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United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) acts on allegation of sexual exploitation in Aweil

April 24, 2018

The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal has also been notified by the UN of the allegation 

JUBA, South Sudan, April 24, 2018,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- On 13 April, four teenagers were caught trying to enter the United Nations base in Aweil through the perimeter fence.

It was alleged that one of the teenaged girls had been touched inappropriately by a member of the Nepalese contingent in exchange for money. There was no allegation made of rape.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) deployed a Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Immediate Response Team (IRT) to Aweil to gather information and preserve evidence prior to the launch of an investigation by the Troop Contributing Country concerned.

The matter has also been reported to the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), an agency that is independent from UNMISS.

The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal has also been notified by the UN of the allegation and is in the process of appointing a team of National Investigation Officers who will conduct an investigation as per normal procedures relating to military contingents.

UNMISS has a zero tolerance, no excuses and no second chances approach to sexual exploitation and abuse. It is committed to putting the victims’ rights and dignity first and ensuring that there is transparency and accountability for such actions.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

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