U.S. says countries must punish United Nations troops for sexual abuse

The United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Thursday urged all countries including Sri Lanka that provide troops for U.N. peacekeeping missions to hold soldiers accountable for sexual abuse and exploitation of women and children in Haiti.

She strongly warned the countries that if they refuse to hold their soldiers accountable, there will be consequences such as their financial compensation will end.

Former U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-moon recommended that U.N. peacekeepers accused of sexual abuse and exploitation be court martialed in countries where the alleged incidents took place.

The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously to end the mission. The allegations involved United Nations peacekeepers and other personnel. And Member States have not always given us the information we needed.

The mission started in 2004 amid unrest following the removal of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

An Associated Press investigation into a sexual offence committed by a U.N peacekeeping soldier on his mission duty has shaken the foundations of the worldwide organization and provoked harsh reactions by the global powers.

United Nations spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said that troop contributors have a responsibility to certify that none of the soldiers that are being deployed from wherever they come from have ever been implicated in any sexual abuse, and so the United Nations would expect Sri Lanka and all other troop contributors to do the same. Alleged victimizers came from Bangladesh, Brazil, Jordan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Uruguay and Sri Lanka, according to United Nations data and interviews. "Did these peacekeepers keep them safe?" Some 9,300 people have died and more than 800,000 sickened.

The resolution recognizes "the major milestone towards stabilization" achieved by the successful holding of presidential and legislative elections and the country's return to "constitutional order". But it also said global support is needed to strengthen, professionalize and reform the police, promote economic development and face the "significant humanitarian challenges" following Hurricane Matthew, which struck in October.

While the mission was marred by the cholera outbreak and sex scandals, it also redeemed itself in not only protecting civilians and ending the chaos, but also in carrying out rescue operations during the 2010 quake that killed over 200,000.

But many Haitian citizens have always seen the multinational peacekeepers as an occupying force and an affront to national sovereignty. I don't see how they've been helping Haiti at all. He said in Port-au-Prince.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

North Korean official: 'Reckless' US creating situation for nuclear war
President Trump has made it clear that the patience of the United States and our allies in this region has run out", Pence said. The US Pacific Command statement said: "The Command detected and tracked what we assess was a North Korean missile launch.

Russia, Google reach $7.8 million settlement on Android case
Google's commercial settlement with Yandex is separate from its legal settlement with the regulator. Google had been appealing the decision prior to the recent settlement.

McMaster: All options on table in regard to North Korea
The administration's immediate emphasis, the officials said, will be on increasing pressure on North Korea with the help of China. North Korea is thought to have a small arsenal of atomic bombs and an impressive array of short- and medium-range missiles.

News 17-Year-Old Girl Dies in Western Australia Following Shark Attack
The girl was surfing with her father at a surf break known as Kelp Beds when the attack took place at roughly 4pm local time. It's believed that it was the girl's mother, who was looking on from the shore, was the one to phone the emergency services.

Other news