Central African Republic: it’s necessary to tackle sexual exploitation

The national flag of the Central African Republic flies in the sky. The national flag of the Central African Republic flies in the sky. Aboodi Vesakaran via Unsplash

30 September

As new sexual exploitation’s allegations were received by MINUSCA, the necessity to act is growly urgent.

Christian Saunders, the new UN Special Coordinator on Improving UN Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, or SEA, underscored the need to "turn words into deeds" when it comes to zero tolerance of the scourge. Where abuses do occur, perpetrators will be held accountable, he declared, including though criminal investigations that could lead to job loss or imprisonment.

Together with him, notable UN authorities spoke up about those abuses since recently part of the civilian staff and personnel of the peacekeeping mission in the country committed such brutalities. Stéphane Dujarric, UN spokesperson reported that the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services launched an investigation into allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse following the zero-tolerance policy for such acts perpetrated by UN personnel.

Meanwhile, Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, the Secretary-General's Representative and chief of MINUSCA, has reviewed the latest case with both the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, and the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, reiterating his personal and institutional commitment to ensuring that victims' rights to safeguard dignity, to conduct a fast inquiry and to ensure that justice would be served.

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by Viola Rubeca

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