In missions all over the world, the UN has been seen as more willing to save face with member states than to be accountable to victims of sexual abuse, cholera and other wrongdoing. Not only does this deny justice to victims but it also puts peacekeepers in war zones at risk of retaliation, and it damages the UN’s reputation as a promoter of human rights. This article gives concrete examples of lack of UN accountability (as in Haiti’s cholera epidemic) and explains the importance of closing the “accountability gap.”
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UN peacekeepers in Africa: Culpable and accountable
Nanjala Nyabola, The Herald
October 20, 2015
AFTER several months of intrigue and seeming inaction, the UN spokesperson finally announced on August 13, that the head of MINUSCA, the UN mission in the crisis-torn Central African Republic, was finally being relieved of his post.
This drastic move was only taken after Amnesty International made horrifying revelations about the indiscriminate murder of a 16-year old boy and the rape of a 12-year-old girl in separate incidents in CAR.
Yet these were only the latest accusations of violence against civilians perpetrated by peacekeepers in CAR this year. Several peacekeepers are currently under investigation by the French law enforcement authorities after a whistle-blower went directly to them following apparent inaction by the mission and New York.
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