- UN internal report reveals the number of documented cases of staff’s misconduct
- UN has no record on the criminal actions brought against any dismissed staff
- It relies on the court proceeding the staff will face in their country of origin
The United Nations revealed its 13- page internal report showing the number of documented cases of misconduct or possible crimes of its staff, covering the period of July 2014 to June 2015.
In the news report published for Press TV, it was revealed that there were at least 41,000 U.N. secretariat staff coming from 188 countries and five of them were dismissed.
Apparently, four of them were dismissed on the grounds of misusing UN information and communications technology resources after they stored and shared child pornographic images on the organization’s email.
Meanwhile, one staff was sacked on the grounds of misusing of UN property or assets after using an official UN car to transport approximately 173 kilograms of marijuana.
However, the report did not mention the country of origin, the station or the date they were dismissed.
In a similar report published in The Guardian, it was not stated in the UN internal report whether there were actions brought against the individuals who committed a crime while in the UN service.
Hence, it was disclosed that the cases with criminal conduct were referred to the staff’s country of origin.
Farhan Haq, UN spokesperson, admitted that the UN is not aware of any criminal convictions relating to cases of sexual exploitation and abuse and child pornography nor the UN has been requested to cooperate in any national proceedings.
Adding to it the UN spokesperson said, “While the United Nations can and does follow up with member states, the national authorities concerned have the sole prerogative in determining what, if any, investigations or proceedings are initiated against the individuals.”
The UN’s non-action to know the developments of their dismissed employees had been criticized by Brian Concannon, Executive director of Haiti’s Institute for Justice and Democracy, who said, “UN’s handling of cases is far from ideal.”
Talking about UN’s commitment, and supposed actions to be undertaken, Concannon said, “An organization seriously committed to reducing abuse would track the cases it refers to the staff’s home countries, so it knows how well its own investigations are working, and whether it needs to require improvements in accountability before accepting more staff from that country.”
Meanwhile, the UN internal report does not only show the records of actions taken for grave misconducts but also those conducts with milder actions taken.