Zero tolerance to sex offender peacekeepers
29 September 2015, Nirapad News: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged to maintain a zero-tolerance approach to sex offenses by peacekeepers apart from ensuring their safety and security.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made the assertions while addressing a summit on “Peacekeeping Operations” at UN headquarters in New York on Monday (local time).
Mentioning that Bangladesh was the quickest to deploy troops under blue helmet in Mali, DR Congo and Central African Republic, Hasina also said Bangladesh’s commitment to UN peacekeeping is strong and steadfast.
She also committed Bangladesh is “ready to go further” as the leading troops and police contributor.
The premier also said, “Bangladesh is ready to implement the Secretary General’s recommendations. We are in the final stage of adopting a National Peacekeeping Strategy to better respond to the evolving needs on the ground and at policy level.”
“Bangladesh commits to provide infantry battalions, formed police units, utility helicopters, engineering and maritime units, and other enabling assets to address the existing and projected gaps in peacekeeping missions,” she added.
She also put emphasis on “the need for modernization of peacekeeping operations with new technologies” which “should follow the principles of UN peacekeeping”.
Mentioning the Institute for Peace Support Operations and Training (BIPSOT) that Bangladesh set up, Hasina also said, “We are developing it as a centre of excellence for training peacekeepers, especially women peacekeepers”.
“We commit to provide customized training and technical support to other troops and police contributing countries. We are committed to protect civilians and promote gender and human rights issues.”
Sheikh Hasina co-chaired the summit with US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of UN General Assembly (UNGA).
She concluded her speech by calling upon all members of the peacekeeping community to work together to ensure peace and security around the world.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and head of state and government of Ethiopia, Indonesia, Japan, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Rwanda and Uruguay also addressed the summit.