CAR to Sue French UN “Peacekeeping” Soldiers Accused of Sexually Abusing Children – May 9, 2015

Likely because there exists an already extensive list of UN “peacekeepers” who have committed sexual crimes against children, the UN appears to be of the opinion that a new set of cases now just came at the wrong time, which is why they have earlier suspended the person who leaked the report that was likely to be censored had it not been leaked in the first place.

Between December 2013 and June 2014 fourteen French soldiers who were part of a “peacekeeping mission” in the Central African Republic (CAR) sexually abused children, of which some were orphans and only 9 years old, in exchange for food and cash at a CAR refugee camp. The French defense ministry initially attempted to coverup the cases but was unsuccessful when the reports were leaked to The Guardian.

Also the United Nations initially tried to downplay the global governance bodies’ involvement by claiming that the facts occurred before the UN arrived in the CAR. However, since the report had to be leaked in order to get the information out – for which Anders Kompass, a senior UN aid worker, was suspended – it quite clearly indicates that indeed the French soldiers were already part of the UN’s MINUSCA peacekeeping mission at the time of the sexual abuse of the children.

Entitled Sexual Abuse on Children by International Armed Forces and stamped “confidential” on every page, the report details the rape and sodomy of starving and homeless young boys by French peacekeeping troops who were supposed to be protecting them at a centre for internally displaced people in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic. … “The regular sex abuse by peacekeeping personnel uncovered here and the United Nations’ appalling disregard for victims are stomach-turning, but the awful truth is that this isn’t uncommon. The UN’s instinctive response to sexual violence in its ranks – ignore, deny, cover up, dissemble – must be subjected to a truly independent commission of inquiry with total access, top to bottom, and full subpoena power.”- The Guardian