UN: NGO calls for accountability at UN on child abuses in CAR

New York, US (PANA) - The resignation of a top UN human rights official who admitted she did nothing after receiving reports of child rape by French soldiers in Central African Republic (CAR) because she was distracted by budget cuts underscores the dire need for greater accountability at the UN, said Mr. Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, a Geneva-based non-governmental watchdog agency that measures the performance of the UN.

In a statement, obtained by PANA in New York on Thursday, Mr. Neur said: "Not only did Deputy UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Flavia Pansieri, fail to act, but she was part of a coterie of top UN officials who punished the only member of her office who sounded the alarm, veteran staffer Anders Kompass, by firing him."

"The message heard loud and clear throughout the world body was that speaking out against the banality of bureaucratic complicity with evil will kill one's career, that it is better to stay silent.

"Therefore, to the extent that Ms. Pansieri is in fact resigning over her office's shameful inaction, indifference and cover-up concerning the rape of children by peacekeepers, then today marks a small step toward greater accountability for malfeasance by UN officials," he stated.

He also added: "In this episode, as in many others throughout the UN, minimal levels of scrutiny and acceptance of responsibility is desperately required."

UN Watch is a Geneva-based human rights organization founded in 1993 to monitor UN compliance with the principles of its Charter.

It is accredited as a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Special Consultative Status to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and as an Associate NGO to the UN Department of Public Information (DPI).
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