2005/02/21

UN chief resigns

Mr. Ruud Lubbers, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees resigned his post Sunday amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment indicating, the secretary-general had decided it was time for him to go. Lubbers said, "To be frank, and despite all my loyalty, insult has now been added to injury and therefore I resign as high commissioner."
Lubbers said allegations of sexual harassment against him were "made up" and "slander," and said Annan did not ask for his resignation. He maintained his innocence and noted that Annan had closed the case in July after obtaining legal advice.

In fact, United Nations diplomats said, he had been told that "the
status quo was unsustainable" and that if he did not step down,
there would be an official action to remove him. Mr. Annan's office
began building its legal case on Friday evening.

At United Nations headquarters, the unapologetic muscling aside of
Mr. Lubbers was seen as evidence of the forceful action and direct
communication that Mr. Malloch Brown promised on taking office last
month.

A self-described china-breaker, Mr. Malloch Brown, 51, has taken on
the task of helping Mr. Annan in his intention to reform the United
Nations at a time when it is under multiple investigations for
mismanagement and corruption in its oil-for-food program and under
public censure for incidents of sexual abuse of girls and women by
peacekeepers in Congo.

Mr. Annan's failure to discipline Mr. Lubbers in July even though a
United Nations investigation had produced findings supporting the
harassment assertions had a demoralizing effect on staff members and
left Mr. Annan open to criticism that he would not punish misdeeds
in his senior ranks.

Mr. Lubbers had fought the charges in July with high-powered
lawyers, and Mr. Annan was told by outside employment experts that
he would lose a legal test if he tried to exact punishment.

3 Comments:

Here is an idea:

Since the US don't like Mr Ward Churchill for saying the truth, and graciously kicked him out of his job for opening his mouth, why don't we invite him to become UN's high commissioner? 

Posted by WhyNot
2/21/2005 12:54:00 pm  
More on child abuse by U.N. workers here . 

Posted by brogonzo
2/21/2005 03:56:00 pm  
People should be glad to see that reforms have already been put in place. I know I am. The far right that is wielding a campaign to tear down the UN because of the sins of a few would do well to remember how they use this same card when it comes to their pet causes. The few criminals in uniform at abu gharib (sp) are not indicative of the entire military. The UN has 61,000 employees I believe. The criminal acts of 50 or so certainly proves corruption but not on a grand scale. The good the UN does far outweighs the bad deeds of a few.

I have started the article but with so many things to do I haven't finished it.  

Posted by Dianne
2/21/2005 10:48:00 pm  

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