DNA Paternity Tests for UN Peacekeepers
UN quietly offers DNA tests to address ‘peacekeeper babies’ & sexual abuse claims
As one of its efforts to address allegations of sexual misconduct by UN keepers worldwide, the organization, has quietly begun running DNA tests to resolve paternity claims by victims who are left raising ‘UN babies,’ according to AP.
Some of the UN’s 125,000 peacekeeping force spanning over 16 locations across the world have engaged in sexual relations with local populations or have even been accused of committing sexual crimes. Such acts have resulted in claims that a child was conceived from a member of the UN force, including non-military staff.
Of the dozen paternity claims received last year, four were associated with alleged sexual abuse of a minor, the Associated Press reports. When asked whom the UN personnel may legally have sex with during their deployment, a UN official told the agency “no one,” except each other. Otherwise, intercourse could lead to an investigation, the official added.
Back in 2005, a special report by Zeid Raad al-Hussein, now the UN’s human rights chief, urged the organization to conduct DNA tests, should such suspicions arise.
Article from RT.com