According to one of the UN spokespersons, UN has received 37 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse against its personnel in the first 3 months of 2019. On Thursday, the Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General of the organization, Mr Farhan Haq, disclosed this at a news conference in New York. According to Mr Farhan, the alleged offenders include the civilian and uniformed personnel from peacekeeping as well as personnel of agencies, funds and programmes. He quickly noted that not all the allegations reported had been fully substantiated and that many were in the trial stage of assessment.
“Of the 37 allegations, there are 49 victims: 28 women and 11 girls, one boy, seven females of unknown age, one unknown adult and one unknown child. “Sixteen of these allegations are categorised as sexual abuse, 27 as sexual exploitation, four are of an unknown nature, and two have been categorised as “other”, of which one was closed. “Of these 37 allegations, one has been substantiated through an investigation and has been referred to the Member State,’’ the spokesperson said.
Mr Farhan Haq added that four of the allegations were not substantiated; 26 at various stages of investigation, and six under trail assessment to determine if there is sufficient information to investigate. He stated that the world body also received 33 allegations, involving 37 victims and 38 perpetrators, against non-UN personnel working as implementing partners. According to Haq, the UN has continued to intensify efforts to implement the Secretary-General’s strategy to combat sexual exploitation and abuse.