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Will the UN address impunity for sexual abuse?

The United Nations recently came under scrutiny for suspending an employee who blew the whistle on sexual abuse by French peacekeepers in the Central African Republic. According to the UN, the employee was fired for leaking an internal report on the situation to the French government. A judge ecently ruled, however, that the suspension was illegal and should be lifted immediately. Today, human rights advocates are discussing the issue of UN impunity for sexual abuse at a special conference. This article discusses their comments, as well as attempts to get UN spokespeople to comment on the situation.

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On CAR Rapes, Graca Machel Says DPKO Worse, Boss Ladsous & Scribes

Matthew Russell Lee, Inner City Press
May 13, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, May 13, updated — French soldiers in the Central African Republic allegedly sexually abused children, as exposed in a UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights report leaked to the French government by longtime OHCHR staffer Anders Kompass.

The UN did not, however, give the report to the host country authorities in CAR. And according to UN documents, UN Peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous then urged that the whistleblower Kompass be made to resign. (Ladsous denied this, video here, but then took no questions.)

On May 13 at a press conference appropriately called “Code Blue” held at the Ford Foundation half a block from the UN, Graca Machel said UN Peacekeeping has gotten worse. In the back, a staffer from Ladsous’ DPKO took note. The UN scribes who have protected and spun for Ladsous were present: what would they write?

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