New Allegations of UN Sexual Abuse in Haiti

Peacekeepers and UN police ‘exploited’ children in separate cases, and an aid worker is found guilty of pedophilia.

Source: Al Jazeera

The UN has begun an investigation into two new allegations of UN police abuse and “sexual exploitation” of children in Haiti, Martin Nesirky, a UN spokesperson, said.

One case involves UN police officers in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, Nesirky said on Monday.

Those officers have been removed from duty while under investigation, he added.

The second case involves one or more members of a police unit in the northern city of Gonaives.

Nesirky did not release the nationalities of the police or provide any other details.

“The United Nations is outraged by these allegations and takes its responsibilities to deal with them extremely seriously,” Nesirky said.

He said the UN mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH, had informed UN leadership in New York of the two allegations of “sexual exploitation and abuse involving minors” on January 16.

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