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18.5.16

When African children's lives matter, perhaps ours will too | OBV:
Allegations of sexual misconduct by UN soldiers have long been reported and documented in most of the 16 countries in which UN troops have been in operation. However, what seems striking in relation to the abuses in CAR, is the involvement of senior officers in allegedly masterminding the abuses and, that the majority of the victims here, are children.
Last December, an independent panel had already made alarming findings on the way the UN had responded to the allegations in CAR. It laid bare serious systematic failures by UN personnel and highlighted a culture of impunity, flawed investigatory mechanisms and inadequate structures to support actual and alleged victims. The panel made several recommendations to help ensure peacekeepers who engage in sexual misconduct are held to account and for the victims to be appropriately supported.


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