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In CAR, UN Doesn't Report French Rapes, Ladsous Bringing Drones, For Whom?

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, April 30 -- French soldiers in the Central African Republic sexually abused children, and after more than nine months, no action has been taken. Now Herve Ladsous, the fourth Frenchman in a row in charge of UN Peacekeeping, has made an announcement from the country's capital Bangui: that he will deploy drones there.

But who will get the information, and what will be covered up, like the rapes?

The UN's own in-house organ UN News Center, not mentioning the rapes of course, quotes Ladsous that "the arrival of attack helicopters and drones would help."

 The story is more complex. Inner City Press has asked the UN questions, below.

  Yesterday's Guardian report focused on a UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights staffer Anders Kompass -- who some media insist on identifying as an "aid worker" -- saying he is being retaliated against for sharing this information with the French.

  As Inner City Pres previously reported, there is more to this story and to Kompass, in the public record. Kompass shared information with Morocco, to undermine human rights reporting in Western Sahara. Inner City Press reported on Kompass and this in December; the leaked documents are online. 

 What is the relationship between the two stories, beyond the UN's near total lack of transparency and standards?

  On April 29, the UN came out with a statement that Kompass was suspended with pay for leaking a report to French authorities with the name of victims and witnesses. Inner City Press asked UN deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq these questions, here


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