conflict resolution in Burundi.

That's according to UN Special Adviser for the East African country, Jamal Benomar, who described the allocation of the funds as "timely."

Burundi continues to reel from violence more than a year after President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to stand for a contested third term in office.

The funding will support ongoing efforts to kick-start an inclusive and genuine dialogue.

The UN is mandated to support the process and mediation efforts led by the East African Community, working closely with the African Union.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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