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UN removes Central African Republic peacekeepers after sexual assault allegations

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The UN announced Friday {that a} Tanzanian unit of peacekeeping forces deployed with the United Nations Multidimensional Built-in Stabilization Mission within the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) was eliminated after sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) allegations.

The UN mentioned that eleven members of the unit have been discovered to have credible allegations from 4 victims. Your entire unit shall be repatriated per UN Safety Council (UNSC) Resolution 2272, which requires that your entire unit be eliminated if allegations are found to be “widespread.”

The assertion went on to verify that members of the unit are being investigated by Tanzanian authorities who’ve “famous the seriousness of the allegations and have dedicated to taking the required motion to deal with these issues.” The assertion additionally emphasised that providers are being supplied to help the victims.

This isn’t the primary time MINUSCA has been the topic of SEA allegations. In December 2021, all peacekeeping forces from Gabon have been removed from MINUSCA after allegations from 5 younger women. In 2014, a teenage woman made SEA allegations towards a French soldier, and in August 2015, the pinnacle of MINUSCA resigned amid related allegations towards peacekeeping forces.

In a 2018 bulletin launched by MINUSCA, the Conduct and Self-discipline Staff said that it investigated 144 SEA allegations perpetrated towards minors and 123 towards adults, 267 complete, between 2015 and 2018. Data on SEA allegations by MINUSCA members from the Workplace of Conduct in UN Subject Missions reveals that almost all of alleged perpetrators have been uniformed navy personnel.

MINUSCA presently has 16,363 uniformed navy personnel, 1,236 civilian workers and 286 UN volunteers within the Central African Republic.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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