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NGO Demands Independent Inquiry into UN Peacekeeper Sexual Abuse Scandal

UN Watch

January 4, 2007

Geneva, January 3, 2007 - UN Watch today called on new UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon to create immediately an independent investigation into disturbing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by UN peacekeepers in southern Sudan, with full powers to prosecute offending soldiers as well as UN officials who were obliged but failed to prevent the crimes.

In addition, the Geneva-based human rights group urged High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour, responsible for mainstreaming human rights throughout the UN, to strongly condemn the abuses and conduct her own inquiry in the region. "Mr. Ban will be judged by how firm and fast he is to take action against these shocking allegations of abuse," said UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer. "Words from the UN are no longer enough - Mr. Ban must show deeds," said Neuer. "First impressions count, and this is now Mr. Ban's first important test."

Click here for the full text of the UN Watch letter sent today to Mr. Ban and Ms. Arbour.

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