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UN peacekeepers punished for abuse

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United Nations peacekeepers accused of sexual abuse have been subject to disciplinary action ranging from military demotion to prison sentences after the organisation investigated and confirmed alleged misconduct. At least 50 peacekeepers have been punished since 2007, according to the UN. In a statement, the UN outlined the process for dealing with misconduct: "When allegations of misconduct involving military and police personnel are substantiated, the UN can repatriate the individuals concerned and ban them from participating in future peacekeeping operations." There has been a significant increase in prosecutions and court-martials by national authorities this year with disciplinary action brought against more than 30 personnel, up from two last year and 15 in 2007. The UN has a zero tolerance policy on sexual abuse cases, but the organisation itself does not prosecute personnel; it leaves this to the governments that contribute human resources to missions.

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