By Samantha Netzband
Impunity Watch, Africa Desk Reporter
KINSHASA, DR Congo– Another United Nations Peacekeeper is accused of sexual abuse in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The year has been filled with allegations of sexual misconduct against United Nations Peacekeepers in the DR Congo. In this instance, a United Nations Peacekeeper was placed on leave after accusations that he had sex with a minor.
UN Peacekeepers in the DR Congo. (Photo Courtesy of BBC Africa)
This United Nations Peacekeeper is Romanian. Out of the five cases that have come to light this year this recent case is the first involving a minor. Two of the other cases against peacekeepers involve South African soldiers and paternal recognition. In those cases one baby has been more and the other is expected soon.
The accusations that the United Nations Peacekeepers are facing in the DR Congo are not new to the United Nations Peacekeeping program. Past allegations against peacekeepers have been made around the globe. Nearby in the Central African Republic both United Nations Peacekeepers and French troops allegedly raped children. The legal responsibility of the United Nations and the Peacekeepers in cases of sexual abuse is still hotly contested and unclear. The victim of this most recent allegation has been put into the care of UNICEF.
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