UN pushes ‘get-tough agenda’ on peacekeeperS sex abuse

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UNITED NATIONS, United States: A former number two at the US Department of Homeland Security is forcing the United Nations to confront one of the worst crises in its history: sexual abuse by peacekeepers. Jane Holl Lute, who also served on the White House’s national security council, is pushing what she describes as a “get-tough agenda” to end a wave of allegations of child rape and sexual exploitation that has hit UN peacekeeping, in particular the UN mission in the Central African Republic. “It is shocking,” she said in an interview on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). “The things that we find ourselves speaking about in the halls of this house that have gone on in the field: it’s stunning.” Lute was appointed in February as the UN’s special coordinator on improving the response to sexual abuse in peacekeeping, a position created after an independent panel found the world body had grossly mishandled the cases.

AFP

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