He didn’t interview the accuser or medical staff who examined her, but he cleared the peacekeeper – who remained in the Sri Lankan military.
In fact, Sri Lanka has never prosecuted a single soldier for sexual misconduct while serving in a peacekeeping mission abroad.
More than 300 of the allegations involved children, the AP found, but only a fraction of the alleged perpetrators served jail time. It has no jurisdiction over peacekeepers, leaving punishment to the countries that contribute the troops.
The AP interviewed alleged victims, current and former UN officials and investigators and sought answers from 23 countries on the number of peacekeepers who faced such allegations and, what if anything, was done to investigate.
A culture of impunity that arose during Sri Lanka’s civil war has seeped into its peacekeeping missions.
The government has consistently refused calls for independent investigations into its generation-long internal conflict, marked by widespread reports of rape camps, torture, mass killings and other alleged war crimes by its troops.Diane De Zoysa, 59, said 26-year-old hotel worker Priyanjana was passionate during their whirlwind holiday romance in 2011.