UN / DRC SEXUAL EXPLOITATION ALLEGATIONS

12-Feb-2018 00:01:14
UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) had received four allegations of misconduct, including three allegations of sexual exploitation, involving military peacekeepers from South Africa. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / DRC SEXUAL EXPLOITATION ALLEGATIONS
TRT: 01:14
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 12 FEBRUARY 2018, NEW YORK CITY
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12 FEBRUARY 2018, NEW YORK CITY

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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General:
“According to information we have at this time, the three allegations of sexual exploitation involve adult victims, one of which includes a paternity and a child support claim. The incidents allegedly took place in Sake, Beni and Goma; that’s in North Kivu province. UNFPA has been engaged to ensure that victims are provided with immediate assistance.”
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6. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General:
“The UN has informed the Member State of these four allegations and has requested that National Investigation Officers be appointed within five days, and for investigations to be completed within the reduced 90-day timeframe, due to the serious concerns raised by these allegations; and that will be done jointly with a team from the Office of Internal Oversight Services.
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UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) had received four allegations of misconduct, including three allegations of sexual exploitation, involving military peacekeepers from South Africa.

Speaking to reporters in New York today (12 Feb), Dujarric said the latest information indicates that three allegations of sexual exploitation involved “adult victims, one of which includes a paternity and child support claim” and allegedly took place in Sake, Beni and Goma in North Kivu province. He added that the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has been engaged “to ensure that victims are provided with immediate assistance.”

The fourth allegation refers to physical violence inflicted by peacekeepers on a 17-year-old boy in Eastern Kasai. The victim has since been referred to UNICEF for immediate assistance and his protection is being monitored by the Joint Human Rights Office.

The spokesperson said the UN informed South Africa of the allegations and requested that “National Investigation Officers be appointed within five days, and for investigations to be completed within the reduced 90-days timeframe, due to the serious concerns raised by these allegations.” He said this will be done jointly with a team from the UN’s internal oversight office.

Dujarric stressed that ensuring assistance for the victims is the UN’s priority adding that MONUSCO would also provide any assistance such as the collection of DNA samples. He expressed the UN’s grave concern over the allegations despite the efforts in partnership with countries to prevent and address sexual exploitation and abuse, as well as misconduct.
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