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    After UN Covers Up Peacekeepers' Rapes, New Panel With Old Faces

    After UN Covers Up Peacekeepers’ Rapes, New Panel With Old Faces
    By Matthew Russell Lee, Follow Up on Exclusives

    UNITED NATIONS, January 6 2017
    French soldiers accused in detail of sexual abuse of children in the Central African Republic have all been cleared by French prosecutors. Given the obvious cover up, or failure of the French justice system, will the International Criminal Court get involved in this crime of war?

    While that question pends, on January 6 UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric, who has defended or spun out numerous peacekeeper rape incidents under former Secretaries General Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon announced yet another task force.

    Inner City Press: I wanted to know if the new Secretary-General, António Guterres, is aware of the critique by Code Blue of the current… of even the previously announced strategies and their proposal that there be a mechanism independent from the Secretariat to initially try civilian staff charged with such crimes and then make itself available to try soldiers. Is he aware of that?

    read more of this article: http://www.innercitypress.com/unsexabuse1newpanel010617.html

    another story link: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/29/un-aid-worker-suspended-leaking-report-child-abuse-french-troops-car
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    What the UN Spokesman said at the UN Press briefing concerning child sexual abuse by UN personnel is something you’ve all heard before, “political gobblely-gook”.

    Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General
    -snip-
    Question: Sure. I wanted to know… I mean… whether the Secretary‑General… the new Secretary‑General, António Guterres, is aware of the critique by Code Blue of the current… of even the previously announced strategies and their proposal that there be a mechanism independent from the Secretariat to initially try civilian staff charged with such crimes and then make itself available to try soldiers. Is he aware of that?

    Spokesman: I think the Secretary‑General is extremely well versed on this. He was briefed obviously during the transition. He was briefed during his first week. He had a long briefing on this issue. He’s very well versed on the challenges. And it’s his assessment that he wants to see more, and he wants to see more at a… in a way that will break new ground. This is not… I don’t think anyone would ever say that we’re trying to stop abuse and wipe out abuse. Any organization, whether it’s the UN, whether it’s football associations, whether it’s any organization, has had to face and will continue to face this issue. It’s about how we react, how we put the victims at the centre, and it’s about accountability, both of those who are accused of… especially for those who are accused of these crimes.

    Question: Since you say he’s been briefed on it, I wanted to ask, specifically, the decision by DPKO to override the recommendation of the Office of the High… High Commissioner for Human Rights and the panel of experts and redeployed Burundians despite 25 charges of sexual abuse… And does he support that decision or not?

    Spokesman: I’m not going to get into the details of policy discussions. He’s very much aware of the SCA issue. I think on the Burundians, we said DPKO and DFS said they would keep close eye on it, and they will. Edie?

    Question: Thank you, Stéphane. You mentioned the word “accountability.” Is this review going to take into consideration the possibility of having the UN take over, in any way, attempts to achieve accountability for alleged perpetrators who are UN staff?

    Spokesman: I think it’s going to look at everything across the board. I think… what the Secretary‑General wants to see are new ideas, groundbreaking ideas, that build on what the system has already done in the last few years. These issues of accountability raise legal issues. You know, when it comes to uniformed personnel. Even when it comes to civilian personnel, the UN… how information is trans… it’s transmitted to the right judicial authorities. It’s… all these issues are to be raised, and I think he wants to put everything on the table. Mr. Klein? Sorry.

    read more: http://www.un.org/press/en/2016/db170106.doc.htm
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    UN Peacekeepers Child Rape Cover Up in Africa
    UN Peacekeeping troops from France are alleged to have raped children in the Central African Republic from 2013-2014. A UN aid worker who disclosed information on the sexual abuse has been suspended by the UN in a blatant move to cover-up the story and punish whistleblowers. We look at the shocking controversy on the Lip News with Elliot Hill and Mark Sovel.

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  • The Crone (2762 posts)
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    1. This situation is several decades old.

    I remember when it first came up and entered my awareness, I was too horrified to believe that UN Peacekeepers could do such terrible things.

    But more and more societies and nations have dealt with this issue. So now, I am totally willing to accept that such abominations are occurring. But now I can’t understand that such a widespread problem within the UN has been allowed to perpetuate itself over twenty years time.

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      4. Very sad and tragic….

      A snip from the Guardian article:

      “We have represented many whistleblowers in the UN system over the years and in general the more serious the disclosure they make the more ferocious the retaliation,” said Edwards. “Despite the official rhetoric, there is very little commitment at the top of the organisation to protect whistleblowers and a strong tendency to politicise every issue no matter how urgent.”

      UN sources confirmed an investigation by the French was ongoing – in cooperation with the UN – into allegations of a very serious nature against peacekeepers in the Central African Republic.
      On Wednesday the French government confirmed that authorities in Paris were investigating the allegations. A statement from the defence ministry said the government “was made aware at the end of July 2014 by the UN’s high commission for human rights of accusations by children that they had been sexually abused by French soldiers.”

       

  • The Crone (2762 posts)
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    2. These words leap out at me and I can't wonder

    if the statement  is not a typo: “I don’t think anyone would ever say that we’re trying to stop abuse and wipe out abuse. Any organization, whether it’s the UN, whether it’s football associations, …”

    There should be the word “not” right after the phrase “anyone would ever say that we’re …” shouldn’t there be?

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    • CNW (2491 posts)
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      3. I think it is a typo – since they're trying to convince us of their

      saintliness, they’ll appoint another panel, blah, blah, blah.

      It sometimes seems pointless to post articles like this, as people just read it, say how terrible it is and “move on”.
      But I think it’s important to keep atrocities such as this in the publics eye. Otherwise we all become numb to events that should outrage us.

      The PTB would like for us to accept it without any pushback. We should all stay aware of what is being done by the “too big to jail” crowd.
      They were just cleared in a French court – sad.