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UN sends Gabon peacekeepers home from Central African Republic, following abuse allegations

MINUSCA stated that an instantaneous response workforce had been dispatched to the placement the place the abuse allegedly occurred in central CAR, to evaluate the scenario, set up prevention measures and lift consciousness amongst communities on easy methods to report sexual exploitation and abuse.

The Mission has referred the victims to humanitarian companions for medical, psychosocial and safety help, according to the UN’s insurance policies on help to victims of sexual exploitation and abuse, the UN Spokesperson advised correspondents on the common day by day press briefing in New York.

In a press launch, MINUSCA made clear that “in line with the United Nations’ global policy of assistance and support to victims of sexual exploitation or abuse by United Nations personnel or related staff, the identified victims received immediate care and support through Mission partners, according to their medical, psychosocial and protection needs.”

On September 7, the United Nations Secretariat requested the Gabonese authorities to nominate a nationwide investigator inside 5 working days and for the investigation to be concluded in lower than 90 days”, stated the MINUSCA assertion, including that the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) has additionally opened an investigation and “stands ready to assist should a national investigator be appointed.”

“Due to the serious nature of these latest reported allegations, the United Nations Secretariat took the decision to repatriate the entire Gabonese contingent of MINUSCA”, the discharge continued.

The determination was communicated to the Gabonese Government, on Tuesday, based mostly on a Security Council decision referring to troops, which makes clear that “in the face of instances of credible evidence of widespread and systemic sexual exploitation and abuse, or failures to take appropriate steps to investigate, hold perpetrators accountable, or keep the Secretary-General informed of progress, the units of the Member State should be replaced.”

MINUSCA stated that it stays “firmly committed to fighting sexual exploitation and abuse by its personnel and to fully implementing” the UN’s zero tolerance coverage in the direction of the scourge. 

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