The United Nations has decided to increase the number of corrections officers in its peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic.
The 15-member council unanimously decided that the UN Integrated Multidimensional Mission in the CAR, known by its French acronym, MINUSCA, will comprise up to 10,750 military personnel, among them 480 military observers and military staff officers.
Additionally, 2,080 police personnel, among them 400 individual police officers. It also decided to raise the number of corrections officers from 40 to 108.
The Council also asked the Secretary-General to keep the level of MINUSCA’s military and police personnel and corrections officers under continuous review.
MINUSCA has recently been hit by a series of allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation by peacekeepers and associated troops.
The Central African Republic is facing more than three years of civil war and sectarian violence that has displaced thousands of people.