New claims of child sex abuse by UN peacekeepers in Africa

AP News
Posted: Jun 23, 2015 1:43 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says it has received allegations that U.N. peacekeepers sexually abused children in Central African Republic, where French troops are also being investigated for alleged sex abuse against boys.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Tuesday that the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic was told of the allegations on June 19 and notified the country whose troops are alleged to have committed the abuse the following day. He refused to name the country.

He said the alleged sexual abuse took place in the capital, Bangui. It could go as far back as 2014 and continued this year, he said.

"We're obviously looking into it," Dujarric said. "We expect their investigative procedures to go on, and to report back to us as quickly as possible."