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U.N. Watch: No immunity |

U.N. Watch: No immunity

| Sunday, June 7, 2015 9:00 p.m

The not-so-secret scandal of serial sexual abuse that’s alleged during United Nations peacekeeping missions is under increased scrutiny from an advocacy group, which is demanding an end to immunity for U.N. personnel and an independent commission to investigate allegations.

The Code Blue campaign by the group AIDS-Free World is supported by former diplomats and U.N. staff, Newsweek reports. The group’s announcement followed a leaked internal U.N. report detailing sexual abuse by French troops assisting U.N. peacekeepers in the Central African Republic. The soldiers allegedly exploited starving children in exchange for food.

In typical U.N. fashion, Turtle Bay went after the messenger, temporarily suspending the official who leaked the report, according to The Guardian newspaper. Anders Kompass has since returned to work but faces a U.N. investigation.

This is precisely the kind of U.N. damage control that has enabled sexual abuse by U.N. peacekeepers and non-military personnel — who allegedly commit most of the atrocities during peacekeeping missions, according to AIDS-Free World. Among 79 allegations of sexual abuse reported last year, 69 percent of the accused were non-military workers and protected by immunity.

This sickening trend will continue until the accused, peacekeepers and non-military personnel alike, are stripped of their U.N. immunity and prosecuted.

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