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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 October 2018

UN seeks inquiry into new claims of peacekeeper sexual abuse

A series of sexual misconduct claims have marred UN peacekeeping missions in CAR and beyond in recent years.

Troops from Mauritania and Cameroon are said to be involved. AFP
Troops from Mauritania and Cameroon are said to be involved. AFP

The United Nations is facing new allegations that its peacekeepers in Central African Republic sexually assaulted at least three children under 18 and raped three adult women earlier this year.

The UN said Friday it had detained a suspect after a preliminary inquiry into allegations involving the minors. They were allegedly abused by Mauritanian troops participating in the peacekeeping mission.

The UN says the rape accusations pertain to troops from Cameroon who haven't been identified.

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The world organisation is now asking Mauritania and Cameroon to investigate. Their UN missions didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

Countries that contribute peacekeeping troops are responsible for taking action if allegations are substantiated.