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UN rights chief finds more abuse in Central African Republic

Canadian judge Marie Deschamps, center, chair of the Independent Review Panel on UN Response to Allegations of Sexual Abuse by Foreign Military Forces in the Central African Republic, is flanked by panel members Yasmin Sooka, left, and Hassan Jallow, at a news conference at the United Nations, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. The United Nations' "gross institutional failure" to act on allegations that French and other peacekeepers sexually abused children in the Central African Republic led to even more assaults, according to a new report released Thursday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew).
Canadian judge Marie Deschamps, center, chair of the Independent Review Panel on UN Response to Allegations of Sexual Abuse by Foreign Military Forces in the Central African Republic, is flanked by panel members Yasmin Sooka, left, and Hassan Jallow, at a news conference at the United Nations, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. The United Nations' "gross institutional failure" to act on allegations that French and other peacekeepers sexually abused children in the Central African Republic led to even more assaults, according to a new report released Thursday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew).

GENEVA – The U.N. human rights chief says his staffers have in recent weeks turned up six more cases of sexual abuse of children by European troops in Central African Republic.

Zeid Raad al-Hussein’s office says a U.N. team interviewed five girls and a boy who claimed their abusers were part of European Union and French military operations. The abuse allegedly took place near a camp for displaced people near Bangui Airport.

The U.N. rights office said three of the girls said they believed their abusers were members of the Georgian EU contingent, and a 7-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy said they were abused French Sangaris.

The alleged abuse took place in 2014 but only came to light in recent weeks.

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