UN peacekeepers accused of rape and killing in Central African Republic

By Editorial Board - 12 August 2015 at 4:36 pm
FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2014 file photo, U.N. peace keeping troops take part in a ceremony in the capital city of Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR), to take over a regional African peacekeeping mission.  Amnesty International is accusing U.N. peacekeepers of indiscriminately killing a 16-year-old boy and his father and raping a 12-year-old girl in separate incidents in Central African Republic. The Amnesty International statement said the two incidents on Aug. 2 and 3 occurred as the peacekeepers were carrying out an operation in the capital, Bangui. (AP Photo, File)

The United Nations mission to the Central African Republic has open investigations into allegations made by Amnesty International that peacekeepers raped a 12-year-old girl and shot dead a teenager and his father.

The statement released by Amnesty stated that the events took place on 2 and 3 of August whilst “peacekeeping forces from the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) were carrying out an operation in the capital Bangui’s PK5 Muslim enclave.”

Joanne Mariner, Senior Crisis Response Adviser at Amnesty International said, “our evidence strongly suggests that a UN peacekeeper raped a young girl and that UN peacekeeping forces indiscriminately killed two civilians.”

“An independent civilian investigation must be urgently launched and those implicated must be suspended immediately and for the duration of the investigation,” Mariner continued.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he was “personally dismayed and disappointed” by the claims.

MINUSCA spokesman Hamadoun Toure said that he was “not aware” of the allegations but was taking the matter “very seriously”.

“We have opened a probe,” Toure told AFP, stating that the mission would seek “established and verifiable proof”.

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