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posted 07 January 2007 11:23 AM      Profile for EmmaG        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

More than 300 members of United Nations peacekeeping missions have been investigated by the international body for alleged sexual exploitation and abuse during the past three years.

A senior UN official made the announcement Friday, saying that half of those who were investigated were fired or sent home.

The news came after a report by the U.K.'s Daily Telegraph newspaper, which included allegations that UN personnel in southern Sudan took part in sexual exploitation and abuse of more than 20 children.

The UN was trying to determine whether they were fresh charges, or ones the UN had already investigated as part of its probe, The Associated Press reports.

Jane Holl Lute, the UN's assistant secretary general for peacekeeping, said the organization had stepped up efforts in the past two years to crack down on sex abuse. However, she told a news conference there is still work to be done, noting: "We're not satisfied with where we are."

The UN first came under close scrutiny in relation to sexual abuses in early 2005 after allegations that peacekeepers in Congo traded food and money for sex with Congolese women and girls.

A report several months later slammed the body's military arm as deeply flawed and claimed abuses had been reported from Bosnia to Kosovo and Cambodia, East Timor, West Africa and Congo.

As a result the organization brought in a new code of conduct and stepped up its zero tolerance policy on sexual abuse.

Efforts are currently underway to combat prostitution.

According to the UN's Department of Peacekeeping, there are 13 investigations currently underway in Sudan, dealing with allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by members of peacekeeping forces.

Several Bangladeshi peacekeepers have been disciplined for their alleged roles in a case of sexual exploitation and abuse in southern Sudan in June 2006.

How could someone take advantage of those already in such a vulnerable and oppressed position:?

From: nova scotia | Registered: May 2006  |  IP: Logged
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posted 07 January 2007 01:25 PM      Profile for sidra   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
How could someone take advantage of those already in such a vulnerable and oppressed position:? -EmmaG

How many a staff of organizations and institutions that are established for the purpose of caring and advocating for and protecting the vulnerable and the oppressed just hide behind that veneer of trust and indulge in the unconscionable.

Evidently counting on media and public's skepticism "Oh, these things do not happen there".

Happened many times with such "trusted" entities, here in Ontario, over the last 20 years. Think of how much efforts it took to convince for investigations to be conducted and action to be taken, in the face of officials, public and journalists' skepticism.

I do not know who broke this story but it is refreshing to know that journalists and people's skepticism seems to start giving way to vigilence.

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