The United Nations has decided to withdraw 450 Gabonese peacekeepers from the Central African Republic (CAR) over allegations of sexual exploitation, Gabon’s defense ministry announced Wednesday.
“In recent weeks, extraordinarily serious actions have been taken against military ethics and the dignity of the armed forces. Gabonese The ministry said in a statement to AFP that the battalion had been notified.
“After many cases of alleged sexual exploitation and abuse that are being prosecuted, United Nations Today, the Gabonese contingent has decided to withdraw from the UN mission MINUSCA. Due to, And “an investigation has been opened by Gabon,” the statement read.
One of the world’s poorest countries, CAR has been volatile since independence from France in 1960.
It is currently plagued by a brutal civil war that erupted in 2013 after an uprising against then-President Francois Bozize.
The MINUSCA was set up by the United Nations in April 2014 to try to end the conflict over the Silica Alliance of Armed Groups, which has ousted Boziz against militias supporting it.
The conflict has eased dramatically, but MINUSCA, with more than 10,000 personnel, is still present in the country, primarily to protect civilians.
Allegations of sexual offenses involving peacekeepers have come up again and again, and in the past when some troops were withdrawn, no investigation has resulted in at least a public conviction to date.