UN peacekeeping soldiers patrol in the Sango area
The claim is one of dozens of sexual assault by UN soldiers made against women and girls in the Central African Republic in recent year
French UN peacekeepers in Central African Republic have been accused of tying three girls up and making them have sex with a dog.
The UN is carrying out an ‘urgent investigation into allegations of rape saying reports dated back three years,’ according to the Independent.
The claim is one of dozens of sexual assault by UN soldiers made against women and girls in the country in recent years.
Burundian peacekeepers have been accused of raping a 14-year-old girl earlier this month while a Moroccan soldier was accused of engaging in an exploitative sexual relationship with a woman in February.
A young woman and children run behind the car transporting Central African Republic transitional President Catherine Samba-Panza
There have been dozens of such accusations against peacekeepers in Central African Republic, where the U.N. peacekeeping mission, known as MINUSCA, assumed authority from African Union troops in September 2014.
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Morocco and Burundi had been notified of the allegations.
Once notified, a state has 10 days to tell the United Nations if it intends to investigate the accusations.
If it does not, the world body will conduct its own inquiry.
“The Moroccans so far have indicated that they will investigate,” Dujarric said.
A UN peacekeeping spokesman said Burundi had until the end of the week to report back on whether it could conduct an inquiry.
The United Nations pledged to crack down on allegations of abuse to avoid a repeat of past mistakes.
The previous head of the U.N. mission in Central African Republic, Babacar Gaye, resigned last August and some 800 Congolese peacekeepers were repatriated last month.
The United Nations reported 99 allegations of sexual exploitation or sexual abuse involving U.N. staff members across the U.N. system last year, a sharp increase from the 80 allegations in 2014.
UN peacekeeping soldiers
The majority, 69, involved personnel in 10 peacekeeping missions.
The United Nations currently has 106,000 troops and police serving in 16 peacekeeping missions.
Allegations of sexual abuse have also been made against European troops deployed in Central African Republic.
French troops have been in the country since December 2013, while European Union troops were there from April 2014 to March 2015.
In December, an independent review panel accused the United Nations and its agencies of grossly mishandling allegations of child sexual abuse by international peacekeepers in Central African Republic in 2013 and 2014.
Dujarric said on Monday the U.N. mission in Central African Republic had also received new allegations of sexual abuse by
UN and non-UN forces and civilians in the Kemo prefecture that occurred in 2014 and 2015. He said the mission would send a team to the area to gather information. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/french-un-troops-accused-tying-7666398 https://archive.is/d4jne
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U.N. accused of rape, pedophilia, prostitution
The United Nations claims it is investigating about 150 allegations of sexual abuse by U.N. civilian staff and soldiers in the Congo, some of them recorded on videotape.
The charges include accusations of pedophilia, rape and prostitution, said Jane Holl Lute, an assistant secretary-general in the peacekeeping department.
Lute, an American, said there was photographic and video evidence for some of the allegations and most of the charges came to light since the spring.
In May the United Nations reported some 30 cases of abuse among peacekeepers in the northeastern town of Bunia, where half of the more than 10,000 soldiers are stationed.
The U.N. internal oversight office is expected to release a report soon on the abuse in Bunia. In addition, the peacekeeping department is sending at least two other teams to Congo to deal with various aspects of the problem, Lute said.
But the United Nations is not known for its forthrightness and candor in such internal investigations. The agency has been criticized for ignoring evidence or wrongdoing in the past – including accusations of rape and murder by “peacekeepers.”
In fact, previous revelations of peacekeeping abuses have only been revealed by news organizations. Such was the case in Cambodia in the early 1990s and later in Somalia, Bosnia and Ethiopia.
“I am afraid there is clear evidence that acts of gross misconduct have taken place,” said Secretary-General Kofi Annan. “This is a shameful thing for the United Nations to have to say, and I am absolutely outraged by it.”
Annan said the allegations concerned a small number of U.N. personnel and promised to hold those involved accountable.
“I have long made it clear that my attitude to sexual exploitation and abuse is one of zero tolerance, without exception, and I am determined to implement this policy in the most transparent manner,” Annan said.
Annan was criticized last week by United Nations workers who recorded a no-confidence vote against top leadership of the global body in what was seen as a direct swipe at his tenure. The Oil-for-Food scandal has given the U.N. such a black eye that there is talk among U.N. insiders that Annan may not serve out his second term ending in 2006.
But the new charges of rape and pedophilia by U.N. troops and workers in Congo may prove even more sensational. It’s hardly the first scandal involving U.N. workers and troops in Africa.
Former United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali’s tenure was marked by scandalous charges that he played a leading role in supplying weapons to the Hutu regime that carried out a campaign of genocide against the Tutsi tribe in 1994.
As minister of foreign affairs in Egypt, Boutros-Ghali facilitated an arms deal in 1990, which was to result in $26 million of mortar bombs, rocket launchers, grenades and ammunition being flown from Cairo to Rwanda. The arms were used by Hutus in attacks which led to up to a million deaths. The role of Boutros-Ghali, who was in charge at the U.N. when it turned its back on the killings in 1994, was revealed in a book by Linda Melvern. In “A People Betrayed: The Role of the West in Rwanda’s Genocide,” Boutros-Ghali admits his role in approving an initial $5.8 million arms deal in 1990, which led to Egypt supplying arms to Rwanda until 1992. He says he approved it because it was his job as foreign minister to sell weapons for Egypt.
Back in 1997, there were reports Belgian U.N. troops roasted a Somali boy. A military court reportedly sentenced two paratroopers to a month in jail and a fine of 200 pounds for the offense.
Another Belgian soldier reportedly forced a young Somali to eat pork, drink salt water and then eat his own vomit. Another sergeant was accused of murdering a Somali whom he was photographed urinating upon. Another child, accused of stealing food from the paratroopers’ base, died after being locked in a storage container for 48 hours. Fifteen other members of the same regiment were investigated in 1995 for “acts of sadism and torture” against Somali civilians.
The pattern of abuse was not confined to Belgian troops. Belgium was actually the third country in the peacekeeping group to charge troops with serious crimes against Somali citizens — including rape, torture and murder. In 1995, a group of Canadian paratroopers were investigated for torturing a Somali to death and killing three others.
Gruesome photos were published in a Milan magazine of Italian soldiers torturing a Somali youth and abusing and raping a Somali girl. Paratroopers claim they were specifically trained in methods of torture to aid interrogation. According to one witness, Italian soldiers tied a young Somali girl to the front of an armored personnel carrier and raped her while officers looked on.
Few other news agencies – especially in the United States – have devoted any coverage to these atrocities. The Village Voice was one notable exception.
The South China Morning Post published an AFP report about an Italian battalion commander who sexually abused and strangled a 13-year-old Somali boy. There are also allegations that, in 1993, Italian soldiers beat seven suspected Somali thieves, killing one; that they beat to death a 14-year-old boy who sold a false medal and beat a couple in a car.
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IMPACT OF ARMED CONFLICT ON CHILDREN Report of the expert of the Secretary-General, Ms. Grac’a Machel, submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 48/157
Report Details CIA, Military Barbarity By Ronald L. Ray
Gruesome torture practices reveal U.S. government as massive criminal enterprise.
WARNING: This report is not for the fainthearted. Readers who might be easily disturbed by descriptions of savage cruelty are asked to proceed with caution.
Diabolical. That is the only word to describe the grotesque savagery of so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques”—known to normal people as torture—employed by the United States military and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) against alleged “terrorist suspects.” “Torture” is the only word suitable to describe the perverse perpetrators of such vicious cruelty for purposes of “national security,” who have gained ignoble power since the CIA/Mossad false-flag attacks against the U.S. on September 11, 2001. But for all the hoopla surrounding the partial publication of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA detention and interrogation practices, it is only part of the sordid story.
German journalist Dr. Juergen Todenhoefer and his son are fearless investigators of the other side of the “War on Terror,” returning in December 2014 with first-hand reports about the Islamic State (ISIS) and its militia fighters. Todenhoefer published an account in his most recent book, Thou Shalt Not Kill, that sears the mind and heart with the events it recalls, and which has been summarized by the news and commentary website, “AlterNet.”
Bagram, Afghanistan, is home to one of the most notorious torture prisons operated by the U.S., where unspeakable brutality coexists in close proximity to a McDonald’s fast-food restaurant and other expressions of “the American way.” Here, Todenhoefer reports, a Canadian soldier-turned-mercenary, identified as “Jack,” related why he could no longer bear working at Bagram: “It’s not my thing when Afghans get raped by dogs.”
According to Todenhoefer, Afghan prisoners would be tied to a small chair, face down, and then vicious fighting dogs would be sent into the room. If a prisoner revealed nothing useful, each of the dogs would be allowed to sodomize the hapless victim in turn. “After procedures like these, they confessed everything. They would have even said that they killed Kennedy without even knowing who he was,” said Jack.
Commenting on such practices, author Lawrence Wright told National Public Radio: “And it would be hard to tell you how humiliating it would be to any person, but especially in Islamic culture where dogs are such a lowly form of life. . . . [That] imprint will never leave anybody’s mind.” READ IN FULL
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