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46 Ghana police peacekeepers repatriated over alleged sexual misconduct
Last Updated: 2018-06-01 07:16 | Xinhua
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Forty-six officers of the Ghanaian Formed Police Unit (FPU) contingent on peacekeeping operations in Bentiu, South Sudan, have been repatriated home, the Ghana Police Service said in a release on Thursday.

The officers, who had arrived in Ghana on Wednesday, were alleged to have engaged in sexual exploitation and abuse.

The release however said that the 46 police officers were repatriated on administrative grounds as per the United Nations rules and regulations and would resume full normal police operations "as we await the full investigative report for further action".

On Feb. 8, a complaint was received alleging that members of the Ghanaian FPU were engaging in sexual activity with women living at the UN Protection of Civilians site in Wau.

The information received indicates that some members of the FPU allegedly engaged in transactional sex which was a clear breach of the UN and UNMISS Code of Conduct which prohibited sexual relationships with vulnerable individuals, including all beneficiaries of assistance.

During the celebration of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers on Tuesday, Ghana's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey stated that her country took a serious view of the issue of sexual exploitation and abuse in UN peacekeeping operations.

She said the government would take swift punitive measures against any member of the troops or civilian personnel who was proven to have misconducted himself/herself while on peacekeeping duties, contrary to the exemplary high standards that Ghana's peacekeepers on UN mission had held themselves to over the years.

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