Lobby group ueges UN to step away from peacekeeping rape probe
April 12, Geneva: The United Nations is not in a position to investigate claims of sexual abuse committed by its own peacekeepers and must step aside to allow the law to take it course, a lobby group has said.
The call by Paula Donovan, co-director of the Code Blue Campaign to end impunity for sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeepers on
Monday, comes as pressure mounts on the global body following a series of allegations pitted against its troops in the Central African Republic, media reports said.
Donovan described the UN's ability to probe itself on such sensitive matters as untenable.
"We are saying that the UN should recuse itself in the law inforcement in assessing the crimes and in determining who should hold responsibility and be accountable for those crimes,” he said.
Donovan, a director at the AIDS-Free World NGO, said in a media briefing broadcast over the internet said, "This is a conflict of interest and they need to remove itself from the criminal side and focus entirely on the care of victims and allow the appropriate law enforcement officials to do their job."
The Oslo Times