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UN’s OHCHR Commends Chelsea Manning’s Commuted Sentence, Continues Retaliation Against Its Own Whistleblowers

Bea Edwards, January 23, 2017

Here at the Government Accountability Project (GAP) we were encouraged to see the positive reaction from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) at the news of US whistleblower Chelsea Manning’s commuted sentence on 18 January. The United Nations Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred D.

Accountability at the United Nations: A Cornerstone of Effective Use of Resources

Bea Edwards, January 03, 2017

GAP is posting Matthew Parish’s recommendations for reforms at the United Nations, as the new UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, takes office. Parish analyzes the relationship between the diffuse and unverifiable goals of the United Nations system and retaliation against whistleblowers. He points out that so long as the Organization is able to elaborate its own uncritical narrative about its accomplishments, whistleblowers represent a unique and intolerable threat.

The United Nations Response to GAP about Revisions to The UN Whistleblower Protection Policy

Bea Edwards, December 30, 2016

GAP appreciates the United Nations’ response to our observations about its pending revisions to SGB/2005/21, The UN Whistleblower Protection Policy. In brief, we were concerned that UN management is narrowing the definition of a “protected disclosure” in a revised policy, and we strongly believe that the existing definition meets best practice standards: it should not be made more restrictive.

Ban Ki-moon Should Strengthen (Not Weaken) Whistleblower Protections at the UN

Bea Edwards, December 28, 2016

On January 1, Antonio Guterres, the former Prime Minister of Portugal and High Commissioner for Refugees, will become the new Secretary General of the United Nations. Before then, Ban Ki-moon, the outgoing Secretary General who has presided over cases of retaliation against UN whistleblowers at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the World Intellectual Property Organization, in numerous field offices and in peacekeeping missions, has an opportunity to improve protection for whistleblowers, as he has been urged to do by the General Assembly.

The New UN Secretary General Commits to A Culture of Accountability

Bea Edwards, December 27, 2016

Management and staff at the United Nations are marking the arrival of Antonio Guterres as Secretary General. Mr. Guterres is the former High Commissioner for Refugees and Prime Minister of Portugal. In his initial speech as the new Secretary General, Mr. Guterres turned his attention to UN management reform and spoke of a culture of accountability, including effective protection for whistleblowers.

In Memoriam: John Kim

Bea Edwards, December 08, 2016

We were profoundly saddened to learn of John Kim’s death on November 27th. John was a deeply ethical man who worked at the World Bank for nearly 30 years and was identified as a source for a journalist who criticized then Bank President Paul Wolfowitz. As a result of the exposure of wrongdoing by Wolfowitz, he and his top aides resigned in 2008.

Make It Safe Coalition Praises House Vote to Make Contractor Whistleblower Rights Permanent

Staff, December 07, 2016

Action follows Senate passage institutionalizing landmark reform

The Make It Safe Coalition (MISC) praised House action to unanimously approve S. 795, legislation that makes permanent a 2012 pilot program creating best practice whistleblower rights for contractor employees outside the Intelligence Community (IC). The Make It Safe Coalition consists of whistleblowers and 75 NGO’s whose common mission is stronger protection for employees who use free speech rights to challenge abuses of power that betray the public trust.  

GAP Whistleblower Vindicated for Veterans Affairs Disclosures

Staff, December 07, 2016

GAP client and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) whistleblower Brandon Coleman has again been vindicated for his whistleblower disclosures!