UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A U.N. whistleblower has been awarded 2 percent of the $3.2 million he wanted by a tribunal that found U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and the U.N. Ethics Office failed to properly review claims he suffered retaliation for alleging U.N. corruption in Kosovo.
The whistleblower, American James Wasserstrom, described the award of $65,000 as disappointing and said on Wednesday it sends the wrong message to other U.N. staff contemplating speaking out. Wasserstrom had headed a U.N. agency overseeing publicly owned companies in Kosovo and drew attention to suspicions of a kickback scheme.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday that there was a deeply disturbing “pervasive climate of impunity” in Afghanistan for the abusers of women and girls and he called on Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s government to take action.
Despite a fall in civilian casualties in Afghanistan for the first time in several years, the United Nations said last month more than 300 women and girls were killed and more than 560 injured in 2012, a 20 percent increase from 2011.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Violence linked to culture was the main reason for a 20 percent rise in deaths and injuries of females in Afghanistan last year, U.N. special envoy to Afghanistan Jan Kubis said on Monday.
Despite an overall fall in annual civilian casualties in Afghanistan for the first time in several years, the United Nations said last month that more than 300 women and girls were killed and more than 560 injured during 2012.