UN: Another sexual allegation rocks UN peacekeepers in CAR

New York,US (PANA) - A new allegation of sexual exploitation in the Central African Republic (CAR) has been received by the UN peacekeeping mission in the country, reportedly committed by one of its civilian staff last Saturday.

PANA in New York on Wednesday learnt that the latest allegation followed 15 other possible cases of sexual exploitation and abuse by personnel of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA) that are currently under investigation.

UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric, who briefed UN reporters said: "MINUSCA has informed the country’s authorities of this allegation, and the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services has immediately taken steps to investigate this case, consistent with the Secretary-General’s zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse."

He noted that MINUSCA condemned in the strongest possible terms any instance of sexual exploitation and abuse committed by UN personnel in CAR.

He disclosed that the UN Special Representative and head of MINUSCA, Mr. Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, has discussed the new case with both the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Al Hussein, and the UN Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Herve Ladsous.

"Mr. Onanga-Anyanga reiterates his personal and institutional commitment to ensure that the rights and dignity of victims are protected, an investigation is carried out swiftly, and that justice is done," Mr. Dujarric added.

Also from CAR, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, Aurelien Agbenonci, said he was alarmed by the recent eviction of 114 people from the Saint Jean Gabaladja displacement site in the capital, Bangui.

According to the UN, they have been temporarily moved to Benzvi displacement site, where they have been provided with support to resettle.

The spokesperson noted that "the Humanitarian Coordinator says he was concerned the evictions could signal the start of a wave of forced movements, with nine displacement sites hosting 2,700 people currently under threat of eviction."

"The coordinator also said that any movement of displaced populations must be based on a voluntary decision by the concerned people, ensuring best safety conditions and [respecting] the dignity of people affected, following the rules and principles of international humanitarian law and the Kampala Convention," Dujarric said.

"There are 31 displacement sites in Bangui alone hosting over 27,300 people, and the UN estimates that some 368,000 people are also internally displaced," he concluded.
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16 september 2015 13:13:08

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