Panel: Name countries whose troops commit sexual abuse

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Posted: Jun 16, 2015 6:38 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A high-level panel is urging a major overhaul of United Nations peace operations.

The changes would make political solutions the paramount goal, speed up deployment of peacekeepers and require the naming and shaming of countries whose troops commit acts of sexual abuse.

The panel delivered the report Tuesday to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon amid a growing controversy over allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers in Central African Republic. Confidential documents show the U.N.'s top human rights officials did not follow up the allegations for more than six months.

While the panel makes recommendations on issues ranging from the use of force by peacekeepers to funding operations and restructuring the U.N. Secretariat, the spotlight at a news conference launching the report was on proposals to address sexual exploitation and abuse.