UN: Ban appoints panel to probe UN response to sexual abuse allegations in CAR

New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed a panel to investigate the response of the UN to allegations of sexual abuse surrounding a deployment of foreign military forces in the Central African Republic (CAR), a statement said on Monday.

The statement made available to PANA in New York, stated that the UN chief remained "deeply concerned" by the allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse of children committed by foreign military forces not under UN command, as well as UN's own response to the allegations.

The three-member panel, which will comprise Marie Deschamps of Canada, Hassan Bubacar Jallow of Gambia, and Yasmin Louise Sooka of South Africa will aim to review both the allegations and the UN response and any shortcomings in existing procedures covering serious crimes by the UN and related personnel, host State forces and non-State actors that it may become aware of during its review.

The panel will also conduct its work independently and will receive unrestricted access to all UN records and full access to staff members and other UN personnel.

The statement said the UN will make its best efforts to facilitate the access of the panel to non-UN personnel, noting that, "in addition to those that the panel may reach out to, any person who wishes to provide information relevant to the External Independent Review is encouraged to contact the panel directly through an external email address that will be announced shortly."

The three panel members will begin their work in July and would submit a report within 10 weeks and will operate with the mandate to make recommendations on how the UN should respond to similar allegations in the future.
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22 june 2015 21:25:15

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