New York, 4 March, 2016
Rwanda takes note of the Report of the Secretary-General on Special Measures for Protection
from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse.
The report cites three inquiries into inappropriate relationships between adult women and Rwandan police officers formerly serving in MINUSTAH. These allegations would represent a serious violation of United Nations and Rwanda Government policy. Investigations have been ongoing and once complete, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.
At the same time, non-criminal policy violations should not divert attention from, or dilute responsibility for numerous unresolved cases of rape and child abuse by peacekeeping forces.
We call upon the United Nations and troop contributing countries to remain focused on accountability for these heinous crimes.