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
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
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
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.xynthee, The Crone like this
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