un response to peacekeeper sex abuse:
Code blue confronts the un
Over the past several months, the Code Blue Campaign has been corresponding with the senior-most levels of the UN - Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and Under-Secretary-General for Field Support Mr. Atul Khare - with key questions about how the UN responds to allegations of sexual abuse involving UN personnel. These exchanges were initially spurred by a November 2017 report of child sex abuse allegedly committed by an UN international civilian (non-military) personnel in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) - we wanted to understand what happens, in real-time, when the UN learns of a possible sexual predator within its midst.
The UN's stunning failure to definitively answer these critical questions underscores the need for our proposed Special Court Mechanism, which would relieve the UN of its conflict of interest. In the meantime, the Code Blue Campaign will keep up the pressure and demand these long overdue answers.
November 22, 2017
Following the announcement of alleged child sex abuse committed by one of the UN's international civilian personnel in the DRC, the Code Blue Campaign wrote to the UN Secretary-General with a series of critical questions about how the UN was handling that case.
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November 28, 2017
Under-Secretary-General for Field Support Atul Khare wrote back to the Code Blue Campaign with general comments about the UN's procedures and practice, and indicating that the UN would not provide answers to specific questions about the ongoing case in the DRC.
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December 1, 2017
Unsatisfied by the UN's November 28 response, the Code Blue Campaign wrote back to Under-Secretary-General Khare, re-formatting the questions in a generic fashion to request a clear exposition of established UN procedures.
December 15, 2017
Troubled by the lack of response from USG Khare, the Code Blue Campaign wrote an open letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, outlining our concerns about the opacity of the UN's processes, which border on obfuscation. The letter proposed an independent survey of all UN staff to reveal the true size and scope of the UN's sex abuse problem, and which would be overseen by Member States and civil society.
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December 19, 2017
Mr. Khare finally responded to the Code Blue Campaign's critical questions by providing links to a series "relevant documents" pertaining to the "policies and practice followed by the Organization with respect to the investigation of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse, cooperation with national authorities in case of credible allegations of criminal conduct, the assistance and support provided to victims as well as the role of the Victims Rights Advocate."
December 22, 2017
Acknowledging the UN's response, the Code Blue Campaign initially identifies a minimum set of questions for which no answer can be found in the documents shared by Mr. Khare.
(UN Photo / Rick Bajornas)