The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently fired the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Central African Republic after evidence arose of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers in the country. However, Aids Free World stresses that this action does not go far enough; responsibility pervades the UN all the way to its top leaders in the Geneva and New York headquarters. Despite indisputable violations on the ground, the UN has not provided remedy for victims, and the responsibility of knowing about, but not doing enough to stop these horrendous acts renders top leadership culpable as well.
An excerpt from the statement is posted below. Click HERE for the original statement.
UN peacekeeping: Rot at the top
Aids Free World
August 12, 2015
— AIDS-Free World responds to the resignation of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Central African Republic, Ban’s convening of special session to discuss sexual exploitation and abuse —
What the Secretary-General of the UN did today in firing the SRSG in the Central African Republic was both necessary and commendable. But he went only part way. In every instance of sexual exploitation and abuse committed by peacekeepers, military or non-military, both the SRSG and the Force Commander should be fired.
That is the message the Secretary-General must deliver tomorrow when he meets with the SRSGs and the Force Commanders.
Only then will peacekeeping missions begin to learn that “zero tolerance” means what it says. Only then will the raping and abuse come to an end.
Click HERE for the original statement.