Good News From the UN! [UPDATED]

Rapes by peacekeepers (piece-seekers more like) are down!

UNITED NATIONS, February 20 – The UN found three “substantiated” cases of sexual exploitation or abuse by its peacekeeping personnel in 2012, having reached conclusions on 16 of the 60 complaints for that year, the UN told Inner City Press late Tuesday.

But the UN did not, as Inner City Press requested, provide any answer about repatriation, much less to what countries and about prosecution and conviction, despite the claim of a “zero tolerance” policy by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and UN Peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous.

On the issue of sexual exploitation and abuse, DPKO and DFS report that in 2012, a total of 60 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse were reported, down from 74 allegations reported in 2011. Of the 60 allegations reported in 2012, close to half involved the most egregious forms of sexual exploitation and abuse, namely sexual activities with minors or non-consensual sexual acts. Twenty-five (25) allegations involved civilian personnel, 19 involved military personnel, 9 involved police personnel, six were non-UN, and 1 was unknown. Of these, the status of investigations is as follows as of 1 February 2013: 30 are pending, 13 are unsubstantiated, and 3 are substantiated.

In line with its zero tolerance policy, UN Peacekeeping is determined to continue its efforts to strengthen accountability for prevention, enforcement and response including criminal accountability where warranted – and in accordance with national laws. Victim assistance must also remain a priority.

While appreciating the response, we note that the numbers do not add up.

It’s UN accounting. What are you going to do?

Anyway, at this rate, the UN will have eliminated rape, statutory and rape rape (™Whoopi Goldberg), among its personnel by 2016. Let’s focus on the positive!

Less optimistically:

When Sudan was elected at the end of January as Vice-President of the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), UN Watch, together with film star Mia Farrow rightly objected.

ECOSOC is a top U.N. body, regulating human rights groups, shaping the composition of key U.N. women’s rights bodies, and adopting resolutions on subjects ranging from Internet freedom to female genital mutilation. Thus, genocidal Sudan seemed a highly inappropriate choice.

Ain’t that the UN all over—raping and mutilating women in the name of peace and human rights.

And if the rape don’t get you, the cholera will:

The United Nations has formally rejected compensation claims by victims of a cholera outbreak in Haiti that has killed almost 8,000 people.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called Haitian President Michel Martelly to inform him of the decision.

The UN says it is immune from such claims under the UN’s Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the UN.

Evidence suggests cholera was introduced to Haiti through a UN base’s leaking sewage pipes.

The UN has never acknowledged responsibility for the outbreak – which has infected more than 600,000 people – saying it is impossible to pinpoint the exact source of the disease, despite the mounting evidence the epidemic was caused by poor sanitation at a camp housing infected Nepalese peacekeepers.

In a terse statement, Mr Ban’s spokesman said damages claims for millions of dollars filed by lawyers for cholera victims was “not receivable” under the 1947 convention that grants the UN immunity for its actions.

Isn’t that special? The UN can literally p*ss (or sh*t) on your head and tell you it’s raining.

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