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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Child rape: UN Watch calls for more accountability




Geneva-based human rights organization under the aegis of United Nations Watch has called for a greater accountability at the world body, reports ITRealms.

 ITRealms recalls that the recent resignation of a top UN rights official who admitted she did nothing after receiving reports of child rape by French soldiers in Central African Republic due to budget cut distraction.

A press statement made available to ITRealms, the executive director of UN Watch, Hillel Neuer, noted that the outcome of the resignation underscored the dire need for greater accountability at the world body.

Neuer also said that not only did Deputy UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Flavia Pansieri failed to act on getting the alert, "but she was part of a coterie of top UN officials who punished the only member of her office who sounded the alarm, veteran staffer Anders Kompass, by firing him.

"The message heard loud and clear throughout the world body was that speaking out against the banality of bureaucratic complicity with evil will kill one's career, that it's better to stay silent," the UN Watch said.

Therefore, UN Watch emphasized that Ms. Pansieri is in fact resigning over her office's shameful inaction, indifference and cover-up concerning the rape of children by peacekeepers, then today marks a small step toward greater accountability for malfeasance by UN officials."

"In this episode, as in many others throughout the UN, minimal levels of scrutiny and acceptance of responsibility is desperately required," Neuer said.

 

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