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Panel to review UN handling of alleged French troops abuse

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 Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed an independent panel to review the United Nations' handling of allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers in Central African Republic.

   U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced Monday that the panel will be chaired by former Canadian Supreme Court Justice Marie Deschamps and include Hassan Jallow of Gambia, the current prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and Yasmin Sooka, executive director of the Foundation for Human Rights in South Africa.

   Confidential documents have shown that the U.N.'s top human rights officials did not follow up for more than half a year on allegations collected by their own staffers, while French authorities pressed for more information. France opened a formal judicial inquiry just last month.

   Dujarric said the panel's report will be made public.

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