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Cablegate: Efforts to Combat Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Un

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RUCNIAD/IGAD COLLECTIVE
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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL KPKO SOCI AU UNSC SU
SUBJECT: EFFORTS TO COMBAT SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND ABUSE IN UN
PEACEKEEPING MISSIONS

REFERENCE: (A) 07 STATE 170451
(B) 07 KHARTOUM 0125

1. (SBU) The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) mandates that all civilian
employees, military personnel, and UN Volunteers undergo training to
recognize, report and prevent sexual exploitation and abuse.
According to the UNMIS Chief of Conduct and Discipline Aster Zaoude,
all personnel must undergo preventative sexual exploitation and
anti-abuse training at induction and then refresher field training
while in country. As an example of the training, Zaoude said that
the UN, in cooperation with the Office of Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the Government of South Sudan,
conducted field training and workshops on January 22 to 24, in Juba.
The field training included a train-the-trainer component, which
will continue to train smaller field elements aimed at combating
sexual exploitation and abuse.

2. (SBU) Zouade said that the sexual exploitation and abuse
monitoring task force established in 2007 (ref B) continues to meet
regularly with the Government of South Sudan (GOSS), local NGOs and
with the senior UN country elements. The monitoring task force has
programs to inform the public of UN efforts to combat sexual
exploitation and abuse and to educate the public on where to report
allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse. Zoaude emphasized the
ongoing and comprehensive nature of the prevention programs.

3. (SBU) UNAMID human rights officers told poloff on January 29 that
UNAMID is still in the process of recruiting staff but plans to have
its own Conduct and Discipline Unit. They stated that UNAMID would
institute and maintain the same preventative measures to combat
sexual exploitation and abuse as UNMIS.

4. (SBU) In January 2007, allegations surfaced that UNMIS personnel
engaged in sexual exploitation and abuse against the local
population. Since then, UNMIS conducted an aggressive training
program (ref B) and instituted a "zero-tolerance" policy against
such exploitation and abuse. For the remainder of 2007, post is not
aware of any sexual exploitation and abuse allegations against any
UNMIS staff or AMIS staff in Darfur.

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