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"The United Nations is investigating 150 allegations of sexual abuse by peacekeepers in Congo, a disturbing sign that efforts to rid the so-called "blue helmets" of such misconduct in recent years haven't worked"

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While I'm sure the abuse of the position as 'blue helmets' is bad, shouldn't the carnage and slaughter be a bigger concern?
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Follow up, the UN is NOT coordinating prosecution, and they are hiding the identities of the offenders.

They claim that they have no jurisdiction, but isn't this sort of thing exactly what ICC was created for?


The peacekeepers lured girls, some as young as 13 years of age, with promises of food and small sums of money and had sex with them, the investigators found and called for strengthening the measures to prevent such abuses.

The major problem that the world body faces is that it has no jurisdiction over the peacekeepers and the most it can do is to ask for the repatriation of the offender and request to the concerned government to punish the person under its own laws. But non-governmental organisations say most governments do not punish them, taking the attitude "boys will be boys."

Currently, one French national who made pornographic videos of children is jailed in France for rape and South Africa is proceeding against two of its soldiers.

Asked at a press briefing whether it was correct to paint the all nations participating in the peacekeeping operations with the same brush, a senior official said that pinpointing nationalities would tarnish the image of the countries even though only very few of their peacekeepers were involved.

But diplomats say one of the reasons is that very few countries are prepared to contribute troops and the world body does not want to annoy them.

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