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The UN sends home Gabon’s peacekeepers working in Minusca, dissatisfied with Libreville’s reaction to allegations of sexual exploitation and sexual acts against minors in the CAR. Since 2017, Gabon had been monitored. The UN believes that the investigations have not progressed as they should have done, and its Secretary-General may request the withdrawal of troops whose sexual misconduct is proven.

as reported from New York, Carrie Nooten

After the discovery of allegations of sexual assault, in particular on minors, committed by Gabonese peacekeepers in Minusca since 2015, the entire Gabonese contingent had been under evaluation for four years. The committee responsible for the proper implementation of Resolution 2272 was waiting for Libreville to make inquiries to clarify issues and possible martial law if the facts had been confirmed.

But now, in New York, there are complaints about the low number of investigations opened, the lack of communication about the appointment of investigators, and especially whylack of results. After hearing five new cases in a decentralized area in the Central African Republic recently – 32 cases in total in four years – Minusca sent a mission to the site and the UN informed Libreville last week that an investigator would be appointed. within five working days, and that the investigation must be completed within 90 days.

Meanwhile, the UN has also decided to immediately send home the 450 Gabonese soldiers in accordance with Resolution 2272. Peacekeepers from the area should be relocated to replace them at the five points where they were based.

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