South Africa remembers 8 UN peacekeepers following allegations of sexual exploitation – JURIST

The South African Nationwide Defence Pressure (SANDF) recalled its eight UN peacekeepers accused of sexual misconduct whereas deployed within the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Sunday.

The peacekeepers had been deployed below the UN Mission within the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) in Beni. In accordance with MONUSCO’s statement, they had been present in violation of the mission’s curfew time and non-fraternization policy by UN army police on October 1. The UN strongly condemned their habits and took measures towards the peacekeepers together with suspension, detention and confinement.

The SANDF, the armed forces of South Africa, alleged on Sunday that the UN had not been complying with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) in relation to its reporting procedures, as neither the South African Defence Advisor nor its UN Consultant had been knowledgeable of the allegations. The SANDF determined to recall the impacted peacekeepers to South Africa to take part in a home investigation of the incident. South African Nationwide Investigating Officers have additionally been appointed to the MONUSCO to take part within the Mission-level full investigation.

Statistics present that South Africa is the fifteenth largest troop- and police-contributing nation to UN peacekeeping operations. As of July 31, 2023, there are 1,170 army and police personnel from South Africa who’re members of UN peacekeeping providers. In accordance with the UN, these personnel “are before everything members of their very own nationwide providers and are then seconded to work with the UN.”

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