Thursday, 30 April 2015

Controversy at UN over alleged sexual abuse by peacekeepers in CAR

The controversy over the leaked United Nations report detailing sexual abuse of children committed by French troops at the beginning of the MINUSCA mission in Central African Republic has grown since the story hit the headlines on Wednesday with the whistleblower being suspended and placed under investigation by the UN Office for Internal Oversight Services.

The whistleblower is a Swedish citizen. The Swedish government has issued a press statement on the matter.

Separately, the French authorities, who have jurisdiction to prosecute crimes committed by their troops in the mission, confirmed they are investigating 13 soldiers in connected with the allegations. According to reports on The Guardian, allegations that Chadian soldiers were also involved in the abuse are included in the leaked report.

/ Sally