UN Says New Reports of Sexual Abuse in Central African Republic

The United Nations said it had received reports that European soldiers in the Central African Republic abused or exploited young girls and boys, adding to previous cases of abuse that have damaged the reputation of peacekeeping troops in the diamond-rich nation.

A UN team in the Central African Republic recently found six cases of possible abuse by French and European Union troops in the war-torn country, according to an e-mailed statement from High Commissioner of Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein on Friday. Three countries as well as the European Union have already begun investigations or referred the cases to judicial authorities, the statement said. The incidents date from 2014.

Peacekeeping troops including UN soldiers in the Central African Republic have been hit by allegations of sexual abuse since 2014, prompting the resignation last year of the head of the UN mission, Babacar Gaye.

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