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UN Whistleblower Speaks Out: “Why I Resigned From the UN”

Anders Kompass leaked information from the UN about peacekeepers’s sexual abuse and exploitation of children. For this, he was asked to resign and put under investigation. Although he was exonerated, he believes the only reason this happened was because internal UN employees leaked information about his investigation, forcing the UN to act ethically. If it were up to the UN the truth would be buried forever. Kompass says that the United Nations rarely holds its employees accountable for their unethical actions, and they punish those who choose to take the ethical but unpopular stance. In his own words, “the UN promotes an atmosphere of fear and marginalises individuals seen as not toeing the line.” The international justice system is extremely flawed, yet there has been no effort to improve the system. Anders Kompass says he resigned because he could not continue to fight for human rights […]

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 […]

Sexual Exploitation Runs Rampant in MINUSTAH

MINUSTAH is one of only 4 UN missions worldwide where sexual exploitation rates are increasing. The numbers are staggering, and this is despite known under-reporting because of the power these peacekeepers hold, and because reporting leads to loss of crucial income for the victims. This problem is attributed to poverty, racism and political instability. It could be solved with better protection of whistleblowers, who are often better at detecting misconduct than any agency tasked to do so but don’t report it due to fear of retaliation. Part of the piece is below. Click HERE for the full text. United Nations in Haiti: When Protectors Turn Predators Kathie Klarreich, 100 Reporters January 12, 2015 A United Nations presence in Haiti has become as familiar as the country’s barren hillsides. Troops of some sort have been there almost continuously since 1993, including five […]

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