Phnom Penh, September 25, 2019 –Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has reaffirmed the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC)’s strong commitment to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse.
“As a member of the Circle of Leadership (CoL), I reaffirm the RGC’s commitment in strongly supporting and implementing the zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse in UN peacekeeping operations as well as joining with member states of the CoL to collectively unite to prevent such act,” said Samdech Techo Hun Sen in a video clip released on social media on Sept. 25.
This is a moral imperative and an operational necessity to ensure the effectiveness and credibility of the UN, the Premier underlined.
Acknowledging that peacekeepers must be accountable to the people they serve, Cambodian blue helmets who are currently serving missions in Central African Republic, South Sudan, Sudan, Cyprus, Lebanon, and Mali have strictly adhere to the said policy with high responsibility, dignity, and morality as well as strict discipline, he said.
“Although their offences are the shared responsibility of the UN and its Member States, perpetrators who commit sexual exploitation and abuse must be held personally and legally accountable to their acts,” stressed Samdech Techo Hun Sen.
By Khan Sophirom