UN official: States should take 'strong' action on sex abuse

AP News
Posted: Apr 05, 2016 7:31 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A top U.N. official is stepping up pressure on all 193 member states to impose the "strongest" disciplinary and criminal sanctions against peacekeepers found guilty of sexual abuse, less than a month after the Security Council approved its first-ever resolution on the escalating problem.

Undersecretary-General Atul Khare said during a meeting of the General Assembly that sexual abuse allegations against peacekeepers must be swiftly and professional investigated, preferably in tandem with the U.N.'s internal investigative unit.

He says, "We count on all member states to live up to their responsibilities to expeditiously bring to justice those who have committed crimes while serving with the United Nations and to impose the strongest of disciplinary and criminal sanctions warranted under their national laws."

It's up to a peacekeeper's home country to investigate and prosecute sexual abuse allegations.