United Nations_ A specialized team of the United Nations (UN) is investigating more than 50 new allegations of exploitation and sexual abuse against personnel serving in the multilateral organization and its partners in the field, Prensa Latina reports. 

During the first three months of this year these allegations were received, not all of them have yet been verified and many are now in the preliminary evaluation phase, the deputy spokesman of the Secretary General, Farhan Haq, informed.

The reports include the accusations of 66 people, including 13 girls under the age of 18 and 16 victims whose age is still unknown, he said.

From January 1 to March 31, 2018, 54 complaints were registered: 14 cases related to peacekeeping operations; 18 with United Nations agencies, funds and programs; 21 related to implementing partners, and one to a member of an international force not belonging to the UN.

With more than 95,000 civilians and 90,000 uniformed employees working for the UN, exploitation and sexual abuse do not reflect the behavior of the majority of those who are part of the organization, Haq said.

But every accusation involving such personnel undermines the values ​​and sacrifice of those who serve with pride and professionalism in some of the most dangerous places in the world, he told reporters.

He also recalled that the fight against that scourge, as well as the help and empowerment for those who have been affected by these atrocious acts, are a priority for the UN Secretary General.

From the beginning of his term, Guterres committed himself to a policy of 'zero tolerance' for exploitation and sexual abuse.

Its initiatives aimed at preventing and responding to the problem include the appointment of a defender of the rights of the victims and the establishment of a leadership circle composed of heads of State or Government that have agreed to hold the perpetrators accountable.

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