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‘Forced sex with dog’: 98 Central African Rep. girls report shocking abuse by UN peacekeepers

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An advocacy group has released horrifying details of how at least 98 Central African Republic (CAR) girls were allegedly sexually abused by international peacekeepers.

The report was released by AIDS-Free World, an international advocacy organization, on Wednesday. The group said that MINUSCA, the UN’s peacekeeping mission in CAR, met with local leaders and victims “who reported that troops from France and Gabon have sexually abused several girls in their province.”

The group cited three CAR girls who said that they, along with a fourth girl, were raped by UN peacekeepers.

The girls said they “were tied up and undressed inside a camp by a military commander from the Sangaris force (the French military intervention in CAR) and forced to have sex with a dog,” the group wrote

After the rape, each girl was reportedly given 5,000 Central African Francs ($9).

“The three girls interviewed sought basic medical treatment. The fourth girl later died of an unknown disease. One of the survivors said that she was called ‘the Sangaris’ dog’ by people in the community.”

According to the group, the alleged perpetrators “left CAR, returning home in 2015.”

Also the organization mentions one more case of a 16-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by a Congolese UN peacekeeper.

The girl’s mother told police that the peacekeeper “raped her daughter in a hotel room at 4pm on Monday, March 28, 2016.”

“When police questioned the accused in the presence of his UN military commander, the soldier confirmed that he ‘had sexual intercourse’ with the victim several times, and paid her between 2,000 and 3,000 Central African Francs [$3-5dollars].”

The report was sent directly to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who immediately issued a response, expressing his horror.

“I am shocked to the core by the latest allegations of abuse by international forces in the Central African Republic. Our focus must be on the victims and their families. We are talking about women and young children who have been traumatized in the worst imaginable way,” Ban said in a statement, released by UN.

He added that these crimes by UN peacekeepers “only fester in silence.”

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UN tells UK to ban police Taser use on children – report

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The United Nations will tell the UK to ban police Taser use on minors, after figures revealed a 38 percent increase in the use of stun guns on under-18s over the last year.

The UN will confront the UK in Switzerland later this year over violations of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, which the UK signed up to in 1990, the Independent on Sunday reports.

In 2008, the last time the UK was admonished for allowing Taser use on children, the UN called on ministers to “put an end to the use of all harmful devices on children.”

However, since that first hearing police use of Tasers has been steadily on the rise.

Tasers, which were first introduced in England and Wales in 2003 as part of a 12-month trial for firearms officers, send 50,000 volts through a target’s body, overwhelming the nervous system. Police use of the powerful stun guns jumped from 6,238 incidents in 2010 to 9,196 in 2014.

READ MORE: Police Taser safety probed after man dies during arrest

Carla Garnelas, co-director of the Children’s Rights Alliance for England, called for an outright ban on the use of Tasers on children.

“The use of Taser on children is a breach of their human rights,” she told the Independent on Sunday.

“UN bodies have repeatedly called for the UK government to ban their use on children, highlighting the serious risk of physical and psychological harm they pose, yet the use of Taser on children continues. We want to see a ban on Taser use on children.”

A Home Office source told the Independent: “Taser provides the police with an important tactical option when facing potentially physically violent situations and this government is committed to giving officers the necessary tools to do their job. All officers trained in the use of Taser must consider the vulnerability of the individual, and factors such as age and stature form part of this assessment.

Debate over Taser use made headlines last fall when critics said Home Office figures which suggested that black people were three times more likely to have a Taser used against them by police than white people proved underlying racial bias within the police force. The data showed that 12 percent of all police Taser incidents between 2010 and 2015 involved black targets.

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