Sexual violence is a crime, it should be treated like a crime. If a UN troop or police officer commits an act of sexual violence their home country must be willing and able to prosecute them for it.
IF A COUNTRY CAN'T OR WON'T ATTEMPT TO PROSECUTE ACTS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE CRIMINALLY THEN THEY SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO CONTRIBUTE CONTINGENTS TO UN PEACEKEEPING MISSIONS
Peacekeeping is an honour and a privilege but peacekeepers need to understand that they are not above the law. Once they do this will make an enormous difference to the culture of the mission, and should significantly reduce instances of sexual violence and other inappropriate behaviour.
It is unacceptable that at present, peacekeeping personnel guilty of crimes are rarely prosecuted, because the troop contributing country in question is unable or unwilling to fulfill its responsibility to do so.
At present, victims are denied justice.
Creating a "banned list" of countries that cannot contribute until they have demonstrated this ability is achievable through Security Council action (only slight wording changes to existing resolutions would be needed) and should form part of a package of actions to work closely with troop contributing countries to help them live up to their responsibilities. Such a process should give sufficient time for necessary adjustments to be made to national legislation and policies.
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I PLEDGE MY SUPPORT: ONLY COUNTRIES THAT PROPERLY INVESTIGATE ACTS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE SHOULD BE CONSIDERED FIT TO CONTRIBUTE PERSONNEL TO UN PEACEKEEPING MISSIONS
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