Recently, the United Nations has come under fire once again for covering up instances of sexual abuse by its peacekeepers, this time French troops in the Central African Republic.
When the UN suspended the official who leaked the report for allegedly breaking protocol, many were outraged. Now, AIDS-Free World and other advocates have launched a campaign to try to prevent such scenarios by limiting peacekeeper immunity. As one advocate for this campaign, Code Blue, explained “When immunity becomes an excuse for impunity, it’s time to change the system.”
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EXPERT PANEL DRAWS UP INTERNATIONAL CODE IN RESPONSE TO REPORTED PEACEKEEPER SEXUAL ABUSE
Jennifer James, Social Good Moms
May 13, 2015
An international expert panel of leaders convened today in New York City to launch the Code Blue campaign demanding an end to sexual abuses by UN peacekeeping forces and the automatic immunity they are afforded when abuses occur.
In recent weeks a scathing, formerly classified, report: Sexual Abuse on Children by International Armed Forces, was leaked revealing French peacekeeper soldiers sexually abused boys as young as nine during their Central African Republic Sangris operation between December 2013 and June 2014. The report, which was ultimately leaked by a senior UN aid worker and director of operations, Anders Kompass, states that mostly homeless and orphaned boys were sexually exploited. The sexual exploitation, including sodomy and rape, by French peacekeepers occurred in exchange for food and money. The abuses allegedly occurred at the renown M’Poko airport in Bangui where thousands retreated to relative safety during the height of the ethnic violence between Muslims and Christians in Central African Republic’s near genocide.
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