UN peacekeepers accused of killing and rape in Central African Republic (1 Viewer)

wyatt3172

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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/11/un-peacekeepers-accused-killing-rape-central-african-republic

Amnesty International claims troops raped 12-year-old-girl and shot dead a father and his son while indiscriminately shooting in the street after armed clashes


UN peacekeeping soldiers from Rwanda patrolling in Bangui, Central African Republic. Photograph: Pacome Pabandjil/AFP/Getty Images

UN peacekeepers shot dead a 16-year old boy and his father and raped a 12-year-old girl in Central African Republic, Amnesty International has alleged.

The claims will intensify pressure on the beleaguered UN mission in CAR, already under scrutiny over its recent handling of allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers and its own peacekeepers.

The 12-year-old girl had been hiding in a bathroom during a house search in a Muslim enclave of the capital, Bangui, on 2 August, she told Amnesty. A man allegedly wearing the blue helmet and vest of the UN peacekeeping forces took her outside and raped her behind a truck. She said that he dragged her out of the room, and slapped her when she started to cry. “When I cried, he slapped me hard and put his hand over my mouth,” the girl was quoted as saying by Amnesty.

She alleged that he brought her outside into a far corner of the courtyard behind a truck, groping her breasts and tearing her clothes. The girl later showed Amnesty her torn underwear and said: “He threw me to the ground and lay down on top of me.”

The man fled when gunfire erupted outside the compound, according to Amnesty. Family members said the girl was separated from the rest of the family for about 20-30 minutes. One of her sisters said: “When she returned from the back of the courtyard, she cried ‘mama’ and fainted. We brought her inside the house and splashed water on her to revive her.”

The girl’s mother told Amnesty that after the incident her daughter was crying and acting extremely upset. The girl was later examined by a nurse working under a doctor’s supervision, who found medical evidence consistent with sexual assault.

The next day, after armed clashes with residents had killed a soldier from Cameroon and injured several others, peacekeepers went to the area and “began shooting indiscriminately in the street where the killings had taken place,” Amnesty alleged.

Balla Hadji, 61, and his son Souleimane Hadji, 16, were struck by bullets in front of their house. Balla was apparently shot in the back, while Souleimane was shot in the chest. A neighbour who witnessed the killings told Amnesty that “they were going to shoot at anything that moved”.

Hadji’s family claimed that the UN peacekeeping troops did not help them to transport the wounded man and boy to the hospital. Rather than provide assistance, witnesses said, the peacekeepers fired another round when the daughter tried to cross the street to reach her injured relatives.

The human rights organisation interviewed 15 witnesses immediately after both incidents this month, plus the 12-year-old girl and her family.

Joanne Mariner, its senior crisis response adviser, said: “These allegations of rape and indiscriminate killings committed by UN troops are supported by physical evidence and multiple witness accounts.

“There must be a prompt and thorough investigation by a competent civilian authority and the girl must receive full support including medical and psychological care. UN peacekeeping forces in Bangui should review their rules of engagement to ensure they are taking all feasible precautions to avoid incidental loss of civilian life.”

The UN Multidimensional Integrated Mission in CAR said the allegations would be investigated. Hamadoun Toure, its spokesperson, said on Tuesday: “We got the report from Amnesty International today regarding the killing of two people and the alleged rape. We take it seriously. We take seriously anything related to allegations of sexual abuse. We have a zero tolerance policy.”

Toure said he unable to comment on the evidence against members of the peacekeeping contingent, who were from Cameroon and Rwanda. “I don’t know. I can’t confirm, I can’t deny anything at this stage.”

An external investigation into the operation had already been under way, he added, with conclusions due on 16 August. “Now that we have these extra issues, we will be broadening the scope of our investigation.”

Anyone found guilty could face prosecution by CAR’s own legal authorities, Toure said.

UN peacekeepers have been in CAR since September last year in an attempt to calm sectarian violence between Christians and Muslims which erupted after a coup in 2013.

Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, was “personally dismayed and disappointed, not just by these latest reports, but by the series of allegations that have surfaced in the Central African Republic mission in recent months”, his spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, said on Tuesday.

Dujarric added: “We would like to emphasise once more than no conduct of this nature can be tolerated and that every allegation will be taken seriously.”

Dujarric made clear that, should the allegations be upheld, the UN would not be responsible for the peacekeeping troops, who are granted immunity from prosecution.

“If a crime of this nature is committed by a military personnel, it comes under one set of rules,” he said. “As we all know the UN has not direct authority over the uniformed personnel. That person would be repatriated and we would expect them to face justice, be it military or civilian justice, in their home country to the full extent of the law.”

Earlier this year it emerged that French peacekeeping troops had been accused of abusing children in CAR. In June, Ban announced an independent review of how the UN handled the case, after the Guardian revealed that a senior UN official was suspended for disclosing details of the allegations to French prosecutors.

The peacekeeping mission has launched an investigation into an allegation of child sexual abuse against one of its peacekeepers in the eastern part of the country, while mission head Babacar Gaye said he was “outraged” by allegations that UN peacekeepers had abused street children in Bangui.
 

aRyan

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Its what happens when you employ blacks to do a white man's job.

I'd agree, but we tried "that job" in Africa plenty of times in the past. It's time we forget about them completely and totally and let Mother Nature set the course straight, back to how it should have always been. Besides, the birth rates in Africa are rising to an alarming rate way too fast.

It's just sort of funny, when people think of Africa, they think of this horrible place with no food or vegetation, etc. Most of sub-Saharan Africa is a land of milk and honey, with resources like you wouldn't believe. Look at what Whites accomplished in Rhodesia. Imagine what a place like the CAR would look like if there were no blacks at all? That country could be SO beautiful. Food would grow so easy on it's rich soil. Minerals and resources would make the place rich. But no, instead, you have 12 year old blacks swinging pick axes into the dirt trying to find chunks of diamonds, and some guy that is running the operation gets 50% of all profits.


 

Mental Puppy

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I'd agree, but we tried "that job" in Africa plenty of times in the past. It's time we forget about them completely and totally and let Mother Nature set the course straight, back to how it should have always been. Besides, the birth rates in Africa are rising to an alarming rate way too fast.

It's just sort of funny, when people think of Africa, they think of this horrible place with no food or vegetation, etc. Most of sub-Saharan Africa is a land of milk and honey, with resources like you wouldn't believe. Look at what Whites accomplished in Rhodesia. Imagine what a place like the CAR would look like if there were no blacks at all? That country could be SO beautiful. Food would grow so easy on it's rich soil. Minerals and resources would make the place rich. But no, instead, you have 12 year old blacks swinging pick axes into the dirt trying to find chunks of diamonds, and some guy that is running the operation gets 50% of all profits.




I couldn't have said it better, here in South Africa they take our farms because they think they can be farmers after a year all the animals died there's no vegetation and they fucking make fire in the middle of the living room with some of the furniture. Why the fuck do people still come and help them, they expect that every time something goes wrong. The government doesn't help white farmers but the blacks they do. Just get the fuck out of Africa let the slaughter begin then we can be rid of them sooner than later. It's going to happen they are just putting off the inevitable.
 

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