Central African Republic

No place for rapists in peacekeeping

No place for rapists in peacekeeping

There is a “cancer” within the United Nations—a term employed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon himself—and it must be cut out. I don’t repeat this lightly, especially not as one of the organization’s chief advocates.

Despite Ban’s commitment to a “zero- tolerance policy against sexual exploitation” by the U.N.'s own personnel, a scourge of abuse continues, with recent reports detailing a new wave of nightmarish allegations against U.N. and French peacekeepers. 

It’s maddening that a few bad cells threaten the system. On the whole, the U.N. is a healthy body, literally sustaining life around the globe through its work providing food, vaccines, shelter, and security to...