UN Must Reinstate Whistleblower Who Exposed Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse: Tribunal
A United Nations tribunal on Wednesday ruled that the agency unlawfully retaliated against an internal whistleblower who exposed allegations that French “peacekeeping” troops in Central African Republic had sexually abused children.
Presiding Judge Thomas Laker ordered the UN to immediately reinstate Anders Kompass, the director of field operations for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, who was suspended in April for leaking an internal UN report to French authorities last summer.
The report identified children between the ages of eight and fifteen who said they were abused by French troops while at a internally displaced persons camp in Bangui, the capital of CAR. In some cases, children said they were forced to perform sex acts in exchange for food. The UN has indicated that it is possible that the number of children impacted could, in fact, be far greater than those highlighted in the report.
French authorities are currently investigating the findings.
Top UN officials have repeatedly defended the decision to retaliate against Kompass for the disclosure on the grounds that he had violated “protocol.”
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