UN report on stopping peacekeeper sex crimes fails, say critics

The counsel that investigated the new United Nations report on sexual assault by peacekeepers says the response is inadequate as it does not address the culture that contributed to the scandal in the first place.
Some are already questioning just how effective the new measures proposed by the Secretary General will be in ending sexual abuse by peacekeepers. (Getty Images)
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On March 11, the United Nations adopted a resolution to tackle the issue of sexual assault committed by its peacekeepers. However, some are already questioning just how effective the new measures proposed by the Secretary General will be in ending the abuse. 

Emma Phillips is the counsel for the Independent Panel on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by International Peacekeeping Forces in the Central African Republic and a partner at the Toronto law firm Goldblatt Partners — she believes what's lacking in the report is confrontation of the culture within the UN that allowed the assaults to occur. 

Their job is to protect civilians, but in a number of cases, they've done just the opposite. (AFP/Getty Images)

While the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, says the sexual assaults are a human rights issue, Phillips says they are not behaving in a manner that is in line with a human rights violation. 

"There's a real disjunction between the rhetoric that's used publicly ... and the actions of staff on the ground," Phillips says.

This segment was produced by The Current's Howard Goldenthal.