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In Liberia, UN Staffer Jailed for Child Support, Immunity Would Have Applied Like More Serious Abusers

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

UNITED NATIONS, November 7 -- In Monrovia it was reported that a member of the UN Mission in Liberia was arrested for failure to pay child support. But since the UN cites immunity from prosecution when for example peacekeepers are charged with rape or sexual abuse, why did this staffer get locked up?

  On Friday at the UN, Inner City Press asked UN spokesperson Michele Montas why the accused didn't have immunity. "In cases like this," she said, there is no immunity, "because the charge has nothing to do with his mandate or service." And rape does? It was then offered that while a peacekeepers or soldier might have immunity, a civilian staffer wouldn't. Video here, from Minute 40.

  This too seemed strange, since non-military officials of the UN often cite immunity.

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Finally, very soon after the noon briefing, the following arrived:

"Further to your question about the former staff member of UNMIL, we have the following additional information from UNMIL: The person in question is no longer an UNMIL staff member. His contract ended at end of September. His case has been discussed between the UN Mission in Liberia and UN Headquarters, and it was confirmed that he no longer has privileges and immunities."

  This implies that if he was still under contract, he would in fact be immune. Inner City Press asked Ms. Montas if the UN has any policy about how UN staff should treat children that they "leave behind" in the countries, usually in Africa, to which they are sent. "The UN doesn't say anything about that," Ms. Montas said, "the UN has no policy. But shouldn't it?

Watch this site, and this Oct. 2 debate, on UN, bailout, MDGs

and this October 17 debate, on Security Council and Obama and the UN.

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