Soldiers warned on sexual conduct
IRISH soldiers who visit brothels in war-torn countries or engage in any inappropriate sexual conduct when serving overseas face severe disciplinary sanctions, it emerged yesterday.
They will be disciplined under rules aimed at combating gender-based violence in foreign conflict zones.
Yesterday, Lieutenant Colonel Ollie Barbour revealed that Irish soldiers, renowned worldwide for their peacekeeping skills, were subject to a "Green Card" system, governing conduct towards women in conflict zones.
Lt Col Barbour was representing the Defence Forces at a key meeting of the Irish Joint Consortium on Gender-Based Violence which met in Dublin.
The joint consortium met in advance of the publication, next year, of the Government's National Action Plan to implement a United Nations resolution on Women, Peace and Security. The consortium was addressed by Mary Robinson, former Irish President and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.