United Nations outlines measures to prevent abuses

UN moves to tackle peacekeeping sex abuse

UN chief Guterres unveils proposals to end 'scourge' of sexual exploitation and abuse

UN Secretary-General António Guterres says the UN will not be associated with the vile and vicious crimes of rape, sexual violence, exploitation and abuse in any way.

Under UN rules, it is up to troop-contributing countries to take action against their nationals who face credible allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation while serving under the UN flag.

"Let us declare in one voice: we will not tolerate anyone committing or condoning sexual exploitation and abuse".

10 de marzo de 2017, 10:21United Nations, Mar 10 (Prensa Latina) The UN General Assembly discusses today actions to prevent and fight against sexual abuse committed by members of peacekeeping missions, deployed or not under the organization banner.

"Such acts of cruelty should never take place". However, he added that the "Organization continues to grapple with the scourge of sexual exploitation and abuse, despite great efforts over many years to address it".

The allegations in 2016 came from 311 accusers, nearly all of them women and girls, but Guterres said he was certain many cases were unreported.

Another proposal is to create a team of investigators to better examine the charges, check the background of the United Nations staff, to respect the "ban on alcohol consumption" and new guidelines on relations with populations and local authorities.

The report further noted that the UN chief would seek member states' support to establish a system-wide consolidated confidential repository of case information to be placed under the supervision of the Special Coordinator on Improving UN Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.

In addition, India designated the Ministry of Women and Child Development to give assistance in paternity cases and shared the applicable legal framework governing paternity claims with the Secretariat.

He also proposed that a victims' rights advocate be named as part of United Nations personnel in the four missions plagued by high incidence of sexual abuse - MINUSCA in the Central African Republic, MONUSCO in the Democratic Republic of Congo, MINUSTAH in Haiti, and UNMISS in South Sudan.

However, the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) is among the six peacekeeping missions that had no allegation of sexual exploitation and abuse to report in 2016.

The increase, according to the report, is explained by the fact that more victims are speaking out.

Amnesty International said it was encouraged by the proposal to stop paying countries that fail to investigate abuse allegations against their troops and called on the General Assembly to endorse it.

Sexual exploitation and abuse are deeply rooted in gender inequality and discrimination. United Nations officials said at a press conference that U.S. $ 49,000 had already been retained.

In 2016, 103 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse were reported in United Nations field missions, according to a United Nations peacekeeping report released in March 2017.

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