MINUSCA has been informed of an allegation of sexual abuse, by a member of the military battalion from the Democratic Republic of the Congo
The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has been informed of an allegation of sexual abuse, by a member of the military battalion from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), formerly deployed to MINUSCA, against a 14 year old girl who as a result became pregnant and gave birth to a baby. The abuse reportedly occurred between 2015 and 2016 in Bambari.
In accordance with the United Nations policy on victims’ assistance and remedial action, MINUSCA referred the alleged victim and her baby to UNICEF and its implementing partners in the field for immediate and appropriate assistance. An investigation team from the Office for Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) has travelled to Bambari with the view to collecting and preserving evidence, including DNA samples in awaiting the forthcoming investigation of this serious allegation.
In compliance with the memorandum of understanding signed with Troop Contributing Countries, the United Nations has informed the Permanent Mission of the DRC to the United Nations of this allegation and has requested the national authorities to appoint investigation officers and to complete their investigation within a 90-day timeframe, jointly with the United Nations. If the Member State fails to do so, the UN will investigate this allegation within the same expedited timeframe.
MINUSCA leadership reiterates its full commitment to addressing all allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by any of its current or former personnel.