The head of the UN’s peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic (CAR), Babacar Gaye, is launching an investigation into allegations that a French member of the UN peacekeeping force sexually assaulted an underage girl.
Gaye launched the investigation the same week UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, announced the opening of an independent, external inquiry into the UN’s handling of numerous allegations of foreign peacekeeper abuse and sexual violence against children reported to have taken place from late 2013 to mid 2014 in CAR.
Over the last two decades, peacekeepers have been accused of sexual abuse in countries such as Liberia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Bosnia, Cambodia, East Timor, and Haiti.
Members of International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict are calling attention to violence by peacekeepers around the world. Aids Free World recently launched its Code Blue Campaign to end immunity for sexual violence by UN peacekeepers, and the Women Under Siege Project continues its investigative reporting on peacekeepers as perpetrators of rape and sexual violence in conflict.
When those meant to keep the peace commit sexualized violence, Women Under Siege, 25 May 2012