Head of UN Peacekeeping Mission Fired Amid Sex Abuse Allegations
The UN Secretary General has dismissed the head of the agency's peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic in the wake of numerous sex abuse allegations against peacekeeping troops.
Ban Ki-moon announced the resignation of Babacar Gaye, 64, and pledged to take action on the "outrageous and indecent actions of a few people," the Guardian reported.
"I cannot put into words how anguished, angered and ashamed I am by recurrent reports over the years of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN forces," Ban said.
Amnesty International alleged that UN peacekeepers earlier this month killed a 16-year-old boy and his father and raped a 12-year-old girl in Bangui in two separate incidents.
They're just the newest blows against the UN mission in CAR, after it was accused of mishandling child sexual abuse allegations against French soldiers and its own peacekeepers. Ban called in June for an independent inquiry into those allegations, the results of which are expected to be revealed soon.
The secretary general slammed what he called the "systematic problem" of sexual exploitation. Addressing sexual abuse victims, Ban emphasized: "I want victims to know that we will strive to uphold our institutional responsibility to safeguard their security and dignity."