WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2018 —
The Defense Department and the United Nations held an inaugural training course for national investigative officers for U.N. peacekeeping operations, aimed at holding peacekeepers accountable for abuses such as sexual misconduct and preventing further crimes.
More than two dozen participants from 11 African nations took part in the course held in Entebbe, Uganda, Jan. 15-24, said Mark Swayne, the acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for stability and humanitarian affairs.
The course is a fulfillment of a U.S. pledge at the 2016 U.N. Defense Ministerial on U.N. Peacekeeping in London to support the U.N. and partner troop contributing countries to address conduct and discipline requirements in peace operations, Swayne said.
The course provided training on how peacekeepers should address sexual exploitation and abuse allegations, he said, adding the oversight will result in greater accountability for individuals and units responsible for abuses.
“Ultimately, this should lead to a decrease in these incidents, which not only severely harm the people and communities peacekeepers are charged with protecting but also…