UN peacekeepers routinely trade sex for goods

first_imgRelated posts:New hope for Haiti Haiti cholera victims file new lawsuit against UN Strike on UN Gaza school kills 10 as Israel starts troop pullout Behind the scenes at the UN UNITED NATIONS – U.N. peacekeepers routinely trade sex for money, jewelry, cellphones and other items in countries where they are deployed in clear violation of U.N. rules, according to a draft U.N. report.A third of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by U.N. personnel involve a minor under 18, according to the report by the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) obtained by AFP on Thursday.Interviews done with victims in Haiti and Liberia suggest that the United Nations is underreporting cases of sexual abuse and exploitation by its peacekeeping personnel.In Haiti, 231 people admitted to having “transactional sexual relationships” with peacekeeping personnel in exchange for “jewellery, ‘church’ shoes, dresses, fancy underwear, perfume, cell phones, radios, televisions and, in a few cases, laptops.”Women interviewed in the report said they were hungry, homeless or needed items for their babies or their households.A survey of 489 women aged 18 to 30 in Monrovia showed that over a quarter of the city’s women had engaged in sex with U.N. peacekeepers, usually for money.In Liberia, women who engaged in sex with the peacekeepers were not poorer than others and also viewed the mission “more favorably” than women who did not have sexual relations, the study showed.The report noted that some women in Haiti “withheld the badges of peacekeepers and threatened to reveal their infidelity via social media” if the men refused to pay. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Vyacheslav Oseledko/AFPUnderreporting of cases “Evidence from two peacekeeping missions demonstrates that transactional sex is quite common but underreported in peacekeeping missions,” said the draft report dated May 15.There were 480 allegations of sexual abuse from 2008 and 2013 with the largest missions registering high numbers of cases, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Haiti, Sudan and South Sudan.The OIOS noted that civilians serving in missions account for 33 percent of all allegations, even though they only represent 17 percent of the mission’s personnel.U.N. peacekeeping officials have pointed to a drop in cases of sexual abuse from 127 in 2007 to 51 last year, but the reductions “are partly explained by underreporting,” said the OIOS.The United Nations began issuing rules 10 years ago to the blue helmets that “strongly discourage sexual relations” between U.N. personnel and the people that they are helping.But the report cited widespread confusion among U.N. peacekeepers on the boundaries that should not be crossed.There was a “general view that people should have romantic rights” and U.N. staff “raised the issue of sexuality as a human right,” it added.The final report to be released on Monday coincides with an outcry over allegations of child sexual abuse by French and African troops in the Central African Republic.Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has ordered an independent external review after the United Nations admitted that those cases were poorly handled.The United Nations has 125,000 peacekeepers deployed in 16 missions worldwide. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Silversea Cruises has b

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterSilversea Cruises has bolstered its expedition team ranks, appointing Bill Davis to the position of Vice President Expedition Operations and Development, effective 1 June, 2019.Bringing vast knowledge and experience garnered over many years in the expedition industry, Davis will oversee Silversea’s expanding expedition destination operations, assisting with the development of new programs, and managing the cruise line’s Expedition Field Staff from his Miami base.Davis will also oversee the Silversea Expedition Academy, which recruits and trains top industry talent to enable guests to travel deeper into destinations from pole to pole.In addition to working extensively in the field, in which he has led and participated in more than 200 expeditions on more than 40 vessels since 1993, Bill has gained an MPhil in Polar Studies from the Scott Polar Research Institute at Cambridge University. As well as both Polar Regions, Bill has journeyed to the world’s remotest locations in the South Pacific, South Atlantic, North Atlantic, Russian Far East, Newfoundland & Labrador, Alaska, and around the coasts of the UK and Norway, among others.“I am delighted to have joined the team at Silversea Cruises at this exciting time,” Davis said.“With destination expertise that is unparalleled in the industry, the cruise line’s Expedition Team is enabling guests to really explore the authentic beauty of the world in depth, sharing local knowledge and expertise accrued over many years. I am excited to further enhance Silversea’s offering for guests, with more immersive experiences in spectacular destinations,” Davis remarked.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Karsan Jest Electric Is Powered By BMW i

first_imgSource: Electric Vehicle News BMW i3 motor and batteries are good for electric buses too.Karsan, a Turkish bus manufacturer, is offering all-electric buses called Jest Electric. The interesting part is that the powertrain and batteries are supplied by BMW.The Jest Electric received a 125 kW electric motor (it’s a small bus after all, with a top speed of just 70 km/h or 44 mph) and a single or double battery from the i3. There are 33 kWh and 66 kWh versions available. Moreover, because BMW recently upgraded i3 batteries to 44 kWh, there are now 44 and 88 kWh versions also available.Depending on battery version, the range stands at 80 km, 105 km, 165 km and 210 km (130 miles).See Also VDL Bus & Coach Sold 500th Electric Bus Martha’s Vineyard Buses Get Wirelessly Charged Up With 200-kW System The good news is that you can buy the Jest Electric not only in Europe, but also in the U.S..embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }Source: Karsan, BMWBlog Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 8, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News BYD Sold Over 600 Electric Buses In Europelast_img read more