Washington, D.C. (April 11, 2016) — Following a new round of reports regarding the scourge of sexual exploitation and abuse in United Nations Peacekeeping, The Better World Campaign will supply witnesses to both Senate and House hearings Wednesday. The appearances follow a hard-hitting op-ed in the LA Times, “No place for rapists in peacekeeping” by Peter Yeo, President.
Yeo, also Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy for the United Nations Foundation, will appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, “Do No Harm: Ending Sexual Abuse in United Nations Peacekeeping.” A webcast will be made available via the Committee.
Yeo will testify that, “There is a cancer within the United Nations – and it must be cut out. The scourge of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN Peacekeepers continues, despite Secretary-General Ban’s commitment to a zero-tolerance policy and repeated promises from UN Member States to take meaningful action… So the question is: how do we support the vital work being done by UN peacekeepers in CAR and elsewhere, and at the same time, implement meaningful steps to stop sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers and ensure justice for victims?”
Jordie Hannum, Senior Director of the Better World Campaign, will testify before the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing, “Peacekeepers: Allegations of Abuse and Absence of Accountability at the United Nations.”
Hannum will testify that, “If the UN is to root out the bad actors – whether they hail from the developed or developing world – it must show that the newly announced policies, endorsed by the Security Council, will be implemented with unshakable resolve… These measures will mean nothing unless they are actively and consistently enforced – a posture which will anger some troop contributing countries.”
In 2015 and 2016, a number of high-profile and disturbing cases of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeepers were brought to light, particularly in the Central African Republic. In response to these allegations, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced a series of proposals to combat this scourge. Many are already being implemented, but the Better World Campaign will testify that, if the UN is to extricate the bad actors, it must show that new policies will be implemented with unshakable resolve. In that pursuit, both the UN and its member states can and should do more.
About the Better World Campaign:
The Better World Campaign (BWC), an initiative of the Better World Fund, works to strengthen the relationship between the United States and the United Nations. It encourages U.S. leadership to enhance the UN’s ability to carry out its invaluable international work on behalf of peace, progress, freedom, and justice. For more information, visitwww.betterworldcampaign.org
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