The United Nations is set to repatriate all 60 Tanzanian military contingents from its mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) following “allegations of sexual exploitation and sexual harassment” against 11 of them.
“Preliminary evidence collected by the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services indicated that 11 members of a unit stationed at the MINUSCA temporary base in the western Central African Republic were involved in the sexual exploitation and abuse of four victims,” MINUSCA. – the message says, without specifying the date of the incident.
She added that the victims “received immediate assistance and support through mission partners based on their medical and psychological needs.”
The United Nations said it had conducted an internal investigation to “assess the allegations and identify and hear alleged victims.” She added that she “reported these allegations to the Tanzanian authorities” who, in turn, “noted their seriousness and pledged to take the necessary measures.”
“The unit will be repatriated as soon as investigators no longer require its presence on the ground,” said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN Secretary-General.
“The United Nations remains committed to a zero tolerance policy for sexual exploitation and abuse,” he stressed.