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UN peacekeepers accused of rape during Haiti mission

[JURIST] The United Nations [official website] has started "a very urgent inquiry" into allegations that three Pakistani policemen raped a woman in Haiti while deployed on the UN mission to stabilize the nation. The probe follows reports of widespread abuse by UN peacekeeping soldiers in Congo. That probe led to the UN's decision [UN press release] to ban peacekeepers from having sex with Congolese. The preliminary Haiti investigation indicates the policemen were involved in a consensual sex for pay incident. Two of the accused could face legal and disciplinary action if the rape alligations are true. The UN mission in Haiti, known as MINUSTAH [UN official website], is part of an effort to stabilize the country after President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was ousted during a bloody rebellion last year. Reuters has more.

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