The UN has said that it received an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor at Bambari in Central African Republic by the UN peacekeepers.
A spokesperson said that the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services said the UN, following verification of the allegation, will refer the matter to the member state the peacekeepers belong to for further investigation and action.
The complaint was that Mauritanian peacekeepers allegedly raped a 19-year-old woman in the central town of Bambari on the evening of 30 September 2017.
“The alleged victim was immediately referred to our humanitarian partners on the ground for appropriate medical and psychological assistance,” said the Spokesperson.
“If substantiated, these serious rape allegations should result in the repatriation, suspension, and prosecution of any troops suspected of criminal responsibility,” said oanne Mariner, Senior Crisis Response Adviser at Amnesty International in a statement.
“The UN must also ensure the victim receives support and damages. Its peacekeepers are in CAR to protect civilians from violence, rather than perpetrate it,” it said.