AP investigation centres around allegations of sexual abuse involving UN Peacekeepers

AP investigation centres around allegations of sexual abuse involving UN Peacekeepers

AP investigation centres around allegations of sexual abuse involving UN Peacekeepers

Written by Staff Writer

13 Apr, 2017 | 8:24 pm

An Associated Press investigation of U.N. Peacekeeping missions during the past 12 years has discovered nearly 2,000 allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation by peacekeepers and other personnel around the world.

According to Associated Press, more than 300 of the allegations involved children.

The Associated Press article highlights that over 150 allegations of abuse and exploitation by U.N. Peacekeepers and other personnel were reported in Haiti alone between 2004 and 2016.

Quoting U.N. data, the Associated Press notes that alleged abusers came from Bangladesh, Brazil, Jordan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Uruguay and Sri Lanka.

In response to the Associated Press’s investigation, the U.N.’s Head of Field Support said they were aware of shortcomings in the system.

Associated Press notes that in Haiti, at least 134 Sri Lankan Peacekeepers are alleged to have been involved in a sex ring from 2004 to 2007. It adds that in the wake of the allegations, 114 peacekeepers were sent home.

Army Spokesman, Brigadier Roshan Seneviratne, speaking to News1st on the Associated Press reports noted that immediate investigations were conducted by the Sri Lanka Army, when these allegations were initially raised, adding that the Commanding Officer of the Peacekeepers in question was discharged.

Brigadier Seneviratne also noted that disciplinary action was taken against all personnel linked to the allegations.

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