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    The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution to repatriate in three circumstances peacekeepers engaged in sexual abuse or exploitation.

    UNSC Adopts Resolution to Repatriate Peacekeepers for Sexual Abuse

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    The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution to repatriate in three circumstances peacekeepers engaged in sexual abuse or exploitation.

    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — The resolution was adopted on Friday with 14 votes in support and 1 abstention (Egypt). Egypt's proposed amendment to make repatriation less automatic failed, with five in favor, nine against and one abstention.

    The resolution calls for repatriation when "a particular troop-contributing country whose personnel are the subject of an allegation or allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse has not taken appropriate steps to investigate the allegation and/or when the particular troop- or police-contributing country has not held the perpetrators accountable or informed the Secretary General of the progress of its investigations and/or actions taken."

    According a United Nations report released earlier this month, there were 99 registered allegations of sexual abuse or exploitation filed against UN staff members last year. The number is a sharp increase on 80 similar claims filed in 2014.

    An internal UN report, leaked in the spring of last year, revealed that French troops deployed in the Central African Republic (CAR) as part of a 2013 peacekeeping mission had subjected boys to sexual abuse in exchange for food and money.

    In January, the United Nations said it had launched an investigation into new sexual abuse claims arising from a series of similar allegations against its peacekeepers deployed in the CAR.

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