In March, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution meant to respond to the growing scandal of peacekeepers raping and sexually abusing civilians. Unfortunately, the resolution only seems like a band-aid on the problem, given that it is not legally binding, relies on those who are responsible for the current culture of impunity to take action, and has vague terms that likely won’t lead to justice. It might be time for the UN to look for outside help to solve this problem.
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Predatory Peacekeepers: The UN Responds to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in CAR
Kathleen Bergin, The Disaster Law Page
April 19, 2016
In March, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2272 in response to ongoing revelations that French and west-African peacekeepers raped and sexually exploited civilians they were deployed to protect in the Central African Republic. The Resolution endorses a proposal by the Secretary General to return home the peacekeeping contingent of a country whose peacekeepers sexually abuse civilians.
Hold your applause.
The problem of predatory peacekeepers is decades old, having plagued operations in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, East Timor, Cambodia, Haiti, the DRC, and Liberia – to name just a few countries. More than a thousand accusations have surfaced since 2007 alone. It’s easy then, to shrug off the Resolution as a last-minute attempt to restore the UN’s damaged reputation – at least until it delivers concrete results.
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