At UN Security, Prefixed
Promotions, Whistleblowers' Dog Days
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
NATIONS, February 6 --
Unanswered questions swirl around UN Security, from accountability for
and Somalia, to irregularities in hiring and
promotions and even discpline. On February 4, Inner City Press formally
two members of the Office of the UN Spokesperson a series of questions
Security, including what is the status of the much-promised
action against UN officials for their inattention to duties in the
the Algiers Bombing, as documented by the Zacklin Report?
Secretary-General think that a Zacklin-style accountability panel
should be set
up to examine the security failures that have taken place in recent
the lack of security clearance and security protection of Mr. Robert
Fowler, the abduction of
official in Quetta, Pakistan, and the killings of UNDP staff in
Two days later, not a single answer has been
provided. Nor has the UN
said anything about replacing Sir David
Veness, who months ago announced he was
resigning as the sole case of accountability following the Algiers
is still in charge of DSS.
seemingly more mundane but not unrelated level,
whistleblowers have provided Inner City Press with a list of UN
Transfers and Assignments / Reassignments." These sources
say that this list undermines the credibility of interviews that are
conducted, implying that some decisions have already been made. They
say as a
matter of belated transparency, the list should
be released. They allege
something of a Caribbean "mafia," and favoritism in promotion,
false resumes and misuse of UN vehicles, retaliation against those who
complain, even of physical abuse.
David Veness takes the reigns, Feb. 2005 -- now what?
Sometimes the public news about UN Security is
negative, but the
exoneration is much more quiet. Take the case of Gamal Ibrahim, exposed
News and elsewhere for alleged abuse of a dog in the UN's Canine Unit.
month, the UN Headquarters Joint Disciplinary Committee recommended
charges be dropped, as the evidence was not conclusive.
As recited in Confidential Report 216 in Case Number
Copy 1 attached,
3, 2007, DSS Management was informed of allegations of improper
was alleged that Mr. Ibrahim had physically abused his canine partner
On 21 January 2008, the case was referred to the JDC.... Mr. Ibrahim
to the charges... The redness on Buddy's
skin has always existed and is part of his skin and hair complexion...
July 2007] incident at the Security Council appears to have been
misinterpreted... Buddy was playful and rest his two front legs
on my shoulders on that occasion. To calm him I gave hand and verbal
which had nothing threatening for him... SS/O Mascioli has a reputation
harassment, fabrication and extrapolation, besides taking occasionally
lunch from vendors... the rationale for their false allegations was
triggered by a spirit of retribution against me, as a result of my
Since the allegations were found to be without
corroboration, is this
the case the UN Security whistleblower whose dog didn't bark? To be
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