08TBILISI1229, GEORGIA: EFFECTIVENESS OF UN EFFORTS TO COMBAT

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08TBILISI1229 2008-07-16 13:45 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Tbilisi

VZCZCXYZ0000
OO RUEHWEB

DE RUEHSI #1229 1981345
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 161345Z JUL 08
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 9757
INFO RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 4650

UNCLAS TBILISI 001229 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR IO/PSC & EUR/CARC 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PREL PHUM KPKO GG
SUBJECT: GEORGIA: EFFECTIVENESS OF UN EFFORTS TO COMBAT 
SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND ABUSE IN UN PEACEKEEPING MISSIONS 
 
REF: A. SECSTATE 68780 
     B. TBILISI 68 
 
1. In response to ref A, post provides information on 
Trafficking in Persons (TIP) and Sexual Exploitation and 
Abuse (SEA) in relation to the United Nations Observer 
Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG).  This report combines input 
solicited from Georgian law enforcement officials, 
international organizations, NGO experts on TIP, and 
representatives from the UNOMIG office in Tbilisi.  As post 
has noted in previous reports, due to the isolated nature of 
UNOMIG in the separatist region of Abkhazia, it remains a 
challenge for our Georgian sources -- who are prohibited from 
traveling to the region -- to comment with complete certainty 
on the activities of UNOMIG staff. 
 
2. There is no NGO, popular, or government perception that 
UNOMIG is involved in TIP or SEA in Georgia.  The prosecutor 
General's office confirmed to us that there have been no 
investigations of UNOMIG officials in connection with such 
abuses.  Officials from both the International Organization 
for Migration (IOM) and the Anti-Violence Network of Georgia, 
a leading NGO combating crimes against women, told us they 
had no information connecting UNOMIG personnel to any such 
abuses. 
 
3. UNOMIG officials informed us that SEA issues are handled 
in the mission by two SEA focal points.  Their 
responsibilities are three-fold: training of all categories 
of mission staff, dissemination of information, and follow-up 
on allegations of SEA.  In December 2007, UNOMIG's Conduct 
and Discipline Unit (which was set up in August 2007), 
completed a round of briefings with all categories of mission 
staff to refresh everyone's knowledge of UN Conduct policies; 
briefings are also provided to all incoming staff.  These 
briefings contain a specific section on SEA and related 
issues.  Despite limited access to the local Abkhaz 
population, the Conduct and Discipline Unit conducted as 
planned (ref B) a small public information campaign and 
awareness-raising activities with external partners during 
the first half of 2008. 
TEFFT

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