Earlier this year, UN officials came under fire for attempting to cover up sexual abuse by French peacekeepers in the Central African Republic by suspending a whistleblower. More details about this scandal have now been revealed: UN officials knew about the abuse for months and when they failed to act, a staff member, Anders Kompass, passed the information along to the French government. When France began to investigate, UN officials became determined to fire Kompass but settled on suspending him when he threatened to make the information public. The investigation is ongoing and organizations like AIDS-Free World are demanding accountability for peacekeeper sexual abuse.
Part of the press release is below. Click HERE for the full text.
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TOP UN OFFICIALS IGNORED CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, PLOTTED REMOVAL OF SENIOR UN HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICIAL
— New leaks of internal documents and emails show high-level UN staff knew of CAR abuse and failed to act, plotted Anders Kompass’ removal —
Read AIDS-Free World’s full statement here and view the previously unseen UN documents.
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May 29, 2015 (New York) — AIDS-Free World has obtained several previously unreleased internal UN documents, memos, and emails that implicate high-level United Nations officials in ignoring documented child sex abuse by international peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR), of making no attempt to stop the ongoing crimes or protect children, and then attempting to cover up the UN’s inaction.
UN interviews with child victims of sexual abuse first surfaced on April 29, 2015 after AIDS-Free World leaked the document to the Guardian newspaper. Printed on the letterhead of MINUSCA, the UN peacekeeping mission in CAR, the interviews detail multiple cases of forced oral sex and anal rape by troops from France, Equatorial Guinea, and Chad.
Additional internal documents that AIDS-Free World is releasing today show that as early as May 19th, 2014, officials in MINUSCA, in the UN’s Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and in UNICEF knew that peacekeepers working closely with the UN were regularly preying on hungry 8- to 15-year-old boys, promising them food and cash. UN staff continued to document the children’s testimonies and collect evidence while higher-ranking officials who were handed each completed interview neither alerted authorities nor intervened to prevent further crimes. A final compilation of interviews only made its way to New York and Geneva in mid-July, two months after the interviewing began.
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