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United Nations peacekeepers last year faced a rise in allegations of sexual abuse or exploitation according to a UN report.

According to the report, the UN peacekeepers encountered 69 claims of such allegations in 2015 as compared to 52 claims in 2014 and an increase to 66 in 2013.

“Almost a third of the 2015 claims were made in the Central African Republic,” BBC reported.

The allegations mentioned several officials including international police, military personnel, other staff and volunteers.

“The United Nations has been criticized for failing to act quickly on sexual abuse allegations made against peacekeepers,” BBC reported.

In an effort to bring the culprits to justice, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon appealed for an international convention on crimes committed in peacekeeping operations.

Ban Ki-Moon also appealed to countries to change their laws to apply to sex crimes committed by citizens serving in UN peace operations around the world.

Ban Ki-Moon also called for court martial proceedings for some crimes and a DNA database of all peacekeepers.

Last month, the UN revealed its intentions of sending home over 100 peacekeepers that faced claims of sexual abuse from Central African Republic.

Source: BBC


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