The United Nations is examining accusations of sexual assault in the humanitarian action to the Ebola break out in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a UN representative stated on Friday.
“The UN Office of Internal Oversight Services is currently reviewing these allegations,” stated Farhan Haq, deputy representative for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “Because the investigative work is ongoing, we will not comment further on these critical efforts.”
“The secretary-general is unwavering in his determination to stamp out sexual exploitation and abuse. The policy of the organization is zero tolerance, and we will pursue all allegations whenever they arise,” Haq informed a routine press rundown.
In all such queries and examinations, the victim’s rights and requirements should be critical. All victims recognized are getting assistance, stated Haq.
“The UN is committed to ending and preventing sexual abuse and exploitation everywhere, including in humanitarian settings, and we will continue to press for a victim-centered approach and punishment of perpetrators.”
Haq informed Xinhua that the examination continues into accusations last September of mainly males recognizing themselves as UN humanitarian employees.