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.
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.
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.
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.