The UN must review the oversight of its peacekeeping operations, Amnesty International said ahead of today’s Security Council meeting called to discuss allegations of sexual abuse in the Central African Republic (CAR) revealed on Tuesday.
“If the UN is determined to end the scourge of sexual abuse and exploitation by its peacekeepers, it must finally recognize that the current system is not working. It has failed to address abuses in the past, failing the victims it was supposed to protect,” said Joanne Mariner, Senior Crisis Response Adviser at Amnesty International.
“Ban Ki-moon himself has said that trust in UN peacekeepers must not be replaced by fear. But until the UN acts to ensure rigorous screening mechanisms for peacekeepers and increased criminal accountability for their actions, such atrocities will continue.”
On Wednesday Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the CAR and head of MINUSCA, Babacar Gaye, resigned at the request of the UN Secretary-General.