Friday, February 11, 2005

UN Peacekeeper Rape Scandal prompts Strongly Worded Memo

In the cognitive dissonance category:
UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been barred from having sex with locals after reports of sexual abuse of girls as young as 13, the United Nations announced.

In a letter to the Security Council, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said the "non-fraternisation" policy had been put in place along with a curfew for military contingents and other measures in the African nation.

"We cannot tolerate even one instance of a United Nations peacekeeper victimising the most vulnerable among us," Annan said. He expressed "personal outrage" at the DRC revelations. ...

"As the organisation actively works to root out this problem, we must leave no stone unturned," he said.
And just in case the strongly worded memo does not have any more effect than the cliches by themselves, we will have to come out with a more strongly worded memo! Take that!
The world body has little leeway for dealing with wrongdoing by peacekeepers except to send them back to their countries of origin.
Ouch!
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