Friday, September 17, 2021

UN peacekeeper discipline

Dawn reports here that the UN has withdrawn the entire Gabonese contingent from the Central African Republic (CAR) due to sex offenses. Excerpt:

Allegations of sexual crimes involving peacekeepers in CAR have been recurrent.

If the “alleged facts... are proven, the perpetrators will be brought before the military courts and judged with extreme rigour”, Gabon’s defence ministry said.

“Gabon has always demanded irreproachable and exemplary behaviour from its army, both on its territory and abroad.” The UN has struggled for years over allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeepers around the world. Since 2010, it has posted 822 such allegations on its website.

By nationality, the peacekeepers with the most allegations against them since 2015 have been Cameroon, with 44 cases, South Africa (37), the Democratic Republic of Congo (32), Gabon (31) and the Republic of the Congo (26).

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