Skip to comments.Second Former U.N. Worker Seeks Whistleblower Protection
Posted on 09/07/2007 8:21:04 AM PDT by Froufrou
A second former employee of the U.N. anti-poverty agency is seeking whistleblower protection from the U.N. Ethics Office, claiming he was fired in retaliation for raising complaints to his superiors, his legal adviser said Thursday.
Mathieu Credo Koumoin, a native of the Ivory Coast who worked for the U.N. Development Program in West Africa, sent a letter to U.N. ethics chief Robert Benson on Tuesday, asking him to review his case under the U.N.'s new whistleblower protection rules, said his counsel, Jeanne-Marie Col.
The request comes weeks after Artjon Shkurtaj, the former operations officer for UNDP in North Korea, also sought whistleblower protection from the Ethics Office, claiming he lost his job after making allegations about the agency's financial transactions in the communist country.
The cases present a serious challenge to the Ethics Office two years after then-Secretary-General Kofi Annan signed the U.N.'s first whistleblower protection policy.
The policy requires all U.N. employees to report any breach of the organization's rules and regulations and offers them protection from retaliation if they do so. But Shkurtaj's case has been rejected on a technical jurisdiction issue, drawing criticism from the U.N. Staff Union and members of the U.S. Congress.
Terms of U.N. Ethics Probe Benson said last month there was enough initial evidence to support an investigation into Shkurtaj's claims of retaliation, but the UNDP refused to cooperate on grounds that its operations are not covered by the Ethics Office.
Because it has its own governing board, the UNDP cannot be investigated by the Ethics Office unless it so requests. Instead, UNDP has said it will seek an external review of its now-defunct North Korea program.
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Ethics probe? The U.N.? Isn’t that like a vampire guarding a blood bank??
ROTFLMAO! Yeah, kinda like that! :op
Some essential history if you are to fully grasp the rot and the plot — at the core of this thoroughly corrupt gaggle of over-educated morons:
ORIGINS OF THE UN, PART 1:
ORIGINS OF THE UN, PART 2:
ORIGINS OF THE UN, PART 3:
“Because it has its own governing board, the UNDP cannot be investigated by the Ethics Office unless it so requests. Instead, UNDP has said it will seek an external review of its now-defunct North Korea program.”
Somehow, sitting in a free the country; this doesn’t fit.