The Amnesty statement also accused the peacekeepers of indiscriminately firing at civilians in the area, killing a 16-year-old boy and his father.
The rape suspect, if he is identified by United Nations investigators, can in principle be tried by the authorities in the Central African Republic, but only if a court in that country makes such a request and the police officer’s home country gives its consent. It is common practice for peacekeepers to be repatriated to their home countries for potential prosecution. They do not enjoy immunity for criminal acts while serving as peacekeepers. Rape clearly falls into the category of a prosecutable offense.
Mr. Ban has repeatedly called for “zero tolerance” of sexual abuse in peacekeeping missions. He appointed an independent panel to review how the United Nations handled its inquiry into the allegations of abuse by French soldiers. The panel, led by a former justice of Canada’s Supreme Court, Marie Deschamps, is expected to deliver its findings this year.


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