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United Nations “Botched” More Sexual Abuse Cases & It’s Not The First Time

US-based NGO Code Blue received 14 internal UN reports detailing how numerous UN peacekeepers were accused of sexual misconduct in CAR. Not only did these cases involve some very serious allegations of sexual misconduct, but they were continuously mishandled and “botched” by the UN.

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The United Nations has been under public scrutiny for quite some time now, and for good reason. Sexual abuse is a recurring problem in the organization, with numerous UN peacekeepers being accused of sexually assaulting the very people to whom they were meant to provide aid and protection. What’s worse, the organization often sweeps these cases under the rug rather than addressing them head on.

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The most recent cases were brought to attention by Code Blue, a campaign by a US-based NGO that’s fighting for more accountability for UN peacekeepers’ actions. The latest allegations made against the troops were related to sexual misconduct against community members in the Central African Republic (CAR) and the UN’s mishandling of these accusations.

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Sexual Misconduct By UN Peacekeepers in the CAR

Code Blue received 14 internal UN reports that included specific details regarding the allegations made against UN peacekeepers in CAR. Not only did these cases involve some very serious allegations of sexual misconduct, but they were repeatedly mishandled and “botched” by the UN.

Sharanya Kanikkannan, a lawyer with Code Blue, explained that the UN was filtering out complaints almost immediately after they received them and disregarding cases prior to even thoroughly investigating them.

“The filtering ensures that there is no access to justice for the vast majority of victims since they cannot gain access to law enforcement authorities without first convincing UN staff to believe them,” Kanikkannan said.

However, even if the allegations are considered “credible,” the responsibility lies on the perpetrators’ home countries to prosecute them. Then again, the UN can simply decide that the claim does not have enough evidence to back it up, meaning it gets dismissed.

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Of the 14 cases cited by Code Blue, eight of the alleged survivors weren’t even interviewed. Ten of them were only dealt with inside of the organization and only one was pursued and investigated by the alleged perpetrator’s home country.

Another issue is that the UN fails to adequately disclose this information to the public. Of these 14 cases, only four are included on the UN website where data is supposedly published about sexual misconduct cases.

Code Blue isn’t the only organization urging the UN to take responsibility for their actions either. Last week, British human rights NGO Redress published a report titled “Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Peacekeeping Operations,” which claimed that the UN mishandled many of these cases.

The report stated that there were obstacles preventing victims from coming forward and reporting their abuse to the UN “stemming from limited information about channels to report, fear and the inevitable conflict of interest when the UN receives complaints about the actions of those working under its mandate.”

The report continues:

There have been persistent allegations of sexual abuse in recent years in countries including the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Haiti. There are no precise figures of the number of persons who have been subjected to sexual exploitation and abuse, though over 2,000 allegations have been recorded over a 13-year period (2004-2016).

Please keep in mind that these are only the recorded allegations, and this number is likely not an accurate reflection of the true number of victims abused by UN peacekeepers/troops.

This isn’t the first time UN peacekeepers have been publicly ridiculed for sexual misconduct, as the UN has been facing these problems for decades. Earlier this year, UN peacekeepers were actually caught running a child sex ring.

Other Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against UN Peacekeepers

An Associated Press investigation into the United Nations (UN) has revealed that over the past 12 years, there have been approximately 2,000 allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation by UN peacekeepers and other employees around the world. Over 300 of those cases involved children; however, very few perpetrators have actually been arrested and held accountable for their crimes.

In regards to the child sex ring run by UN peacekeepers in Haiti previously mentioned, nine children were being passed around from 2004 to 2007. The UN found out about what was going on, yet chose only to send home 114 of the peacekeepers. Of the 114 UN peacekeepers involved, no one was imprisoned. Though this put an end to that specific sex ring, the sexual abuse and exploitation in Haiti by UN peacekeepers didn’t stop there.

In addition, when the sex ring was being investigated, a team of Sri Lankan officials traveled to Haiti for two weeks to further examine the allegations. They only communicated with 25 soldiers out of more than 900 in the country and their findings indicated that only two corporals and one private were involved with having sex with two “young” victims. This is obviously a vast understatement of the amount of Sri Lankan peacekeepers involved and speaks to the level of corruption that exists within the political system.

To read more about the child sex ring run by UN peacekeepers in Haiti, check out the following article:

United Nations “Peacekeepers” Caught Running A Child Sex Ring: 2,000+ Cases of Sexual Abuse Reported

There was another pedophile ring in the Democratic Republic of Congo that the UN was involved in — UN police officers in Bosnia paid for prostitutes and were caught trafficking young women from Eastern Europe — and the UN was involved with child sexual abuse and rape in the Central African Republic as well.

Final Thoughts

Cases like these are particularly devastating because the perpetrators are the people we’re supposed to trust to help others: the United Nations’ peacekeepers. As it turns out, these people are far too often anything but “peace keepers.” Instead, they’re the ones wreaking havoc in these villages and causing women and children to have nightmares for the rest of their lives.

Instead of burying these stories and simply not addressing them, the UN needs to step up and investigate these cases fully and take responsibility for any allegations that are found to be true. Not only do they owe it to the victims who were subjected to abuse, but they also owe it to the peacekeepers so they can further understand how to stop this from occurring in the first place.

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Abductions & Car Vandalism – Startling Australian UFO Report Unclassified

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An uncovered Australian report performed by their Department of Defence. “Scientific Intelligence — General — Unidentified Flying Objects” is trending again. Those who have done extensive research on UFOs will find the Australian version of disclosure to be far more intellectually honest than the American version. Albeit it was conducted decades ago.

According to ex-US intelligence official Luis Elizondo, the Defense Department’s Inspector General is presently conducting three reviews. The inquiries vary from the Department of Defense’s handling of UFO claims to Elizondo’s alleged whistleblower retribution. The open IG cases are crucial to Australia’s report because they establish beyond a shadow of a doubt that the US Department of Defense is being dishonest and shady when it comes to the UFO subject. For decades, Australia has been a loyal friend of the United States. Within Australia’s boundaries, they share a military installation (Pine Gap). When a close defense ally’s intelligence agencies determined that the US was not being intellectually honest in its approach, perhaps it is reasonable to conclude that there is more to the tale than the 144 incidents studied since 2004 by the UAPTF.

The CIA became alarmed at the overloading of military communications during the mass sightings of 1952 and considered the possibility that the USSR may take advantage of such a situation.

Australian UFO study.

According to the summary, OSI, acting through the Robertson-Panel, encouraged the USAF to use Project Blue Book to publicly “debunk” UFOs. In a tragic twist of fate, when Australian authorities sought explanations from the US Air Force, the allegation was debunked. The authors of the study were depicted as conspiratorial and even crazy by the US Air Force. Ross Coulthart reported this, and it may be heard in a recent Project Unity interview. Courthart is an award-winning investigative journalist who is drawn to forbidden subjects. He also stated on the same podcast that a senior US Navy official identified as Nat Kobitz told him that the US had been in the midst of reverse-engineering numerous non-human craft. According to his obituary, Mr. Kobitz was a former Director of Research and Development at Naval Sea Systems Command.

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PGA Tour To End COVID Testing For Both Vaccinated & Non-Vaccinated Players

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    The PGA Tour has announced that it will stop testing players every week, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.

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    Are PCR tests appropriate to identify infectious people? Should people who are healthy and not sick be tested at all, anywhere?

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The picture you see above is of John Rahm, a professional golfer on the PGA tour being carted off the golf course after tournament officials told him he had COVID. He was healthy and had no symptoms, yet was forced to withdraw from the tournament. He was told in front of the camera’s, and a big scene was made out of the event. You would think something like that, especially when you are a big time sports figure, would be done behind closed doors with some privacy.

Earlier on in June a spokesperson for the PGA Tour said that more than 50 percent of players on the PGA tour have been vaccinated. Although it seems that the majority of players on the tour will be fully vaccinated judging by this statement, it does leave a fairly large minority who won’t be, and that’s something we’re seeing across the globe as COVID vaccine hesitancy remains high for multiple reasons.

We are pleased to announce, after consultation with PGA Tour medical advisors, that due to the high rate of vaccination among all constituents on the PGA Tour, as well as other positively trending factors across the country, testing for COVID-19 will no longer be required as a condition of competition beginning with the 3M Open. – PGA tour Senior VP Tyler Dennis

The tour recently announced that the testing of players every week will stop starting in July for both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. This was an unexpected announcement given the fact that, at least it seems in some countries, vaccinated individuals will enjoy previous rights and freedoms that everyone did before the pandemic. Travelling without need to quarantine and possibly in the future not having to be tested could be a few of those privileges. Others may include attending concerts, sporting events, or perhaps even keeping their job depending on whether or not their employer deems it to be mandatory, if that’s even legally possible. We will see what happens.

Luckily for professional golfers, regardless of their vaccination status they won’t have to worry about testing positive for COVID, especially if they’re not sick. This is the appropriate move by the PGA tour, who is represented by their players and it’s a move that the players themselves may have had a say in. It’s important because PCR tests are not designed nor are they appropriate for identifying infectious people. A number of scientists have been emphasizing this since the beginning of the pandemic. More recently, a letter to the editor published in the Journal of infection explain why more than half of al “positive” PCR tests are likely to have been people who are not infectious, otherwise known as “false positives.”

This is why the Swedish Public Health agency has a notice on their website explaining how and why polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are not useful for determining if someone is infected with COVID or if someone can transmit it to others, and it’s better to use someone who is actually showing symptoms as a judgement call of whether or not they could be infected or free from infection.

PCR tests using a high cycle threshold are extremely sensitive. An article published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that among positive PCR samples with a cycle count over 35, only 3 percent of the samples showed viral replication. This can be interpreted as, if someone tests positive via PCR when a Ct of 35 or higher is used, the probability that said person is actually infected is less than 3%, and the probability that said result is a false positive is 97 percent. This begs the question, why has Manitoba, Canada, for example, using cycle thresholds of up to 45 to identify “positive” people?

When it comes to golf, the fact that spread occurring in an outdoor setting is highly unlikely could have been a factor, but it’s also important to mention that asymptomatic spread within one’s own household is also considerably rare. It really makes you wonder what’s going on here, doesn’t it?

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