UN Armies Use Troops Prone to Corruption

Alleged crimes described as 'sickening and odious'
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2016 5:22 PM CDT
Updated Apr 4, 2016 5:49 PM CDT
UN Armies Use Troops Prone to Corruption
UN peacekeepers from Rwanda secure a polling station during vote counting in Bangui, Central African Republic, Sunday Feb. 14, 2016.   (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Thirty countries that provide the most troops to UN peacekeeping armies are particularly prone to corruption, according to a new study. Transparency International, an organization that monitors corruption, says six of the most troop-contributing nations scored an F in an A-to-F grading system—Togo, Morocco, Chad, Egypt, Burkina Faso, and Cameroon, the New York Times reports. Among the top three troop contributors, Ethiopia scored an E while Bangladesh and India each got a D. Among all 30 nations, only Italy was graded higher than D.

Transparency International didn't give specific examples but blamed the problem partly on poor training and lack of anti-corruption practices. The study was released amid allegations that international peacekeepers in Central African Republic (CAR) committed sex-abuse crimes between 2013 and 2015, Fortune reports. UN investigators there have talked to 108 apparent victims, most of whom are minors. UN peacekeepers in Democratic Republic of Congo have also received allegations of sex abuse against minors and paternity claims, Reuters reports. "This plague of sexual abuse by peacekeepers must stop," says US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, who described the alleged crimes in CAR as "sickening and odious." (More United Nations stories.)

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