March 12th, 2016 18:10 EST
Ban Welcomes Security Council Action to Combat Sexual Exploitation by UN Peacekeepers
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed yesterday`s adoption by the Security Council of special measures to prevent and combat sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeepers, his spokesman said.
The Secretary-General is pleased that the members of the Security Council have echoed the concerns that he has been raising for months in order to shine a light on a difficult issue, " the spokesman said in a statement, noting that the 15-nation body`s action is a significant step in our collective efforts to combat the terrible damage caused to victims of sexual exploitation and abuse. "
Moving forward, the Secretary-General`s focus is to make a difference for victims, ensuring protection and support for victims, and to demand zero impunity, " he said, emphasizing that accountability is a shared responsibility requiring action by Member States and that accountability and justice for the victims can be ensured only by working with them, especially troop-contributing countries.
The Secretary-General reiterates his call for Member States to work closely with the United Nations to effectively implement the measures he has put forward, " the spokesman added.
By the terms of the text, adopted as Resolution 2272 (2016), the Council specifically endorsed the decision of the Secretary-General to repatriate a particular military unit or formed police unit of a contingent when there is credible evidence of widespread or systemic sexual exploitation and abuse by that unit. "
The resolution also highlighted the Council`s deep concern over the continuing and serious allegations " of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers in the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), as well as in other UN peacekeeping operations and by non-UN forces.
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