UN Official Who Failed to Act on Child Sex Abuse Allegations Resigns

The U.N. rights official who admitted not following up for months on allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers in Central African Republic has resigned. The U.N. confirmed Wednesday that Flavia Pansieri has left the post of deputy high commissioner for human rights "for health reasons." The allegations by several children as young as 9 of trading oral sex and sodomy for food with French soldiers tasked with protecting civilians in the violence-torn country didn't become public until late April, almost a year after U.N. staffers first heard the children's stories. No arrests have been announced, and it appears that the only person who has been punished is the U.N. rights staffer who first notified French authorities.



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