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1ST LEAD UN response to CAR sexual abuse allegations was «seriously flawed» By Emoke Bebiak, dpa

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1ST LEAD UN response to CAR sexual abuse allegations was «seriously flawed» By Emoke Bebiak, dpa

New York (dpa) – The United Nations failed on several levels by not adequately responding to allegations of sexual abuse in the Central African Republic against French and other soldiers not under UN command, according to a report released Thursday.

The independent panel appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to investigate the sexual abuse allegations concluded that the UN failed to adequately protect victims and follow up with countries from which the troops hailed.

“The manner in which UN agencies responded to the allegations was seriously flawed,” the report found, noting that the UN had an obligation to investigate quickly under its human rights mandate, especially in places where UN peacekeeping missions were under way.

“The response of the UN was fragmented and bureaucratic, and failed to satisfy the UN‘s core mandate to address human rights violations.”

The panel said that UN agencies failed to take action partly because they assumed that others in the organization would do so and partly due to a “fundamental misperception” of the UN‘s obligation to respond to allegations of sexual violence.

The panel was appointed to investigate the UN‘s conduct after a UN internal review completed in July 2014 found that children may have been sexually abused between December 2013 and June 2014 by French, Chadian and Equatorial-Guinean troops, who at the time were not under UN command.

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