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Panel Assails U.N. Action on Sex Abuse Cases

Newspaper article International New York Times

Panel Assails U.N. Action on Sex Abuse Cases

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An independent panel said the United Nations failed to meet its own standards in investigating the sexual abuse of young boys by French soldiers in Africa.

An independent panel investigating how the United Nations handled allegations of child sex abuse by peacekeepers issued a scathing report on Thursday, saying that officials had passed the allegations "from desk to desk, inbox to inbox" and failed to meet the organization's own "core mandate to address human rights violations."

The report criticizes United Nations officials for their inaction after uncovering allegations that French soldiers dispatched to the Central African Republic in 2014 were offering young boys food in exchange for sex. The officials failed to take steps to protect the children, offer them medical attention or ensure that the perpetrators were identified and punished, the report said. …

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