Target: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Goal: Applaud the United Nations’ actions to stop their troops from sexually assaulting civilians.
A resolution to tackle the growing number of sexual abuse cases made against U.N. peacekeepers has finally been created by the United Nation Security Council. For months, the United Nation has been under the spotlight after allegations of child rape and other sexual abuses were made against its peacekeepers, especially those stationed in the Central African Republic and Congo. The resolution, which includes plans of reform, reached a unanimous approval, with the exception of Egypt who abstained from the vote.
The reform includes the decision to repatriate military or police units “where there is credible evidence of widespread or systematic sexual exploitation and abuse.” It is then up to the home country of the soldier or police officer to conduct an investigation into the allegations and determine the punishment if they are proven to be true.
The United States, the biggest financial contributor to U.N. peacekeeping operations, urged the U.N. to send a strong message that it will not tolerate the escalating issue. Sign the petition below to applaud the United Nation’s actions to end sexual abuse by its peacekeepers.
Dear Secretary-General Ki-Moon,
More than 100,000 troops and police work for U.N.’s peacekeeping operations with the vast majority being stationed in developing countries. As part of a list of reforms, you have begun to name the countries where the alleged perpetrators come from as a move to force their home countries to investigate the cases that the U.N. feels they have let slide. You have also pledged to speed up investigations and will let the public know about all outstanding allegations.
Despite the resistance from countries such as Russia and Egypt, seeing the U.N. take such measures will hopefully make any perpetrators think twice before sexually assaulting someone. It might also lead to stricter laws against rape and sexual abuse in the countries that has such cases. They wouldn’t be allowed to toss it aside and pretend it never happened. The victims of these abuses would also be focused on and, hopefully, a worldwide adoption of strict anti-sexual abuse laws will take place.
Although there is still need for significant reform, especially when trying to uncover the root of the issue, this first resolution is a step in the right direction. I applaud your efforts to reform the U.N.’s peacekeepers.
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