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UN continues to allow sexual abuse by peacekeepers, report says

[JURIST] The United Nations [official website] is not taking proper measures to end sexual abuse during peacekeeping missions, according to an independent review report [PDF text; executive summary] released Tuesday. The report, filed by Refugees International, concludes [RI press release] that a "culture that tolerates sexual exploitation and abuse has evolved in UN peacekeeping missions." The Department of Peacekeeping Operations [official website] has been under scrutiny since sexual abuse was reported earlier this year in UN peacekeeping missions in Burundi [JURIST report] and the Congo [JURIST report]. Although the UN Security Council has denounced abuse by UN peacekeepers [JURIST report], the report says that more than strong rhetoric is needed to end the troops' actions. The New York Times has more.

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