I haven’t had a story about the UN in a long time. Not because they started being responsible. U.N. fails to stem rapes by peacekeepers in Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic — The United Nations became embroiled in one of its worst scandals in 2014 when shocking allegations surfaced that U.N. peacekeepers were raping women and children in this impoverished, war-battered nation.
Today, blue-helmeted soldiers and U.N. staff still rape with impunity despite pledges by U.N. leaders to end the abuses, victims allege.
So the UN made a lot of promises, and appointed some staff. And “some progress” has been made. But the problem hasn’t gone away. Not by a long shot.
the U.N.’s own watchdog said in a June report that while progress has been made, much improvement is needed, including recording complaints and following up on accusations.
Human rights groups dispute claims of fewer assaults, saying the U.N. still does not have an accurate account of abuse victims.
The penalty for getting caught? Soldiers are sent home. (Is that a punishment?) Civilians can be tried locally, but aren’t much. UN records show that only one civilian was “sanctioned” by having a contract terminated in the period 2015-2017. That’ll teach ’em.
Hat tip to Baldilocks (who has much more on the history of UN Peacekeepers raping) If You Live In a Feceshole, the UN Will Make It Worse.
This is nothing new. UN reports 31 new allegations of sex abuse and exploitation
The U.N. says there are 31 new allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation against U.N. peacekeepers and civilians working for U.N. agencies during the three-month period from July through September.
31 allegations during a 3 month period. And probably more not reported.
Like I said, this is not a new problem from the UN. It goes back at least as far as 2010, and probably a lot farther.
The current Secretary-General is “saddened” that this continues.
According to figures from the international organization, there were 80 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse involving U.N. peacekeepers and 65 allegations involving U.N. civilian staff in 2016.
I am SO tempted to file this under “Your Tax Dollars at Work” because we still support this institution.
Not the first insanity of UN Peacekeepers. UN Peacekeepers in Haiti Ran Child Sex Ring for Elite Pedophiles | Neon Nettle
From 2004 to 2007, 134 peacekeepers from Sri Lanka operated a child sex ring, luring children on the poverty-stricken island with candy and bits of cash, according to the AP. After a U.N. report incriminated them, most were sent home, but none faced jail time.
Say it again. None faced jail time.
You do know that the US pays a HUGE membership fee to the UN, don’t you? Your tax dollars at work. UN peacekeepers sat around and watched women get raped | New York Post
On July 17, two armed soldiers in uniform dragged away a woman who was less than a few hundred meters (yards) from the U.N. camp’s western gate while armed peacekeepers on foot, in an armored vehicle and in a watchtower looked on. One witness estimated that 30 peacekeepers from Nepalese and Chinese battalions saw the incident.
“They were seeing it. Everyone was seeing it,” he said. “The woman was seriously screaming, quarreling and crying also, but there was no help. She was crying for help.” He and other witnesses interviewed insisted on speaking on condition of anonymity because they feared reprisals by soldiers if identified.
UN peacekeepers are supposed to do something, but apparently rape just isn’t important enough to get their hands dirty for.
Civilian leaders in the U.N. camp have given estimates ranging from 27 to over 70 rapes from the time that women started venturing out for food. The United Nations says it received reports of dozens of cases. A South Sudanese rights group, the Community Empowerment for Progress Organization, said it is investigating 36 reported rapes.
Can we stop supporting this organization now? Or can we at least insist that they get off their asses and do something constructive for a change?
The UN finally admits it. I think it will take the US government (and its pals in the grain/ethanol industry) a while to let go. Biofuels do more harm than good, UN warns – Telegraph.
A leaked draft of a UN report condemns the widespread use of biofuels made from crops as a replacement for petrol and diesel. It says that biofuels, rather than combating the effects of global warming, could make them worse.
Deforestation. Higher food prices (and maybe some malnutrition in parts of the world). Not good things.
I don’t think anyone would give it to him today. UN Says US Drones Violate Pakistan's Sovereignty : NPR.
President Barack Obama has stepped up covert CIA drone strikes targeting al-Qaida and Taliban militants in Pakistan’s tribal region along the Afghan border since he took office in 2009.
This fact – the increased drone strikes – has the Useless Nitwits at the UN and the Pakistani government in a fit.
Emmerson, the U.N. investigator, came away with a black and white view after his meetings with Pakistani officials.
“The position of the government of Pakistan is quite clear,” said Emmerson. “It does not consent to the use of drones by the United States on its territory and it considers this to be a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
So it is good that they gave Obama the Peace Prize when they did. I don’t think they would be cheering the guy who bombed Libya, or increased the use of drones for killing, or in general didn’t do all the things they expected of him.