UN / DRC SEXUAL EXPLOITATION ALLEGATIONS

12-Oct-2023 00:01:44
United Nations spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters in New York that a possible case of serious misconduct, including sexual exploitation and abuse as well as assault by UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been reported. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / DRC SEXUAL EXPLOITATION ALLEGATIONS
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 12 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN headquarters

12 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric at the dais
3. Wide shot, reporters
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Upon receiving information that contingent members from the UN peacekeeping force in the DRC deployed at a base in the eastern part of the country were fraternizing, after curfew hours, at an out of bounds bar known to be a place where transactional sex occurs, the UN Mission’s military police and conduct and discipline personnel visited the premises to assess the reports they had received.
After confirming their presence and attempting to detain the contingent members for breaching the UN’s standards of conduct and the Mission’s non-fraternization policy, UN Mission personnel were physically assaulted and threatened by the contingent members. There is also evidence indicating a serious failure in the exercise of command and control by senior military officials belonging to that same contingent. The relevant authorities are being informed of the allegations, including a request to deploy a National Investigation Officer to investigate jointly with OIOS from the UN. Any identified victim will be referred for assistance in line with the United Nations Comprehensive Strategy on Assistance and Support to Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse. The UN peacekeeping mission in the Congo (MONUSCO) remains committed to ensuring the highest standard of conduct among all personnel and to enforcing the Secretary-General’s policy of zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse and the UN’s standards of conduct.”
5. Wide shot, end of presser
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United Nations spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric today (12 Oct) told reporters in New York that a possible case of serious misconduct, including sexual exploitation and abuse as well as assault by UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been reported.

Dujarric said, “upon receiving information that contingent members from the UN peacekeeping force in the DRC deployed at a base in the eastern part of the country were fraternizing, after curfew hours, at an out of bounds bar known to be a place where transactional sex occurs, the UN Mission’s military police and conduct and discipline personnel visited the premises to assess the reports they had received.”

“After confirming their presence and attempting to detain the contingent members for breaching the UN’s standards of conduct and the Mission’s non-fraternization policy,” he said, “UN Mission personnel were physically assaulted and threatened by the contingent members.”

The spokesperson said, “there is also evidence indicating a serious failure in the exercise of command and control by senior military officials belonging to that same contingent.”

He said, “the relevant authorities are being informed of the allegations, including a request to deploy a National Investigation Officer to investigate jointly with OIOS from the UN. Any identified victim will be referred for assistance in line with the United Nations Comprehensive Strategy on Assistance and Support to Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.”
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