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Special Political CommitteeComprehensive review of the whole question of peacekeeping operations in all their aspectsIslamic Republic of IranBACKGROUND INFORMATIONPeacekeeping has been challenged multiple times in the past. The effectiveness of peacekeeping operations has been heavily questioned due to a large number of accusations against United Nations peacekeepers while on missions. The sexual exploitation and abuse of citizens belonging to the countries in which they are supposed to be keeping the peace has become normal. In 2003, the UN Secretary General released a bulletin concerning the measures that they would be taking to protect refugees from sexual exploitation and abuse by aid workers. A “zero-tolerance” policy was also implemented in 2005 in order to attempt to end the crimes occurring during operations. Even so, there were still 99 sexual abuse cases against U.N. peacekeepers in 2015. The UN has also become concerned with the cost of peacekeeping

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