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UN Group Speaks Out Against Deportations from DR

The UN Working Group of Experts of People of African Descent has released the following statement urging the Dominican government not to deport people of Haitian descent. The group currently at risk of deportation from DR includes not only Haitian migrants but also many people who, up until 2013 were considered Dominican citizens. The head of the expert panel stresses that DR “cannot violate international norms or those of the inter-American system of human rights protection, and especially not violate its own Constitution.” Dominican Republic: UN experts concerned over fears of arbitrary deportation and racial profiling United Nations Human Rights Office July 28, 2015 GENEVA (28 July 2015) – The United Nations Working Group of Experts of People of African Descent today called on the Government of the Dominican Republic to take steps to prevent arbitrary deportations and to adopt measures to […]

List of Issues for Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women

June 12, 2015 Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women Pre-sessional Working Group for the 63rd Session Groups in Focus Section Human Rights Treaties Division Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Sent via E-mail to cedaw@ohchr.org Dear Honorable Members of the Committee, This letter is intended to update the Committee on issues since Haiti presented its 2006-2008 report at the Committee’s forty-third session in Geneva on January 27, 2009. We thank you again for the opportunity to brief the commission members on these important women’s rights issues. We have limited the present submission to include information and question on our most pressing concerns under several of the articles, related to access to justice, incidences of sexual violence, gender discrimination, and women’s political participation. CEDAW Violations by Article Article 2 (Policy Measures), Article 3 (Guarantee of […]

More Incriminating Details Released on UN Sexual Abuse Scandal

Earlier this year, UN officials came under fire for attempting to cover up sexual abuse by French peacekeepers in the Central African Republic by suspending a whistleblower. More details about this scandal have now been revealed: UN officials knew about the abuse for months and when they failed to act, a staff member, Anders Kompass, passed the information along to the French government. When France began to investigate, UN officials became determined to fire Kompass but settled on suspending him when he threatened to make the information public. The investigation is ongoing and organizations like AIDS-Free World are demanding accountability for peacekeeper sexual abuse.   Part of the press release is below. Click HERE for the full text.   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Gill Mathurin: +1 646-924-1710 (EDT), gm@aidsfreeworld.org Christina Magill: +1 416-657-4458 (EDT), clm@aidsfreeworld.org TOP UN OFFICIALS IGNORED CHILD […]

Details on UN Mishandling of CAR Sexual Abuse Report

Last month, The Guardian broke the story of a UN staff member who was suspended for leaking a report on sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic. Apparently, this staff member, Kompass, decided to send the report to French authorities when he realized that the UN wasn’t taking any action against the French peacekeepers who committed the abuse. This article provides more details on what happened when the UN received the report, and the UN’s claims on why they didn’t act immediately. Kompass couldn’t make a statement, as the investigation is ongoing.   UN Officials Didn’t Follow Up On Sex Abuse Claims For Months, But Whistleblower Was Punished Cara Anna, The World Post May 26, 2015   UNITED NATIONS (AP) — For months, the U.N.’s top human rights officials knew about allegations of child sexual abuse by […]

Will the UN address impunity for sexual abuse?

The United Nations recently came under scrutiny for suspending an employee who blew the whistle on sexual abuse by French peacekeepers in the Central African Republic. According to the UN, the employee was fired for leaking an internal report on the situation to the French government. A judge ecently ruled, however, that the suspension was illegal and should be lifted immediately. Today, human rights advocates are discussing the issue of UN impunity for sexual abuse at a special conference. This article discusses their comments, as well as attempts to get UN spokespeople to comment on the situation. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. On CAR Rapes, Graca Machel Says DPKO Worse, Boss Ladsous & Scribes Matthew Russell Lee, Inner City Press May 13, 2015 UNITED NATIONS, May 13, updated — French soldiers in the […]

Court Deems UN Suspension of Whistleblower Illegal

Last month, the United Nations came under fire for suspending an employee who allegedly breached protocol in sending a report to the French government. This report details sexual abuse of children by French peacekeepers in the Central African Republic and many suspected that the UN suspended the employee because it didn’t want this information to become public. Now, an appeal tribunal has ordered the UN to lift the suspension, which the court deems “unlawful.” Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. UN suspension of sexual abuse report whistleblower is unlawful, tribunal rules Sandra Laville, The Guardian May 6, 2015 An appeal tribunal has ordered the United Nations to immediately lift the suspension of a whistleblower who disclosed the alleged sexual abuse of children by peacekeeping troops in Africa to the French authorities. A judge said […]

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