Are UN reforms enough to end sex abuse scandal?

The UN registered 99 sex abuse complaints against its peacekeeping forces in 2015 – a sharp rise from the year before.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers “a cancer in our system”.

The UN received 99 sexual abuse complaints against its staff in 2015 – a sharp increase from the 80 allegations the year before.

The report lists allegations against UN military and police personnel from 21 different countries.

Most of them are from African countries, but there are also allegations against staff from several European nations and Canada.

UN staff accused of sexual abuse are rarely prosecuted. Human rights campaigners say that has contributed to a sense of impunity.

The report calls for the UN general assembly and troop-contributing members to allow prosecutions inside the countries where the crimes take place, as well as the creation of a DNA registry of all peacekeepers.

So, we ask, is this enough to give victims justice and end one of

the worst scandals to hit the UN in years?

Presenter: Laura Kyle


Stephen Cockburn – Deputy Regional Director of West and Central Africa for Amnesty International

Seth Earn – Legal Adviser to the “Code Blue” campaign that aims to end immunity for sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeeping personnel

Ryan McCarrell – Author of the article “The United Nations and Sexual Abuse”

Source: Al Jazeera


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