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At UN, Justice System Faces Year-End Collapse as a JDC Chairman Now Resigns

Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis

UNITED NATIONS, November 20 -- On the second day that Ban Ki-moon's UN failed to answer Wednesday's question of how its justice system will continue after its December 31 expiration date, a chairman of the UN's Joint Disciplinary Committee told Ban he is resigning on that date. The letter's critique of Ban's delay, and of injustice in the UN, is scathing. Yet still no answer to Wednesday's question:

Inner City Press: on this, what they call the internal justice system, there is a report -- ACABQ came out with a report fairly critical of the Secretary-General for not having this system ready for January 1.  It was supposed to be ready.  One, what’s the reason for the delay?  And two, what’s the Secretary-General going to do to make sure that some internal justice system remains in place (inaudible) on December 31?

UN's Ban and ILO Labor chief, justice for staffers not shown

Deputy Spokesperson:  Well, it's obviously a high priority for the Secretary-General.  I will look into the question that you have, because I don’t have anything further on it now.

  But still nothing is had, or at least none in provided. And on the evening of November 21, on Ban's schedule is a "Reception hosted by the Secretary-General for the United Nations for the Administrative Tribunal on the occasion of its last session after 59 years." To be continued.

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