When we launched the Code Blue campaign in May 2015, we set out to:
- Seek the removal of any possibility of immunity for the UN’s own peacekeeping personnel—its non-military staff, including staff of UN funds and programmes involved with peacekeeping; its police; and its experts on mission—when they are accused of sexual exploitation or abuse. This will replace a double standard with a powerful, consistent message about zero tolerance to countries that supply military peacekeepers.
- Call for the creation of a system-wide, external and independent investigation, with full access to the UN as well as subpoena power, to examine every facet of sexual exploitation and abuse in peacekeeping operations. The Review must investigate the way the UN is handling the crisis throughout the system, from its missions on the ground, right up through the chain of command to the Secretary-General.
- Engage campaigners and supporters from all over the world to press the United Nations’ leadership, troop-contributing countries, Member States that fund peacekeeping, and countries facing conflict, to create a revived, strengthened and more accountable response to sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeepers.
The world now knows the problem; what’s the solution?
Clearly, the UN cannot continue to police and judge itself. The Code Blue Campaign is in the process of finalizing our proposal:
- Special courts covering each peacekeeping mission that function autonomously, entirely separate from and with no connection to the Secretary-General or the Secretariat. Through those courts, victims will report, claims will be investigated, the accused will be prosecuted, and sentences will be meted out and served. This will remove the untenable conflict of interest that sustains the UN’s sex abuse crisis – members of the so-called “UN Family” will no longer have any role in policing or judging themselves. (Read the full proposal: A Practical Plan to End Impunity for Peacekeeper Sexual Abuse)