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United Nations Joint Inspection Unit (Oversight Body) Releases Report Evaluating Ethics in the UN System

Shelley Walden, June 09, 2010

The United Nations (UN) Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) – an independent oversight body of the UN mandated to conduct evaluations and investigations system-wide – has just released an insightful report on “Ethics in the United Nations System.” JIU found that:

 

Supreme Court Petition Challenges United Nations Immunities

, June 07, 2010

Last week, two UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) employees filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the immunity and impunity of UN officials.

The petition was filed after the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the United Nations is immune from this lawsuit, which claims that former UN High Commissioner for Refugees Ruud Lubbers sexually harassed and retaliated against a UNHCR employee.

UN Secretary-General Appeals an Order that Required Him to Provide an Investigative Report to a Whistleblower

, April 09, 2010

The UN Secretary-General is appealing an order by United Nations Dispute Tribunal (UNDT) Judge Michael Adams that requires him to provide a whistleblower with a copy of the investigative report about his retaliation claim.

UN Whistleblowers Beware: Secretary-General Impostor on the Loose!

Shelley Walden, April 01, 2010

According to a March 19 decision by United Nations Dispute Tribunal (UNDT) Judge Michael Adams, a UN Secretary-General impostor is on the loose. As Judge Adams wrote in D’HOOGE v. SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS:

UN Secretary-General Attacks Rule of Law; Jeopardizes Fair Hearing Rights for UN Employees

Shelley Walden, April 01, 2010

A new order issued by United Nations Dispute Tribunal (UNDT) Judge Michael Adams exposes the continued efforts by UN management to undermine the authority of UNDT, which reviews appeals from UN staff members regarding contested administrative decisions. According to the ruling (Bertucci vs. Secretary-General of the United Nations; order number 59), the Secretary-General has failed to produce requested documents, in violation of the Tribunal’s orders. In the words of Judge Adams:

UN Agency Punished Somalia Whistleblower

, March 10, 2010

A United Nations Development Program (UNDP) whistleblower and GAP client was recently vindicated by the UN Ethics Committee. However, the UNDP refuses to disclose information about their investigation.

UN’s Immunity Upheld in Brzak Case

, March 05, 2010

In a disappointing decision, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on March 2 that the United Nations is immune from a lawsuit filed by a UN employee who claimed that the former U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Ruud Lubbers sexually harassed and retaliated against her.

Numerous Intergovernmental Organization (IGO) whistleblowers and employees have previously attempted to hold IGOs such as the United Nations accountable through filing lawsuits in national courts. In most cases, these lawsuits have been dismissed due to the immunity privileges of IGOs.

Judge Slams UN Secretary-General for Undermining the New Justice System and Creating Flawed Procedures to Address Misconduct

, March 02, 2010

new decision issued by United Nations Dispute Tribunal (UNDT) Judge Michael Adams exposes the lack of consistent procedures to address misconduct in the UN system and admonishes the Secretary-General for trying to undermine the ability of the justice system to hold perjurers in contempt of court.

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