UN High-Level Panel on Peace Operations: "Immunity must not mean impunity" for sexual exploitation and abuse 

On June 16, 2015, the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations delivered its final report to the UN Secretary-General. The panel was appointed in October 2014 to make a “comprehensive assessment of the state of UN peace operations today and the emerging needs of the future.” The New York Times declared that “the panel’s recommendations for curbing sexually abusive behavior were among the most eagerly anticipated components of its review.” The panel’s Chair, José Ramos-Horta, a Nobel Laureate and former President of Timor-Leste, delivered a strong statement via the media that all non-military personnel should recall the UN’s zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, and should know that “immunity never applies in those cases, not even for a moment.” AIDS-Free World’s statement on the Panel’s findings, and the Chair’s remarks, is here, and a summary of media coverage is below. (UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)

By André Viollaz
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Al Jazeera
By Tom Kutch
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Al Jazeera
June 16, 2015
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Associated Press
By Edith M. Lederer
June 16, 2015
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BBC Newshour
June 17, 2015
UN sexual abuse report (audio interview, including with Paula Donovan at 5:48)

June 17, 2015
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By June 17, 2015
UN Peace Panel release report on sexual abuse allegations by peacekeepers (with video)

Deutsche Welle
June 17, 2015
Prosecute sexual offenders, says UN panel

First Post
June 17, 2015
UN panel on peacekeeping operations recommends stringent measures against sexual abuse

Fox News
By George Russell
June 17, 2015
Sex and UN peacekeepers: Tens of thousands of Liberian women involved?

Latin American Herald Tribune
June 17, 2015
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New York Times
By Somini Sengupta and Rick Gladstone
June 16, 2015
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By Barbara Crossette
June 16, 2015
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Voice of America
By Margaret Besheer
June 16, 2015
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June 17, 2015
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