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UN Security Council Adopts Resolution to Confront Peacekeepers' Sexual Crimes
   2016-03-12 09:49:26    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Xie Cheng

In effort to address recent sexual abuse and exploitation allegations against UN peacekeeping forces, the United Nations Security Council hears a report from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and holds a debate toward a draft resolution on the crisis at UN Headquarters in New York City on March 10, 2016. [Photo: Imagine China]

The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution to take strong action to confront sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers.

The resolution said that if a country fails to either investigate allegations of sexual abuse, fails to hold perpetrators accountable or does not inform the secretary-general of actions, its troops should be repatriated.

14 votes among the 15 nations were in favor of the resolution.

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power explained further.

"The resolution underscores that peacekeepers found guilty, not just those accused, but found guilty of committing SEA do not deserve to serve in peacekeeping missions, sending a clear message to troop and police contributing countries who fail to take action to prevent or punish credible allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation ... as well as to all member states and to U.N. bodies to ensure that these investigations are carried out thoroughly, promptly and impartially."

The UN last week reported 99 allegations accusing UN peacekeepers participating in sexual crimes in 2015, a sharp increase from the 80 allegations in 2014 across the whole peacekeeping system.

The majority of cases last year involved personnel in 10 peacekeeping missions.

Currently the UN has 106 thousand troops and police serving in 16 peacekeeping missions around the world.

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