Those who were supposed to guard peace and the respect of the laws end up in the eye of the storm again. Once again this news has triggered the anger of those who trusted the colors of the United Nations. As Anthony Banbury, Deputy Secretary General in charge of the logistics of UN peacekeeping missions said, “there may be 69 cases of sexual abuse committed by the peacekeepers of the UN peace missions in 2015”.
This is yet another scandal in which UN peacekeepers re involved. Last year, in fact, at least 225 women were sexually exploited by the United Nations peacekeeping bodies in Haiti. A third of these cases concern underage women. The investigation had been open in 2014 and UN officials collected the testimonies of hundreds of women who have received shoes, medicine, laptops, cell phones, or money after having been abused.
Talking to the reporters at the Glass Palace, Banbury said that 22 of those cases were committed in the Central African Republic and that there are many minors among the victims. The High Commissioner for Human Rights has identified six cases committed there by European soldiers whose nationality is “unclear.”
“It is hard to imagine the indignation felt by those who work for the United Nations, for peace and security when such accusations come to light – Banbury said during the press conference – especially when minors are involved. It is truly hard to understand it”. The charges relate to the French and Georgian military contingents, as well as that of another country that has not been specified. The UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said that he will publish in February a detailed report on all the complaints gathered in 2015, indicating also the countries of origin of the soldiers who were involved.