For far too long, peacekeepers who rape and sexually abuse the people they are meant to serve have been allowed to get away with their crimes. The problem is largely due to the fact that peacekeepers’ home countries are responsible for prosecuting them, but nobody ever pressures them to do so. The UN itself also doesn’t take enough measures to combat the culture of impunity that allows peacekeepers to get away with these crimes. This article recommends that there be a “comprehensive, investigative assessment of the UN’s response to sexual exploitation and abuse allegations” and says “Countries need to feel meaningful pressure to bring sexual abuse cases before their civilian courts; if they fail to do so, they need to be publicly outed.”
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UN peacekeepers who rape and abuse are criminals – so treat them as such
Joanne Mariner, The Guardian
August 20, 2015
Appalled by horrific descriptions of sexual abuse by UN peacekeeping forces, the organisation’s secretary general spoke passionately about the need to stop such crimes in its ranks.
“We cannot rest,” he said, “until we have rooted out all such practices. And we must make sure that those involved are held fully accountable.”
These words sound very much like the ones spoken by the UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon last week in response to reports of sexual abuse by peacekeepers in Central African Republic (CAR).
But they were spoken more than a decade ago. It was a previous secretary general, Kofi Annan, who first pledged to eliminate the scourge of sexual abuse from the UN.
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