Saturday, April 2, 2016
Amid Yet More CAR Rapes, UN Issues Spin, Here, Order Inner City Press Out
By Matthew Russell Lee
UNITED NATIONS, March 30 -- Amid a litany of rape charges against UN Peacekeeping under Herve Ladsous, Inner City Press exclusively obtained and on February 12 published UN emails showing another round of sexual abuse of minors in Ouaka prefecture in the Central African Republic by UN Peacekeepers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Click here to view.
On March 23, Inner City Press asked the DRC's foreign minister about the rapes, and he said the UN rapes as well.Video here, from Minute 6:11.
Now, two days after the UN's top lawyer Miguel de Serpa Soares ordered Inner City Press out of the UN and USG Cristina Gallach specified an April 6 deadline, it is reported by Code Blue that de Serpa Soares was spinning rapes, too, on March 29. Censorship of critical media amid cover up.
Below is what Code Blue put out on the evening of March 30. But first, the UN's belated spin, hours after USGGallach's eviction order - and after Inner City Press ran into Burundi's Ambassador Albert Shingiro in the UN lobby - since it does not have access to its long time office- and he spun Burundian troops' good behavior:
"On Friday 25 March the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) announced that it had received new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse that had taken place between 2013 and 2015 by UN and non-UN personnel, as well as by local armed groups, in the Kemo prefecture of the Central African Republic. Further information was also provided by the Spokesman's Office on Monday, 28 March.
A MINUSCA-led integrated team comprised of Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), Human Rights, Child and Women’s Protection, Conduct and Discipline, UNICEF, UNFPA and UNHCR travelled to the area and is now on the ground. The exact number and nature of these extremely troubling allegations are still being determined. The team has identified the contingents in question as those provided by Burundi and Gabon. Allegations made against the French Sangaris forces in the same area are also being investigated. Alleged victims are being interviewed and will be provided with assistance and psycho-social and medical support.
The Burundian and Gabonese units allegedly involved will remain confined in camps during the investigation, except for essential tasks.
The United Nations has formally notified the Troop Contributing Countries in question, as well as to the French authorities, informing them of these allegations. The Troop Contributing Countries have been requested to send investigators immediately to participate jointly in the ongoing investigation.
The Under Secretary-General for Field Support Atul Khare met with the Permanent Representative of Burundi on Wednesday, 30 March and the Security Council will be briefed on the latest developments in closed session on Thursday, 31 March. A meeting with representatives of Gabon will take place as soon as possible.
More information will be provided as it becomes available."
Yeah - after Ban's Gallach evicts the critical Press.
Earlier at the day's noon briefing Inner City Press had asked Ban Ki-moon's spokesman Stephane Dujarric, UN transcript here: