Many peacekeepers disciplined in home countries: UN

Last Updated: Friday, November 6, 2009 - 15:46

United Nations: Dozens of former UN peacekeepers, implicated for indulging in sexual abuse and exploitation in countries of their deployment, have been disciplined in their home nations, a UN official has said.

The troop contributing countries have this year punished
33 guilty military personnel with various penalties including
dismissal, forced retirement and imprisonment, Michele Montas,
spokesperson of the Secretary-General told journalists here.

Montas also noted that in the last three years
disciplinary action had been taken against 20 military personnel for other
forms of misconduct such as fraud, theft, negligent loss of
firearms and traffic violations.

These personnel belong to peacekeeping operations from
Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sudan, Cote d`Ivoire,
and Haiti.

"When allegations of misconduct are substantiated against
any military or police serving in UN peacekeeping, the UN
repatriates the individuals concerned and then bans them from
participating in future peacekeeping operations," said Montas.

"The UN cannot try these people and they have to be tried
by national courts.. What we can do is push, keep requesting
that action be taken once they are repatriated," she added.

She said this year the UN has sent 112 requests for
action and received 14 responses as of November 3.

"The UN is trying to get troop contributors to do more in
prosecuting and punishing their nationals who engage in
misconduct," she said, noting that there has been an increase
in number of requests as well as responses.

Bureau Report



First Published: Friday, November 6, 2009 - 15:46

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