UN mission in Central African Republic opens investigation into sexual abuse claims

5 June 2015 | Press Releases

CAR, 4 June 2015 – The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) has launched an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse against an underage person involving one of its personnel, it was announced today.

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Babacar Gaye, head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). Photo: MINUSCA/Dany Balepe

UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters in New York that Babacar Gaye, the head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA), had immediately authorised an investigation after the Mission received information of the alleged offense, reportedly committed by a ‘blue helmet’ in the eastern part of the country.

Mr. Gaye has reiterated the UN’s zero tolerance policy when it comes to sexual abuse, according to the spokesperson, who also noted that measures have been implemented to protect the alleged victim and provide her with the appropriate care.

“The UN has also asked the troop-contributing government of the soldier implicated by these allegations to launch an investigation as soon as possible,” Mr. Dujarric added.

The allegations come on the heels of an ongoing inquiry into another instance of reported sexual abuse in CAR involving foreign troops and predating MINUSCA’s arrival in the country.