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UN Secretary-General Supports Stricter Policy for Peacekeepers Accused of Sexual Offenses

On Thursday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced his support of stricter policies to prevent and punish sexual violence by UN peacekeepers. This announcement was part of a historic UN Security Council discussion on sexual violence as a tactic of war.

Ban Ki-Moon told Reuters that he supports a policy which would hold individual peacekeepers and their supervisors responsible for sexual violence. According to the LA Times, Ban Ki-Moon encouraged the countries that provided peacekeepers to prosecute those accused of crimes. Ki-Moon explained that individual countries may be able to prosecute more effectively than the international system could.

Liu Zhenmin, China’s UN Ambassador, backed the zero-tolerance policy, urging countries to boost training and monitoring in UN troops, explains UPI.

Sources:

Reuters 6/20/08, The Age 6/20/08, UPI 6/20/08, The LA Times 6/20/08