Wed Sep 30, 2015 9:14AM
MINUSCA peacekeepers on patrol in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).
MINUSCA peacekeepers on patrol in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).
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Amnesty International has criticized the UN for not tackling sexual abuse by peacekeepers in the Central African Republic, saying the organization must punish the perpetrators.

Amnesty further emphasized that the countries that fail to hold their troops to account should be suspended from the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic.

The remarks came a day after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon released a report, outlining measures urgently required to root out sexual abuse by those serving under the UN flag in the CAR.

The Central African Republic plunged into crisis in December 2013, when Christian Anti-balaka militia began coordinated attacks against the country’s mostly Muslim Seleka group, which toppled the government in March that year.

As the guiding force, France effectively invaded its former colony after the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution giving the African Union and France the go-ahead to send troops to the country.