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UN withdraws Gabon’s peacekeepers from CAR over allegations of sexual abuse

The United Nations withdrew Gabon’s more than 450 peacekeepers from the Central African Republic over allegations of sexual abuse, and the Gabon Department of Defense on Wednesday in a tragedy that has long damaged the reputation of blue helmets around the world. Stated.

“In recent weeks, there have been reports of very serious acts against military ethics and military honor committed by certain elements of the Gabon battalion …” the ministry said in a statement sent to AFP.

“Following many alleged cases of sexual exploitation and abuse, the United Nations today decided to withdraw Gabon’s delegation from CAR’s UN mission, MINUSCA,” the statement reads. I did.

CAR, one of the poorest countries in the world, has been in a chronically unstable state since its independence from France in 1960.

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He is currently suffering from the aftermath of the brutal civil war that broke out in 2013 after a coup against then-President Francois Bozize.

Minus Deployed by the United Nations in April 2014, it sought to end the dispute over the Seleca coalition of armed groups that defeated Bozize against the militias supporting Bozize.

Although the intensity of the conflict has decreased dramatically, MINUSCA has 15,000 employees in the country, of which 14,000 are in uniform.

Their main mission is to protect civilians.

822 allegations of sex crimes

Allegations of sex crimes involving peacekeepers have been repeated and some delegations have withdrawn in the past, but at least publicly, no investigation has led to conviction.

“If the alleged facts are proven, the perpetrators will be brought to military court and will be judged very rigorously,” Gabon’s Defense Ministry said.

“Gabon has always been criticized by its troops, both in its territory and abroad, and demanded exemplary action.”

The United Nations has been struggling for years over allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by United Nations peacekeepers around the world.

Since 2010, we have posted 822 such allegations on the company’s website.

By nationality, the most claimed peacekeepers since 2015 are Cameroon, with 44 cases, South Africa (37), Democratic Republic of the Congo (32), Gabon (31) and Republic of the Congo (26). ..

In March 2018, Gabon said it plans to withdraw the delegation as the conflict has eased.

However, three months later, at the request of CAR President Faustin-Archangea, Gabon’s counterpart, Ali Bongo Ondimba, said Gabon’s delegation would remain.

Already by late 2016, Libreville had announced an investigation into an army of 15 suspected sexual assaults.

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UN withdraws Gabon’s peacekeepers from CAR over allegations of sexual abuse

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