UN to take ‘robust measures’ in opposition to 8 peacekeepers in DRC over allegations of sexual exploitation – JURIST

The UN Mission within the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) announced on Wednesday that “robust measures” have been taken in opposition to 8 UN peacekeepers within the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over “severe misconduct.”

UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, said in his daily press briefing on Thursday that the peacekeepers concerned within the case had been contingent members of the MONUSCO deployed at a base within the Jap DRC. In violation of MONUSCO’s non-fraternization policy, the peacekeepers had been discovered “fraternizing, after curfew hours, at an out-of-bounds bar recognized to be a spot the place transactional intercourse happens,” and likewise bodily assaulting and threatening the UN army police in command of the ensuing investigation.

The UN has taken initial measures in opposition to the individuals concerned, together with suspension, detention and confinement, pending a full investigation. The Workplace of Inner Oversight Companies (OIOS), the UN’s inner oversight physique, has been knowledgeable of the allegations, and a Nationwide Investigation Officer will probably be appointed to analyze the case in collaboration with the OIOS. The UN additionally reiterated its standing on zero tolerance in direction of sexual exploitation and abuse.

Peacekeeping is among the instruments for the UN to help host nations in restoring peace and safety of their territory. In keeping with the UN, peacekeepers might be civilian, army or police personnel, whose roles and duties embody monitoring ceasefires, defending civilians, disarming ex-combatants, defending human rights, selling the rule of legislation, supporting free and truthful elections and minimizing the chance of land-mines.

MONUSCO, UN’s peacekeeping operation within the DRC, was fashioned in accordance with Safety Council resolution 1925, with a mission to “help the Authorities of the DRC in its stabilization and peace consolidation efforts.” 

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