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September 13, 2006
The Fletcher School, Tufts University
As the UN prepares to send thousands more peacekeepers to East Timor, a new report commissioned by the UN reveals a “culture of cover-up” in which babies born to peacekeepers and sex crimes committed by UN staff in East Timor over the past seven years have been kept secret. Sarah Martin, author of Refugees International’s 2005 report, Must Boys Be Boys? Ending Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in UN Peacekeeping Missions, charges that the culture of UN peacekeeping missions breeds a tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, and argues that the misconduct of peacekeepers compromises the UN’s ability to transform conflict and bring about stable peace.
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