UNSC adopts resolution combating sexual abuse by peacekeepers

NEW YORK, March 11 (KUNA) — UN Security Council adopted Friday resolution 2272 on measures to combat sexual abuse and exploitation in UN peacekeeping missions.
The US drafted resolution was able to be passed by 14 members voting in favor, and one abstention by Egypt.
The resolution called on Member States deploying non-United Nations forces authorized under a Security Council mandate to take appropriate steps to investigate allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse, hold perpetrators accountable and repatriate units when there is credible evidence of widespread or systemic sexual exploitation or abuse by those units.
Stressing that sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeepers undermines the implementation of peacekeeping mandates, as well as the credibility of UN peacekeeping, the Council’s resolution endorses the decision of the Secretary General to repatriate a particular military unit or formed police unit of a contingent when there is credible evidence of widespread or systemic sexual exploitation and abuse by that unit.
It also requested the Secretary General to give immediate and ongoing effect to this decision, including by urgently finalising his guidance to United Nations peacekeeping operations to implement it. (end) mao.bs