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UN Secretary-General calls for decisive and bold action

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The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon
The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, is calling for decisive and bold action to end sexual abuse and exploitation by UN Peacekeepers.

Speaking to the 15-nation U.N. Security Council, Mr. Ban said such abuse, 69 allegations last year alone, undermines the trust between the U.N. and the people it is sent to protect.

He said: “It betrays the values and principles that the UN purports to advance, and tarnishes the credibility of United Nations peacekeeping operations and the United Nations as a whole.“

The UN Mission in the Central African Republic, MINUSCA, has been the subject of the most allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation, 22 last year and several more in 2016.

The U.N. chief has pursued a “zero tolerance” policy against such crimes for several years, but cases have continued to rise.

In a report last month on the subject, the Secretary-General proposed new initiatives to strengthen the UN’s response, including helping end impunity, assisting victims and improving accountability for perpetrators.

 


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