UN: 69 reports of sexual misconduct in peacekeeping in 2015

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Posted: Jan 29, 2016 2:18 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says there are likely to be 69 confirmed allegations of sexual abuse or exploitation in its peacekeeping missions in 2015, including 22 in Central African Republic, where several children have alleged abuse.

Assistant Secretary-General Anthony Banbury came close to tears Friday as he announced four new child sex abuse cases involving U.N. troops and police from Bangladesh, Congo, Niger and Senegal in violence-wracked CAR.

He also announced an allegation of sexual assault against a minor by a member of Morocco's military contingent serving with the African mission that preceded the U.N. peacekeeping mission.

Banbury says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will issue a report next month with details of all allegations from 2015 and names of countries whose troops are involved.

Such details also will be regularly updated online.