sexual abuse and exploitation

The pandemic is fuelling slavery and sexual exploitation, UN experts warn

The COVID-19 pandemic has played into the hands of slavers and traffickers and requires stronger government measures to prevent exploitation of vulnerable people, more than 50 independent UN human rights experts said in a statement on Monday. 

Sexual abuse a problem for the whole UN system: Victim’s Rights Advocate

As the UN’s first-ever Victims’ Rights Advocate, Jane Connors has to confront an uncomfortable reality: sexual abuse and exploitation – or SEA for short - carried out by UN personnel.

UN News’s Conor Lennon, spoke to Ms. Connors who said that, since then, it has become more apparent that the on-going issue of sexual abuse and exploitation goes well beyond the peacekeeping sector.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina should recognise sex crime survivors’ rights, say experts

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, tens of thousands of victims of sexual violence committed during conflict in the 1990s still await justice, UN-appointed rights experts said on Wednesday.

UN probes ‘abhorrent’ video showing ‘likely’ field staffers engaging in alleged sexual misconduct

The UN has launched an investigation into a video which surfaced on social media this week showing a clearly marked UN vehicle on a busy city street, while a woman straddles a man on the back seat engaging in a sex act, with others sitting inside.

UN supporting abandoned Haiti mothers and children, urging others to come forward 

The UN’s Victims’ Rights Advocate who champions the rights and dignity of victims of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), has urged more women to come forward in Haiti, if they have paternity claims against UN personnel serving in former peacekeeping missions there. 

In an interview with UN News, Jane Connors acknowledges that around 28 women already have outstanding claims, relating to 34 children.

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News in Brief 03 October 2018

  • Trade war threatens outlook for global shipping, warns new UNCTAD report
  • ‘Preventing violence and exploitation of children is everyone’s business’: Deputy UN chief
  • Indonesia: CERF allocates $15 million to bolster relief assistanc
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MONUSCO “working very closely” with DRC generals on civilian protection

As “harrowing reports” mount of violence and killings across the Kasai provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the head of the UN military operation there says peacekeepers are doing “their level best” to protect civilian lives.

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