The UN has received 44 accusations of sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers as well as staff on peacekeeping missions.
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said 29 cases of sexual abuse were reported against peacekeepers in Central African Republic, two in Haiti, seven in the Democratic Republic of Congo, one each in South Sudan, Côte D’Ivoire, Mali, Sudan as well as Libya.
The UN has come under fire for abuse on the parts of peacekeepers in their country of deployment, especially in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Central African Republic (CAR).
The UN has however previously stated that it is working on “key initiatives, including the vetting of all individuals being deployed for any prior misconduct and the establishment of Immediate Response Teams to gather evidence following reports of sexual exploitation and abuse”.
In a bid to help the victims of this abuse, the UN set up a Trust Fund in March because “peacekeepers exploit the vulnerability of the people they have been sent to protect, it is a fundamental betrayal of trust. When the international community fails to care for the victims or to hold the perpetrators to account, that betrayal is compounded.”
The UN called on other countries to donate to the fund as Norway which made the first pledge promised $125,000.
The UN peacekeeping mission is “a unique and dynamic instrument developed by the Organization as a way to help countries torn by conflict to create the conditions for lasting peace.”
The UN has 105,000 peacekeepers deployed in 16 hotspots around the world as well as political missions in a host of countries including Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia.