Friday, September 4, 2015

French peacekeeprs sexually abusing girls in CAR

UN peacekeepers are supposed to maintain peace in the region where they are sent. Instead what we sometimes here is that they are partisans in nasty wars between rival groups. Sometimes their members even commit horrendous sex crimes against vulnerable children.
French soldiers deployed overseas have often been found to commit all sorts of crimes. In the CAR (Central African Republic) rather than maintaining peace between rival Muslim and Christian groups, they sided with the Christian militia groups which has led to almost a total ethnic cleansing of the Muslim minorities there. Many of these victims are now forced to live in shelters under watchful eyes of the UN peacekeepers. But there too many of the women and children are victims of sexual abuse by them.

Here below is the latest report from Reuters on sex abuse by French peacekeepers in the CAR.
A French soldier deployed to Central African Republic has been accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl in the latest in a series of misconduct allegations against peacekeeping forces there, the United Nations' top human rights official said.
France intervened in its former colony in 2013 to stem violence between Christian militias and largely Muslim Seleka rebels that has led to the de facto partition of the country.
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said U.N. staff were informed on Aug. 30 of allegations that a French soldier sexually abused a girl in her mid-to-late teens last year. She gave birth to a child in April and lodged a paternity case with local authorities.
"We simply have to find ways to prevent such odious acts being committed by any soldiers anywhere who are supposed to be protecting vulnerable populations," Zeid said in a statement on Thursday during a visit to Central African Republic.
He said French authorities had been informed of the latest allegation and the U.N. mission, which took over peacekeeping duties from French troops, had offered to help investigate.
Public prosecutors in Paris and French justice ministry officials were not immediately available for comment.

A French military spokesman said an internal investigation had been opened into the allegations.
Foreign troops deployed to quell the violence in the diamond-producing country nation have repeatedly been the focus of abuse allegations this year.

At least 13 French soldiers, two soldiers from Equatorial Guinea and three Chadian troops were implicated in the alleged sexual abuse of children between December 2013 and June 2014, according to a U.N. report leaked in April.
French President Francois Hollande pledged to show no mercy if the allegations were confirmed.
"Any U.N. or other foreign military personnel found guilty must be given sentences that fit the crime," Zeid said.

The U.N. mission, established in April 2014 and known as MINUSCA, has also been hit by accusations of abuse. It said last month it had received 61 allegations of misconduct, including 13 cases of possible sexual exploitation and abuse.
The head of the mission, Babacar Gaye, was forced to resign last month after Amnesty International accused MINUSCA peacekeepers of abuses, including the rape of a 12-year-old girl during an operation in the capital Bangui.

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