HRW Report Accuses Some A.U. Soldiers In Somalia Of Sexual Exploitation; A.U. Rejects Report’s Findings

News outlets discuss a report released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday that accuses some soldiers with the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) of raping and sexually assaulting women who had sought assistance.

International Business Times: African Union Soldiers In Somalia Accused Of Rape, Sexual Abuse In Human Rights Watch Report
“African Union soldiers in Somalia raped and sexually assaulted women and girls — some of them as young as 12 — who came to their bases seeking medical aid, the United States-based Human Rights Watch, or HRW, said, in a report published Monday…” (Pandey, 9/9).

New Vision: A.U. rejects report on AMISOM sexual abuse allegations
“The African Union strongly rejects the conclusions contained in the report of the Human Rights Watch on allegations on sexual exploitation and abuse by AMISOM…” (9/9).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Peacekeepers in Somalia use aid to rape women and buy sex for $5: HRW
“African Union (A.U.) peacekeepers in Somalia rape women seeking medicine on their bases and routinely pay teenage girls for sex, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Monday. HRW documented 10 incidents of rape and sexual assault, including the rape of a 12-year-old girl, by African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops in 2013 and 2014…” (Migiro, 9/8).

VOA News: HRW: Some A.U. Soldiers Raping, Exploiting Women
“Human Rights Watch is accusing some soldiers with the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) of abusing their power to rape and exploit women and girls on their bases in Mogadishu. The organization has documented 21 cases, but the group notes the number most likely is higher, as many women did not want to share their experiences…” (Yusuf, 9/8).

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