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International Day of UN Peacekeepers

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Court-martial “where the acts have occurred” urges peacekeeping chief

Countries whose peacekeepers have sexually abused people under their protection, should allow their troops to be court-martialled where the crimes took place.

That’s the view of Hervé Ladsous, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations.

He said there should not only be “zero tolerance” towards sexual abuse, but a firm objective of “zero occurrence” among peacekeepers.

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Rwandan major “happy” to promote peace in South Sudan

A Rwandan army major has said he is “happy” to be part of a mission which is working hard to promote peace in war-torn South Sudan.

Major Apollo Rutaganda, is the Chief of Operations of the Rwandese Battalion of peacekeepers at the UN mission in the country, UNMISS.

The mission is tasked with a range of responsibilities including protecting civilians, monitoring human rights abuses and supporting the implementation of a cessation of hostilities agreement.