Report: U.N. Commits Human Rights Abuses Against Its Staff
SOONER SENATOR IN HEATED DISCUSSION WITH ANNAN’S DEPUTY OVER AMERICAN ATTITUDES
UNITED NATIONS — Far from a beacon of justice to the countries of the world,the United Nations is “in breach of its own human rights standards because of the unfair way it treats its own employees,” according to a report due to be released today by an independent panel of three international jurists hired by Turtle Bay’s Staff Union to investigate the United Nations’s internal justice system.
The three-man panel, headed by a British jurist who played a key role in such cases as last year’s decision to send former Argentinian dictator Pinochet to stand trial in his homeland, Justice Geoffrey Robertson, was appointed after U.N. staffers repeatedly complained about abuse by their superiors in the organization and the lack of accountable bodies in which to air their grievances.
“It was an eye opener,” Mr. Robertson told The New York Sun yesterday. Describing a system where everything is conducted “under wraps and in secret,” he said justice is all but impossible for Turtle Bay employees.The existing structure “is a sclerotic system that dates back to the League of Nations,” he said, adding he doubted it could be reformed under the current leadership of Secretary-General Annan.
Fire the bum. And his motley crew of newly minted robber barons.