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Child sexual abuse allegations horrifying: UN chief

AP
Published Jan 30, 2016, 7:16 pm IST
Updated Jan 30, 2016, 7:54 pm IST
Ban Ki-moon said UN is ashamed over damage by peacekeepers who exploited vulnerable people.
UN peacekeepers are accused of sexually abusing children in violence-plagued Central African Republic. (Representational photo: AP)
 UN peacekeepers are accused of sexually abusing children in violence-plagued Central African Republic. (Representational photo: AP)

Addis Ababa: The UN secretary-general expresses horror over allegations that UN peacekeepers and foreign troops sexually abused children in violence-plagued Central African Republic.

In remarks before African leaders, Ban Ki-moon said the UN is ashamed and horrified over the damage by peacekeepers who exploited vulnerable people. Ban was addressing an African Union summit Saturday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

 

The U.N. human rights office said Friday that it had turned up six more cases of alleged sexual abuse against children by European troops in Central African Republic. The U.N. also announced new allegations against U.N. peacekeepers from Bangladesh, Congo, Niger and Senegal.

The UN said there are likely to be 69 confirmed allegations of sexual abuse in its peacekeeping missions in 2015, including 22 in Central African Republic.

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