United Nations peacekeepers often get away with crimes they commit while serving in fragile countries. The widespread sexual exploitation and abuse committed by UN peacekeepers is one of the most pervasive illustrations of this problem. Criminal accountability is scarcely enforced, as it falls on their home countries to prosecute peacekeepers, and the UN rarely follows up with cases to ensure accountability. Whistleblowers have even been fired in order to maintain the status quo of peacekeeper impunity and cover up the horrific details of sexual abuse and exploitation committed by UN peacekeepers. Most recently, a whistleblower from within the UN has been suspended for leaking an internal report documenting a case of child abuse committed by French peacekeepers in the Central African Republic. How can an organization that stands for human rights be so lenient in cases of human rights violations?
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French peacekeeper scandal exposes UN impunity again
Rosa Freedman, The Conversation
April 29, 2015
It has emerged that a UN senior humanitarian aid worker has been suspended for leaking an internal report on child abuse committed by UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) to the advocacy group Aids-Free World.
The details that emerge from the report, Sexual Abuse on Children by International Armed Forces, show that once again UN peacekeepers have abused their position and power to prey on the most vulnerable individuals in the most horrific circumstances.
Echoing previous events in Liberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (among others), the report finds that children displaced by the war – some as young as nine years old – were apparently raped and molested by peacekeepers in return for UN food hand-outs.
The allegations date back to 2014, when the CAR peacekeeping mission was being set up – and it’s clear from the report that the UN has knowledge of the abuses taking place, but has done nothing so far to hold the peacekeepers who committed those crimes accountable.
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