Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

VICE documentary on UNaccountable Peacekeepers in Haiti

VICE documentary chronicles the UN peacekeepers’ crimes in Haiti. “A perpetrator certainly can be brought to justice. If you look at the UN system there’s lots of procedures that allow that to happen. It’s just that those procedures in practice are not allowed to work,” Brian Concannon. The documentary features interviews from Haitian victims of sexual assault, a former Haitian prime minister, former staff against whom the UN retaliated, and Brian Concannon of IJDH. Watch the video HERE. “Peacekeepers Turned Perpetrators” Gianna Toboni, VICE November 28th, 2016 Click here to view VICE documentary  

Former UN Staffer Discusses Accountability for Sexual Abuse and Cholera

Célhia de Lavarène, a French journalist who worked for many years at the United Nations, discusses the lack of accountability for sexual abuse by peacekeepers and cholera the UN brought to Haiti. Former UN staffer speaks out about sex abuse scandals France24 November 3, 2016 Click HERE for the original post.

How UN Whistleblowers Are Forced to Keep Quiet

In recent months, the United Nations (UN) has come under intense scrutiny for sexual abuse by peacekeepers (especially in the Central African Republic) and the lack of an adequate response from the organization. This article delves into why there’s often a lack of response to sexual abuse and corruption: punishing whistleblowers. Often, UN whistleblowers are ostracized, fired, or otherwise sanctioned for pointing out major flaws in the UN system. This breeds a culture of impunity and complicity by those who know of peacekeeper/staff crimes but are afraid to report them. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Ostracised, sacked … and even arrested: the fate of whistleblowers at the UN Former employees say United Nations is failing to protect those who report corruption, malpractice or sexual abuse Roger Hamilton-Martin, The Guardian September 14, 2015 When a […]

UN Whistleblowers Face Repercussions for Speaking Out

UN whistleblowers, who speak out about injustices occurring in the organization or under its auspices, too often face repercussions for taking a stand against their employer. Because of the UN’s vast legal immunities, staff must file complaints through a lengthy, expensive, and often biased internal process. This structure for UN staff members follows the similar appeals mechanism for the Haitian cholera victims and sexual assault survivors seeking redress from the UN. Despite the UN’s stated commitments to human rights and justice, whistleblowers and victims often refrain from speaking out for fear of backlash, as highlighted in the following article. Click HERE for the full article. How The UN Fails Whistleblowers – OpEd David Kaye, eurasiareview June 25, 2015 This is a letter from the UN Whistleblower Coalition to the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, David Kaye, […]

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