On May 29, 2015, AIDS-Free World publicly disseminated previously unreleased internal UN documents, memos, and emails that implicate high-level United Nations officials in ignoring documented child sex abuse by international peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR). The documents show that these officials failed to stop the ongoing crimes or protect children, and then attempted to cover up the UN’s inaction. 

The release of these documents bolstered AIDS-Free World’s call as part of the Code Blue campaign for an independent, external review of the UN system’s handling of sexual exploitation and abuse, including the CAR scandal. The widespread media coverage that followed — a selection of which is below — led to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s announcement of such a review on June 3, 2015. (UN Photo / Sylvain Liechti)

May 30, 2015
UN rights chief seeks wider probe into C.Africa peacekeeper abuses

Associated Press
By Cara Anna
May 30, 2015
Child sex abuse claims shake UN as revelations continue

Democracy Now
May 30, 2015
Code Blue: U.N. Accused of Giving Immunity to Peacekeepers Who Commit Sexual Abuse http://www.democracynow.org/2015/5/29/code_blue_un_accused_of_giving

Deutsche Welle
Interview by Abu-Bakarr Jalloh
June 1, 2015
High level UN officials were aware of abuse, claims advocacy group

Huffington Post
By Eva Smets
May 29, 2015
On Peacekeepers Day 2015, UN Peacekeepers Should Be Held to Highest Standards  

By Megan Specia
May 29, 2015
Activists condemn U.N. inaction after peacekeepers accused of sexual assaults

New York Times
By Rick Gladstone, Nick Cumming-bruce
May 29, 2015
U.N. Role Is Questioned in Sexual Abuse Inquiry

By Rosa Freedman
May 29, 2015
On Peacekeeping Day, a Time to Begin Making Crucial Changes

By Louis Charbonneau
May 30, 2015
Probes of child abuse in Central African Republic should intensify: U.N. rights chief