UN / BANBURY CAR SEXUAL ABUSE

29-Jan-2016 00:02:31
A senior United Nations official disclosed the names of some of the countries whose forces, tasked with maintaining peace and security, are accused of sexually exploiting and abusing minors in the Central African Republic (CAR). UNIFEED-UNTV
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STORY: UN / BANBURY CAR SEXUAL ABUSE
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DATELINE: 29 JANUARY 2016, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, United Nations headquarters

29 JANUARY 2016, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric and Assistant Secretary-General for Field Support Anthony Banbury at the dais
3. Med shot, reporters
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Anthony Banbury, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Field Support:
“It’s hard to imagine the outrage that people working for the United Nations and for the causes of peace and security feel when these kinds of allegations come to light, particularly involving minors which is so hard to understand. The United Nations is doing everything we possibly can to assist the victims, to bring accountability and justice for them, and hopefully to prevent these cases, any such cases, from recurring.”
5. Med shot, reporters
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Anthony Banbury, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Field Support:
“We are trying to establish much stronger ties with community based organizations who we think will bring allegations to us. If some poor girl has been raped she may not feel very comfortable going up to a big UN base with barbed wire and soldiers with guns and flak jackets on, but through our work with community based organizations, hopefully that girl, her mother or father will feel comfortable approaching that organization who can then come to us.”
7. Med shot, reporters
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Anthony Banbury, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Field Support:
“The focus at present in terms of victim assistance is through a kind of psychosocial and medical type of assistance that any victim of a sexual crime deserves, needs, can benefit from. So, it’s not so much compensation, it’s more victim support. We also now are working very actively in the case of a victim becoming pregnant to find ways to ensure that the welfare of the child is looked after by the individual responsible.”
9. Zoom out, end of meeting
STORYLINE
A senior United Nations official today (29 Jan) disclosed the names of some of the countries whose forces, tasked with maintaining peace and security, are accused of sexually exploiting and abusing minors in the Central African Republic (CAR).

Anthony Banbury, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Field Support, in an emotional address to reporters in New York “it’s hard to imagine the outrage that the people working for the United Nations and for the causes of peace and security feel when these kinds of allegations come to light. Particularly involving minors, it’s so hard to understand”.

Fighting back tears, Banbury said the UN “is doing everything we possibly can to assist the victims, to bring accountability and justice for them, and hopefully to prevent these cases, any such cases, from recurring.”

Highlighting that transparency is an important part to combatting abuse, the UN peacekeeping official named some of the countries involved—all of which are UN-forces: Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Morocco, Niger, and Senegal.

Banbury pointed out that the emphasis is on establishing “much stronger ties with community based organizations who we think will bring allegations to us.”

He said that “if some poor girl has been raped she may not feel very comfortable going up to a big UN base with barbed wire and soldiers with guns and flak jackets on, but through our work with community based organizations, hopefully that girl, her mother or father will feel comfortable approaching that organization who can then come to us.”

Banbury noted that all victims in these cases were minors at the time of the alleged abuses, perpetrated by a total of 10 people from these 5 countries. He also indicated that the UN has launched its own investigation in the cases involving the DRC and Niger, as the countries did not response to the UN’s request to take the lead on the matter.

Regarding redress and compensation, the UN official said “the focus at present in terms of victim assistance is through a kind of psychosocial and medical type of assistance that any victim of a sexual crime deserves, needs, can benefit from.”

He added that peacekeeping missions are now “working very actively in the case of a victim becoming pregnant to find ways to ensure that the welfare of the child is looked after by the individual responsible.”

Banbury announced that a new website will soon feature a report by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on special measures to combat sexual exploitation and abuse, expected to be released next month. For the first time, it will identify the countries involved in the cases and provide granular information about individual allegations, the status of investigations, as well as on any disciplinary action taken.
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