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Impunity for Peacekeeper Sexual Abuse Must End

There has been a new case of sexual abuse in the Central African Republic, where in just 3 years, 13 peacekeepers have been accused of rape or sexual assault. This article breaks down the problem of sexual assault and abuse as it relates to impunity of United Nations peacekeepers. Often, the victims never see justice as “To a large degree, a denial of justice in peacekeeper sexual abuse is baked into the system.” Many organizations, such as AIDS-Free World, are standing up to say that the culture of impunity must change. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. The U.N. Is Not Serious About Its Peacekeeper Rape Problem Lauren Wolfe, Foreign Policy August 13, 2015 It was a raid gone horribly wrong. In the early morning hours of Sunday, Aug. 2, U.N. peacekeeping troops in the Central […]

Responsibility for Sexual Abuse in CAR Extends to New York and Geneva (Statement)

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 […]

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