The smoke screen still lies with blaming the member states and claiming the UN has no control over disciplinary measures or prosecutions of peacekeepers from contributing states. The cases involved the officers from many foreign countries, including the USA, Pakistan, Germany, Romania, Ukraine, government contractors, and local organized criminals.The human rights investigators were never allowed to fully investigate, the suspects were immediately removed from the mission or transferred to other missions.I became aware of the sexual abuse in CAR last year while doing some consulting with international experts related to "Code Blue Campaign", to consider the best way to expose and disrupt the continued practice of the UN.What used to be complicity by the UN by turning a blind eye has grown into a one-eyed monster, blatantly impeding proper investigations and prosecution of crimes committed by peacekeepers. There were many cases, but they were never prosecuted: Young girls from Romania, Ukraine, Moldova and other Eastern European countries being brought in to service the UN and military bases as sex-slaves.The UN have promised to investigate allegations of sexual abuse by peacekeepers in the CAR.Human rights investigator and whistleblower Kathryn Bolkovac tried to investigate similar cases in Bosnia - and lost her job.
Romanians are also very pessimistic in my experience.
The country is routinely listed as a top destination on websites promoting and rating sex tourism.
Even those who should be protecting these children (like parents and priests) rarely acknowledge it.
After two years in Romania, guest writer Ashley Parry looks back at the time spent here, and at the ups and downs on his Romanian road.
Here are the 13 things he highlights from his Romanian venture.