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UN Repeats Claim It Held Ghana Police Accountable Even As Ghana Lifts All Interdictions Impunity UNder Guterres

By Matthew Russell Lee, Video here, Vine here

UNITED NATIONS GATE, November 15 -- UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres says he has a "zero tolerance" policy for sexual abuse, exploitation and harassment, and for retaliation. But when Inner City Press asked Guterres' deputy spokesman Farhan Haq on March 15 about Michel Sidibé's reported threats of retaliatory investigations against those making and offering support to sexual harassment complaints at UNAIDS, Haq said this is entire a matter for UNAIDS. Earlier Inner City Press story here; exclusive publication of whistleblowers' international condemnation of retaliation and favoritism in Sidibe's UNAIDS, below. Now Guterres is similarly passing the buck on FAO, see response to Inner City Press here. On November 8, Inner City Press asked in writing Guterres, his Deputy and his Global Censor Alison Smale, as well as his spokesmen, this: " November 8-7:  Given the SG's claim of accountability for sexual exploitation by UN Police from Ghana in South Sudan, please immediately provide his comment and action on this contradictory report from Ghana: “Government says it is yet to conclude its investigations into the case of some Ghanaian police peacekeepers indicted by the United Nations for sexual misconduct in South Sudan last year. Though the Police Administration in May this year said investigations by the IGP’s three-man investigative team had concluded its work, the Interior Minister Ambrose Dery claimed in Parliament Thursday the team was yet to finish with the investigations. Director General of the Police Intelligence and Professional Standards, COP Kofi Boakye who said in May the investigations had ended, noted that the Police was awaiting the results of the UN investigators to “compare notes in order to have a compete and comprehensive report”. But when summoned by Parliament to brief members of the House what have been the results of the investigations, Mr. Dery said the investigations are expected to end by the end of November 2018, nine months on. Some MPs wanted to know if the sexual exploitation incident had affected Ghana’s participation UN in peacekeeping but the minister responded in the negative, noted even after that incident some troops were deployed for peacekeeping. Mr. Dery said some of those police officers who were withdrawn from South Sudan over the alleged sex exploitation and abuse have been interdicted while others are still at post.” No answer for four days - so was the claim of rare accountability for this Ghana contingent even true? Impossible to know in Guterres murky UN of censorship. Now on November 12 from Guterres' deputy spokesman Farhan Haq this, which we publish in full: "Regarding your question about the Ghanaians in South Sudan, we have the following: The Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) conducted an investigation into the allegations of sexual exploitation by Ghanaian police in South Sudan. The investigation concluded that eight police officers had engaged in transactional sex in Wau. As per UN rules, these officers are barred from deployment to any current or future UN peace operations.
The OIOS report was shared with the Ghanaian authorities who are in the process of conducting their own national investigation into the allegations.
The Government of Ghana has pledged to take disciplinary and/or criminal action for substantiated acts. As per standard practice, Member States have the responsibility to ensure accountability of their personnel. The UN does not have judicial authority.
The United Nations is following up closely with the Ghanaian authorities on information regarding its investigation and any other relevant actions." But Ghana's investigation was said finished in May, but is now said to be ongoing - and repatriatees still "at post." Now that is ALL of the repatriatees - on November 14, banned Inner City Press asked in writing, "November 14- 2: Now in Ghana, even the 14 suspended are back on the job. What is the SG's (and separately USG Lacroix's) comment and action on that “14 Police officers who were accused of sexual misconduct in a peacekeeping mission in South Sudan have been recalled back into the service after they were interdicted. According to a police internal memo sighted by Primenewsghana, the personnel have been recalled to resume work while investigations continue. “This headquarters signal directs the immediate lifting of interdiction of the underlisted personnel,” the memo said”? There was no answer that day. On November 15, with lead spokesman back from a week long junket to Japan with no transcript, Haq instead of addressing Ghana's statements and action merely resent the same answer on Ghana (and left unanswered Inner City Press' about six new rape allegations against Cameroonian UN peacekeepers) - "On question Nov 14-2, re-sending what we had sent you on this earlier:
The Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) conducted an investigation into the allegations of sexual exploitation by Ghanaian police in South Sudan. The investigation concluded that eight police officers had engaged in transactional sex in Wau. As per UN rules, these officers are barred from deployment to any current or future UN peace operations.
The OIOS report was shared with the Ghanaian authorities who are in the process of conducting their own national investigation into the allegations.
The Government of Ghana has pledged to take disciplinary and/or criminal action for substantiated acts. As per standard practice, Member States have the responsibility to ensure accountability of their personnel. The UN does not have judicial authority.
The United Nations is following up closely with the Ghanaian authorities on information regarding its investigation and any other relevant actions." Yeah- really closely. We'll have more and this -- even as banned from entering the UN and asking question in person by Antonio "The Censor" Guterres, while publishing written answer in full.
On November 5 Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric quickly read out new allegations of UN sexual exploitation and abuse. No one in the room asked about the 24 alleged child rape (one late set of softball questions were lobbed); Dujarric said all the information, including for previous periods for comparison was in his office and immediately available to those he HASN'T had roughed up and banned from the UN: Dooj's Stooges. Inner City Press immediately emailed him, his deputy, Guterres' Global Censor Alison Smale, Amina J. Mohammed, Maria Luiza Viotti, Hua Jiang and others: "This is a request to immediately be emailed the UN sexual exploitation and abuse data rattled off in the noon briefing Inner City Press remains banned from, and reiterates UNSR David Kaye's 20 July 2018 question what is the appeals process for this ban, still not answered." The briefing ended with Dujarric joking with his softball interlocutor, to whom he'd said "Vannina in my office has more information," video here, presumably gone and returned Vannina Maestracci. But when Inner City Press emailed Dujarric and his deputy for this additional information, the deputy Farhan Haq sent no additional information, claiming "The data provided below is exactly  the same as the data shared with the accredited press.  For comparisons, please look at the Conduct and Discipline Unit website, which includes previous data." But that's only peacekeeper, not civilian staff information, much less UNSC authorized forces. What's the additional information that Dujarric said Maestracci has? From the past, before Dujarric and Guterres had Inner City Press roughed up and banned: one, two, three strikes and you're out. More than an hour after he read it out, and with none of the promised historical data, what Dujarric read was emailed to banned Inner City Press by Dujarric's deputy: "We have been giving you regular updates on cases of sexual exploitation and abuse in the UN system in line with the Secretary-General’s initiative on increasing transparency on these allegations. Today I have an update for the period 1 July to 30 September 2018. Please note that not all the allegations have been fully verified and many are in the preliminary assessment phase. During this period, the United Nations received 39 allegations involving UN personnel – 6 for peacekeeping and 33 from agencies, funds and programmes. We also received 25 allegations involving non-UN personnel working as implementing partners. There were no allegations pertaining to non-UN international forces authorized by Security Council mandate for this period.
The total allegations reported for this period is 64. 30 incidents allegedly took place in 2018; 7 in 2017; 2 in 2016; 6 in 2015 or before and the date is unknown for 19 allegations.
From the 64 allegations, there are 77 victims: 42 women, 24 girls (under the age of 18), 2 men and 1 boy (under the age of 18). The age of 8 victims is unknown. The categorization of the allegations against these 77 victims is 16 as sexual abuse, 55 as sexual exploitation, 4 unknown. Two (2) are categorized as others as they were unsubstantiated following investigation. The alleged perpetrators are 66 men, 1 woman, and 2 individuals whose gender is unknown.
Of the 39 allegations related to UN personnel, one was not substantiated, 22 are at various stages of investigation and 16 are under preliminary assessment to determine if there is sufficient information to investigate.
Of the 25 allegations relating to implementing partners, 2 have been substantiated through an investigation and the perpetrators were dismissed by the implementing partner. One allegation was not substantiated, 14 are at various stages of investigation, 7 are under preliminary assessment and 1 allegation was closed at the request of the victim.
The efforts to implement the Secretary-General’s strategy to combat sexual exploitation and abuse have continue to be strengthened. You’ll remember that on 27 September 2018, the Secretary-General issued a Collective Statement of the Members of his Circle of Leadership in which they reaffirmed their continued personal commitment as global leaders to support efforts to combat sexual exploitation and abuse across the United Nations system. As of today, that Statement has been endorsed by 49 Heads of State and Government and 22 Heads of United Nations entities. 72 global leaders have joined the Circle of Leadership. And also, 100 Member States are to this date signatories to the voluntary compact with the United Nations to eliminate sexual exploitation and abuse.
During this quarter, the electronic tool, “Clear Check” used for screening UN staff dismissed as a result of substantiated allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse, or who resigned or were separated during an investigation is on its way to be fully utilized system-wide." 
On October 24 - UN Day, and the 112th day Guterres has banned Inner City Press -- the UN data dumped at 11 am a rape charge against a UN Volunteer in DR Congo, as recent as August 2018. Photo here. But no one let into the UN noon briefing even asked about it, or any question about anything in Africa where the UN - and Guterres' son Pedro Guimarães e Melo De Oliveira Guterres - raise their money. Inner City Press asked before noon in writing: October 24-3: On sexual exploitation and abuse and the new rape charges against the UNV in MONUSCO put online an hour ago, please now provide all further if-asked information about these abuses, as for example you did when asked in person by those not banned from the briefing about the Nigerian peacekeeper(s)." More than an hour later, this from Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq: "Regarding question 24-3, we can say the following:

The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) has received an allegation of sexual abuse involving an International UN Volunteer (UNV). The allegation concerns two Congolese adult females and allegedly took place in Bunia in August 2018.
 
The matter is being investigated by the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) and the United Nations Volunteers Programme has been notified of the allegation and the ongoing investigation.
MONUSCO reports that the alleged victims were examined by a doctor at a local hospital on the day of the reported incident and further referred to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) for appropriate support, as per the UN’s Victim Assistance Protocol.
The protection of and assistance to victims is our top priority. The Mission will maintain contact with them and continue to monitor the situation." Nothing on the nationality, for example, of the alleged UN rapist - why not? Banned Inner City Press cannot ask, and no one else does. Guterres is a cover up artist. 
On October 18, the 107th day Guterres has banned Inner City Press from entering the UN - now on a secret banned list along with "political activists," see here, the UN mid afternoon data dumped another case of sexual exploitation by a Cameroonian "peacekeeper" in CAR, photo here. On October 19 Inner City Press, banned from the UN briefing for the 108th day, asked questions in writing including: "October 19-3: On sexual exploitation and abuse and the new charges against Cameroonian peacekeeper in CAR put online yesterday, please now provide all further if-asked information about these abuses, as for example you did when asked in person by those not banned from the briefing about the Nigerian peacekeeper(s)." Two hours after the briefing, at which none of those allowed into the briefing asked about this new sexual exploitation outrage, the UN sent Inner City Press this:  "Regarding question 19-3, we have the following information: The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has received a new allegation of sexual exploitation involving one member of the Cameroon military contingent deployed to the Mission. 
 The allegation refers to an exploitative relationship with one adult woman that allegedly took place in February 2018, resulting in pregnancy. The UN has informed the Member State of the allegation and has requested that a National Investigation Officer be appointed within five (5) working days. The UN has also requested for the investigation to be completed within the reduced 90-days timeframe. The alleged victim has been referred for assistance to humanitarian partners. The Mission will continue to monitor the victim needs, as well as provide any additional assistance such as the collection of DNA samples if requested to do so by the victim." 
Inner City Press contends the UN needs a new column or data point: if pregnancy resulted. How many more abuses by Cameroonian soldiers, both in and outside of that country, will Guterres put up with? On October 9, the 98th day Guterres has banned Inner City Press from entering the UN in any capacity, at 12:01 pm
as the noon briefing was to start, and banned Inner City Press' questions for the day had already been emailed in, the UN disclosed yet more sexual exploitation charges, against two Gabonese "peacekeepers" concerning three women - no age given - in the Central African Republic. And Dujarric didn't even bring it up in the briefing and no one whom Guterres allowed into "his" room asked about it. On October 5, the 94th day Guterres has banned Inner City Press from the UN, at 12:02 as the noon briefing started, and banned Inner City Press' questions for the day had already been emailed in, the UN disclosed yet more child rape charges, against four Mauritanian "peacekeepers" against three minors - no age given - in the Central African Republic. Tellingly, lead Spokesman Stephane Dujarric then gave the first question to Reuters which asked not about the UN's child rapes but whether Guterres, who is responsible for them, has a view on Brett Kavanaugh and women victims. Video here.



On October 3 the
UN disclosed a case of rape by "peacekeepers" from Cameroon, in the Central African Republic. Inner City Press, unable to attend the UN noon briefing at the order of Guterres or, Haq insisted, only Alison Smale, asked in writing: "October 4-1: On the specific new case of sexual abuse (rape) by a Cameroonian peacekeeper in CAR, please immediately provide Inner City Press all additional information in the possession of your Office, unlike what you did on Question October 2-1 which you have yet to respond to but provided answer(s) off camera to a pro-SG correspondent."

After the briefing - apparently Inner City Press only gets an answer if none of the pro-Guterres resident correspondents can be cajoled to ask -- this: "The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has received an allegation of rape of three adult women involving six unidentified members of the Cameroon military contingent deployed to the Mission.
This allegation refers to incidents that allegedly took place in April 2018.
Protection of and assistance to victims is our top priority. All alleged victims have received medical and psychosocial assistance from an international humanitarian partner, and the Mission continues to monitor their needs and will keep them informed of the status and progress of the matter.
The UN informed the Republic of Cameroon of the allegations on 28 September and has requested that a National Investigation Officer be appointed within five (5) working days, and for the investigation to be completed within the reduced 90-days timeframe."
So it was gang rape, recent, by soldiers of Cameroon for whom Guterres stands accused of covering up - this is what Guterres (or, sorry, Smale) wants to avoid being asked on camera and is willing to have the Press roughed up and banned in order to cover it up... While Inner City Press has repeatedly asked Guterres' spokesman about (lack of) vetting of Cameroon soldiers by the UN, not only have those and other questions not been answered - more recently, Guterres' deputy spokesman Farhan Haq refused to respond to Inner City Press' written question and gave the answer which may or may not be true to a pro-Guterres correspondent left in Guterres' briefing room. On October 1 his UN data dumped a case
sexual exploitation by a Nigerian UN Police in DR Congo - a case listed as "substantiated" but with little other information about any accountability. Inner City Press remains banned from the UN noon briefings to ask. Photo here.  On October 2 before the noon briefing Inner City Press asked Haq and Dujarric, Smale and Amina J. Mohammed, "October 2-1: In the Sexual Exploitation case of the UN Police from Nigeria in the DRC, put online after 5 pm yesterday, since it is listed as “substantiated” what actions for accountability have been taken?" No answer, but Haq took another, less specific correspondent off line, off camera, for a pro-UN answer, video of this scam, here. Meanwhile Guterres' lead spokesman Stephane Dujarric, who on camera on September 28 promised Inner City Press' written questions would be answered, has since blocked it on Twitter, here. On September 24, the 83rd day Guterrs had banned Inner City Press from the UN as a journalist and the first as simply a person who had RSVP-ed to an event about banks profiting from slavery, the UN data dumped two more abuses in CAR: "transactional" sex by a soldier from Niger, UNresponded to -- and child rape by one from Cameroon, Guterres' good friend. Zero tolerance indeed. On September 17, the 76th day
Guterres has banned Inner City Press from the UN with no hearing or appeal amid its reporting on his inaction on abuses by Cameroon's military, his UN in a data dump after 5 pm revealed a new case of sexual misconducted in the Central African Republic by a soldier from... Cameroon. Photo here; there were also complaints about soldiers from Niger and Congo Brazzaville, and one about a Burunian alleged child rapist from three days ago. On the morning of September 14, before the noon briefing Inner City Press was banned again by Guterres from attending, Inner City Press asked Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric in writing: "September 18-1: In the new sexual exploitation and abuses cases, please explain whether the “Congo (the)” cases, of exploitation and alleged rape of adult, are about the same suspect; explain why in one MINUSCA case payments have been suspended but not others (for example, not to the Cameroon suspect)." But five hours after the briefing, despite two promises by Guterres' Global Communicator Alison Smale that even banned, Inner City Press' written questions would be answered, there was no answer. This is not "zero tolerance" - it is stonewalling. On September 14, the 73rd day Guterres has banned Inner City Press from the UN with no hearing or appeal, his UN in a data dump after 6 pm on Friday revealed yet another case of alleged child rape, by a "peacekeeper" from Burundi in the Central African Republic. Inner City Press is banned from the noon briefing, where for three days in a row there has not been a single question about anything in Africa. Guterres is killing the UN - and covering up child rape. His "Victims Rights Advocate" Jane Connor said she would look into his censorship but ... nothing has been heard back from her. The UN now has a dictator who censors and brings those around him down to his Kafkaesque and secretive level. Zero tolerance, indeed. We'll have more on this. On July 18, even as Guterres read a speech about sustainable development in ECOSOC, his UN disclosed yet another case of sexual exploitation, by a Morocco "peacekeeper" in the Central African Republic. Inner City Press published a report on that one, and later noticed yet another case, against a Malawian peacekeeper in the DRC. On July 19 before a UN noon briefing from which Inner City Press was banned - and the UN Webcast of which had no audio, nearing the very definition of censorship - Inner City Press asked Haq, "Please provide all information on the new sexual exploitation and abuse cases put on UN website yesterday while SG spoke to HLPF. What is the stage of investigation(s)?" The question was plural - but Haq only replied about the second of the two cases, the Maliwian: "Regarding your first question, we have the following information:
The UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, MONUSCO, has received one new allegation of sexual exploitation involving a member of the Malawian military contingent formerly deployed to the Mission. 
The allegation refers to transactional sex with an adult woman that allegedly took place in March 2016, resulting in the birth of a child.
The UN has informed the Member State of the allegation and has requested that a National Investigation Officer be appointed within five (5) working days, and for the investigation to be completed within the reduced 90-days timeframe.
The alleged victim and her child have been referred to UNFPA for appropriate support and assistance. The Mission will continue to monitor their needs, as well as provide any additional assistance such as the collection of DNA samples if requested to do so by the victim."

What about Morocco? And audio? Inner City Press has asked. On July 11 there were two more sets of cases, both in the Central African Republic, photo here: one by a peacekeeper from The (Republic of the) Congo and another by a peacekeeper from Morocco, which chairs the UN Peacebuilding configuration on CAR. This comes has the UN has banned Inner City Press from entering the UN and asking questions, Fox News story here, GAP blogs I and II, Independent here, since it was physically ousted while covering the UN Peacekeeping budget on July 3. Morocco state media, by contrast, are given by the UN of Antonio Guterres and Alison Smale multiple offices and full access. Without access, Inner City Press sat in the sun on First Avenue and emailed in six questions, two of which have been answered including this "if-asked" on the UN's trends of sexual exploitation abuse. Inner City Press' question on this: "On the two new sexual exploitation and abuse cases put on the UN's website last night, what was the age of the victims and what is the response of the TCC (Morocco and Congo-Brazzaville) and each's past record in holding accusees accountable?" UN's if-asked answer: "regarding your first question below, we have the following information:
    The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has received two reports of sexual exploitation and abuse.
    The first allegation involves thirteen (13) members of the military contingent from the Republic of the Congo, previously deployed to the mission. Military contingents of the Republic of Congo left MINUSCA in early 2017.
    The allegation refers to exploitative relationships with eleven (11) adult women that are alleged to have taken place between 2015 and 2017, resulting in pregnancies and the birth of ten (10) children.
    The UN has informed the Member State of the allegation and has requested that a National Investigation Officer be appointed within five (5) working days, and for the investigation to be completed within the reduced 90-days timeframe.
    The Field Victim Rights Advocate (VRA) immediately referred all alleged victims for appropriate services. The Mission will continue to monitor the situation and stands available to provide any assistance in the future if requested to do so by the victims.
    The second allegation involves a  member of the military contingent from Morocco, previously deployed to the mission.
        The allegation refers to an exploitative relationship with an adult woman that allegedly took place between July and August 2016, resulting in the birth of a child.
        The TCC has informed that national investigation officers, already present in the mission area, will conduct an investigation into this allegation jointly with OIOS. The UN has requested for the investigation to be completed within the reduced 90-days timeframe.
        The Field Victim Rights Advocate (VRA) has referred the alleged victim to UNFPA for appropriate services. The Mission will continue to monitor the situation and stands available to provide any assistance in the future if requested to do so by the victim."
Inner City Press has also asked, among other things, "1) why is this UN investigation of the ouster of a journalist taking so long, and being limited to only the latter of two “incidents” and not taking into account Lt Dobbins' motive and my June 25 notification to Guterres and Smale? Didn't the Deputy Spokesman call me a “repeat offender” and cite June 22? Why have I still not been given a copy of “my statement, much less those of Lt Dobbins, ASG Saunders and the UNnamed July 3 officer who tore my shirt and twisted my arm? Is this a cover up of retaliation, and of the SG and his team's knowledge?

2) why am I banned during this investigation so that I cannot enter and ask any questions? Who made that decision and why has it not been reversed given the video of the incident, questions raised by the Government Accountability Project, etc?" We'll have more on this.
On June 18, the UN disclosed yet another case of child rape - alleged child rape - by a UN Peacekeeper from Tanzania, in the DR Congo. Photo here. On June 19, Inner City Press asked UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric about the case and only then was it revealed that this UN child rape resulted in the birth of a child. From the UN transcript: Inner City Press: there's a new case of… in this case, it's listed as child rape, was disclosed by the UN yesterday, a Tanzanian peacekeeper in MONUSCO [United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo], DRC.  And all it said is everything is pending.  It seems like… this seems like a pretty serious charge.  And so I'm wondering, what can… what more can you say about this?  When… when did the UN learn of it?  Where is the person?

Spokesman:  What I have, the information that I was given is that the UN Mission in the DRC received allegations of sexual abuse involving a member of the Tanzania military contingent deployed to the Mission in June 2014 and '15.  The allegation refers to sexual abuse on a minor, aged 17 at the time, an incident which occurred sometime between '14 and '15, resulting in the birth of a child.  The UN has informed the Member State of the allegations, has requested the National Investigative Officer be appointed within five working days, as the procedure is, and that the investigation be completed within the reduced 90-day time frame.  The alleged victim and her child have been referred to UNFPA [United Nations Population Fund] for appropriate support and assistance.  The Mission will continue to monitor their needs, as well as provide any additional assistance, such as the collection of DNA samples if [requested] to do so by the victim.

Inner City Press: Andthe accused, has he remained deployed in MONUSCO during that time?  What's the information on that?

Spokesman:  My understanding is that he was deployed between 2014 and '15, so that person is no longer deployed on the ground." Minutes later Inner City Press asked the UN's Special Representative on Sexual Violence and Conflict Pramila Patten about the case and she said it it not part of her Office, since Guterres has other officials on victim's issues and, as said before, Jane Holl Lute. But what is wrong with the UN?
Earlier on June 18 Inner City Press asked the head of UN Police in South Sudan about the sexual exploitation by the Ghana contingent in Wau, and it is still unclear what punishment, if any, those found involved by the UN's OIOS face.
Inner City Press was unable to live stream this Q&A:
Inner City Press' livestream Periscope account has been suspended by Twitter for showing UN reacting to the World Cup and a screen installed by the Russian Mission to the UN. But the above, though Inner City Press was unable to Periscope it, is what was said. On June 12, the UN disclosed yet another sexual exploitation complaint, this time against a peacekeeper from Morocco, in the Central African Republic where so many of the UN's abuses have occurred. But there are also recently disclosed cases involving peacekeepers from Tanzania and Malawi, in the DC Congo. On June 13, Inner City Press asked Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric, UN transcript here, Inner City Press: on sexual abuse.  Okay.  Some new cases have been disclosed.  And that's all… again, it's all to the good to be disclosing, but I did want to ask, it's a little unclear to me, because, in a category called "investigation", the most recent one involves a Moroccan peacekeeper, and it says investigation by TCC [troop-contributing country] and OIOS [Office of Internal Oversight Services].  And then ones that seem to be… have been earlier disclosed or have taken place earlier under investigation it just says "pending".  Does that mean there's no investigation yet taking place or is there some…?

Spokesman:  I think it depends on the case.  Thank you." That is not transparent.
On May 22 at 5:30 pm, the UN disclosed a rape allegation against one of its civilian contractors in Mali, in the MINUSMA mission in 2018. The Office of Internal Oversight Services, whose director has declined Press requests to take questions about OIOS' procedures, is the one investigating it. But why isn't it a crime subject to real prosecution by Mali? After UNclear answers on May 25, below, on May 30 after Guterres' two days in Mali Inner City Press asked his lead spokesman Stephane Dujarric, video here, UN transcript here: Inner City Press: a UN contractor in Mali, is alleged to have engaged in… in child rape, so I wanted to know, particularly since the Secretary-General was just there.  It was unclear to me last week from Farhan [Haq]'s answer whether this individual can be, and will be, prosecuted by the Malian authorities, and I guess my question would be is this a case in which the UN would waive immunity that… that may or may not apply to the contractor or, if none applies, has the person been… been apprehended?

Spokesman:  The investigation I think is ongoing from what I have.  And they're being investigated by the OIOS.  As a matter of principle, the Secretary-General has always said he would waive immunity in cases of sexual abuse.

Inner City Press: Did he look into this case while… during the two days he's been there?

Spokesman:  I don't have any update...
Inner City Press: One more question.

Spokesman:  No.  Thank you."
Dujarric canceled the May 31 UN noon briefing, in exchange for Guterres taking a few (pre-selected?) questions at 5 pm. The UN is increasingly UNtransparent.
Inner City Press asked Haq on May 25, UN transcript here: Inner City Press: an additional case of child rape by a civilian contractor of the UN in Mali, and unlike for military personnel, it doesn't disclose, one the nationality, and two it's a pretty serious charge, and the Secretary-General is obviously going there for the Day of the Peacekeepers, so I wanted to know what's the nationality of the contractor?  How did the UN become aware of this?  And what… in the serious instance of alleged child rape, what is the UN going to do about it?

Deputy Spokesman:  I don't have the nationality to share with you.  What I can say is that MINUSMA has received a report of sexual abuse involving a national civilian contractor, so this… I assume from that what the nationality is, but it says it involves a national civilian contractor.  The allegations refer to the rape of a female minor, resulting in her pregnancy.  The incident allegedly took place at an unspecified date in 2018.  Ensuring the provision of assistance to the victims is our priority.  The victim has been referred to UNICEF [United Nations Children’s Fund] and an NGO [non-governmental organization] partner for appropriate medical, psychosocial, and legal support.  The Mission also stands ready to provide additional assistance as needed and the allegation is currently being investigated by the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS).

Inner City Press:  If, in fact, the contractor is Malian and the victim is Malian, why wouldn't… why would not this be a criminal matter for actual prosecution in Mali?  Is the person given immunity simply by being a UN contractor?  What is it… like, for example, what was this person doing for the UN…?

Deputy Spokesman:  You would have to ask the Malian authorities whether there's any criminal prosecution being followed up in that case.  That is a matter between the contractor and the Government of Mali.  I've given you the details on our side.

Inner City Press: But what was the contractor doing?  You say he's a contractor, just to understand a little bit better how someone could get immunity for child rape, what services were their performing for the UN?

Deputy Spokesman:  I didn't say that any… first of all, there's not immunity for crimes that are committed.  Second of all, I didn't say that immunity was in play.

Inner City Press: Is it immunity from local prosecution?  [Inaudible]… rape by the UN…

Deputy Spokesman:  Again, you would have to ask… no, it's not by the UN.   Like I said, it's by a national contractor.  Second of all, you would have to check with the Malian authorities whether they are following up with criminal charges." The "inaudible" was a correspondent often used by the UN for this purpose trying to cut off the follow up on UN child rape with an unrelated question. We'll have more on this. 
On May 17 at 12:30 pm, just after the day's UN noon briefing ended (Inner City Press asked about UN sexual harassment in India, and about Vienna), the UN disclosed yet another case,
of sexual exploitation by a South African peacekeeper in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the November 2017 time frame, photo here. On May 4, the UN at 5:30 pm disclosed another case, of sexual exploitation by a South African peacekeeper in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, photo here. Minutes after the UN put that case online, Inner City Press asked three UN spokespeople, "on the new Sexual Exploitation case put on the UN website at 5:30 pm on Friday, can you explain why these cases, involving South African contingent in MONUSCO, were unknown or undisclosed so long?" Deputy Spokesman Farhaq Haq replied, "We received the new allegations yesterday and have asked for national investigation officers to be appointed within an expedited five day timeframe." This comes after on May 2, the UN after 6 pm disclosed yet another case, of alleged sexual exploitation in the DR Congo by a South African peacekeeper. And then another, of sexual assault by a South African Military Observer, in April 2018, here. Inner City Press is quoted here, that the UN is a joke on this, no one is held accountable. True to form, on May 2 Inner City Press was informed there is still no outcome from the loudly announced investigation of sexual exploitation by Ghana UN Police in Wau, South Sudan. On May 1, Guterres' Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq read out a disclosure on sexual abuse and exploitation cases (distinguished by the UN from sexual harassment, the term they use whenever a UN staff member is the victim), and Inner City Press is near-immediately publishing it in full: "Today, I want to give you an update on cases of sexual exploitation and abuse in the UN system, in line with the Secretary-General’s initiative on increasing transparency on these allegations.

"For the first three months of this year, from 1 January to 31 March 2018, we have received 54 allegations for all UN entities and implementing partners. Not all allegations have been fully verified, and many are in the preliminary assessment phase.

"Out of the 54 allegations, 14 are reported from peacekeeping operations and 18 from agencies, funds and programmes. 21 allegations relate to implementing partners and 1 to a member of a non-UN international force.

"Of the 54 allegations, 17 are categorized as sexual abuse, 34 as sexual exploitation, and 3 are of an unknown nature.
The allegations involve 66 victims – including 13 girls (under the age of 18) and 16 victims whose age remains unknown.

"With regard to the status of the allegations, 2 have been substantiated by an investigation; 2 were not substantiated; 21 are at various stages of investigation; 27 are under preliminary assessment; and 1 investigation’s result is under review.

"With over 95,000 civilians and 90,000 uniformed personnel working for the UN, sexual exploitation and abuse are not reflective of the conduct of the majority of the dedicated women and men who serve the Organization. But every allegation involving our personnel undermines our values and principles and the sacrifice of those who serve with pride and professionalism in some of the most dangerous places in the world. For this reason, combating this scourge, and helping and empowering those who have been scarred by these egregious acts, continue to be key priorities for the Secretary-General in 2018." After this read out, Inner City Press asked again from the UN "nomenclature" for child rape, which has still not been provided. On April 30 the Guardian's  Rebecca Ratcliffe reports that "Miriam Maluwa, who has worked for the UN for more than 25 years, was placed on administrative leave from her post as country director for UNAids in Ethiopia on 27 March." On April 30, Inner City Press asked Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric about Maluwa and more about the Luiz Loures case, and WFP in Fiji. Video here. From the UN transcript: Inner City Press:  at UNAIDS [Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS], one of the complainants against Luiz Loures has been suspended from heading the Ethiopia office of UNAIDS and told not to go back into the office.  Many people see it as exactly the retaliation that was promised in Mr. [Michel] Sidibé’s speech to staff, saying that he will investigate all accusers.  What does António Guterres think of this suspension?

Spokesman:  We're aware of the issue.  Our understanding is that this is completely unrelated, but questions should be directed at UNAIDS.

Inner City Press: And also, just, I guess, in terms of the… the extent of this problem within the UN system, over the weekend, it emerged and I'm wondering if you can… will confirm and have… if he has anything to say on it, that there are sexual harassment complaints about… in Fiji on… at UN World Food Programme (WFP).  And have the staff been suspended?  And does the Secretary-General believe that, in such cases, staff should be suspended?  And what's the timeline for an investigation?

Spokesman:  My understanding is that WFP's fully aware and is starting the procedures.  I think WFP, under the leadership of the new Executive Director, has been extremely forward-leaning on these issues.  They will handle them according to procedures.  I'm not going to get into detail, because I'm not aware of the details in the investigation.

Inner City Press: 
But is there a UN-wide policy under António Guterres of suspending… suspending pending investigation…?

Spokesman:  I think each case… I think cases vary.  One of the things that we're looking at the CEB is, obviously, some harmonization and understanding across the system.  But, obviously, each… especially when it comes to specialized agencies have their own governing body and their own rules and regulations... 

Inner City Press: just one more on UNAIDS, and then I have some other stuff, but I'm sure you've seen that… that Ms. [Cristina] Brostrom, the… the alleged victim in the Luiz Loures case has written to say that she entirely rejects the re-opening and has no confidence in it.  I'm just wondering, is there a UN response?  She's also said…

Spokesman:  Well, I think… go ahead.

Inner City Press: No, no.  She's said that a toothless UN investigation could impact her ability to pursue the case outside of the system, so she act… is actively requesting that this not take place and views it as a cover-up.  What's your response?

Spokesman:  Well, I think my response is in what I just read, which is — and I'll read it again — that the complainant called for an investigation to be conducted by an external independent investigation entity outside of the UN.  The General Assembly, as you know, has mandated OIOS to have operational independence to conduct investigations.  OIOS has been requested to conduct it and re-open the investigation by WHO.  They've agreed to do so.  I think we are all hoping that… we all want to see what comes out of this re-opened investigation." The UN is failing.
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n April 16, mid growing requests for Sidibe to resign, Inner City Press asked Guterres' led spokesman Stephane Dujarric, who reiterated Guterres has full confidence in Sidibe. So much for zero tolerance. Video here, UN transcript here: Inner City Press:  I wanted to ask you about UNAIDS.  As I'm sure you've seen, a number of… a number of groups have asked for an investigation, but the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which does work on AIDS in 39 countries, has reportedly written to António Guterres asking that Mr. [Michel] Sidibé step down in light of his alleged retaliation against staff, in light of a staff member having, in 2015, told him that Luiz Loures was a sexual predator.  And I'm wondering, what does the Secretary-General think now that… that… basically, it doesn't seem that Mr. Sidibé is going to self-resign.  What does he make of… of a member of the…?

Spokesman:  I think it’s always important to hear from our partners.  Mr. Sidibé continues to have the confidence of the Secretary-General.

Inner City Press: And… and the investigation [inaudible] of Luiz Loures meets António Guterres' standards of zero tolerance…?

Spokesman:  I think we've spoken about the investigation."
On March 29
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hen Inner City Press audibly asked Guterres, if he had even yet spoken to Sidibe, Guterres did not answer. Vine video here. Present was Guterres' Global Communicator Alison Smale, who orders UN staff to "speak with one voice" - hers - on allegations of sexual harassment. She has continued to restrict Inner City Press, declining for monthes to even answer what the rules are. Inner City Press has been receiving detailed complaints about mismanagement and harassment in UNAIDS, but the UN refuses to answer. So below are some more of the complaints. Tellingly, the day after Guterres refused Inner City Press' question about UNAIDS, here are Loures' victims speaking publicly, in their own names:  Martina Brostrom,
a policy advisor at UNAIDS, said of Loures at a conference in Bangkok, Thailand in 2015: "I was pleading with him, and I was just bracing with all that I could just to not leave the elevator."  Guterres? No answer - and no action. Where is Guterres on this? Where is Guterres? Malayah Harper, who used to run UNAIDS' programs in Uganda and Kenya, on Loures a year earlier, also at a hotel: "He got into the lift with me, and then kind of lunged forward to -- you could call it -- kiss me, but I thought a kiss had to be consensual." We'll have more on this, and on retaliation. Some more of the complaints exclusively published by Inner City Press: "Michel Sidibé has established this 'boys club' culture where qualified women are made to feel less worthy, are openly ridiculed by male colleagues except those women who are providing favors to him and his 'boys,' he continues to give perks to his boys who serve as his connectors to presidents, prime ministers etc by appointing them to important positions as well as even when they retired bridging them back on special assignments for them to make easy money. People such as Fritz Lherisson, Georges Shaw and more recently Abdoul Dieng." There are the Mali connections, beyond what Inner City Press reported about Burundi on March 23, here: "Ben Wahab - A Malian recently appointed as UNAIDS Country Director for Burundi with no country level and no management experience. He came in as a P4 Adviser and very quickly in 3 years he rose to his present position of UNAIDS Country Director.... Theresa Poirier, a Malian Canadian,  UNAIDS Country Director for Malawi .Also a relatively new comer to UNAIDS appointed by Michel as Director in Mali and now serving in Malawi as UNAIDS Country Director... Fode Simanga a Malian serving as senior adviser in Geneva but graded at Director level... Dado SY Kagnsssy a Malian before UNAIDS Country Director for Djibouti, very little experience,non articulative  and a fairly new comer to UNAIDS who was appointed to this position whilst many longer serving staff members are over looked and now posted to Guinea as UNAIDS Country Director.. Amakonde Sande (moved from consultant to P4 in short order to  P5 as UNAIDS Country Director in Malawi and then sent to Uganda  a D1 position where she stayed only for 3 months only to be appointed to China as UNAIDS Country Director... Bridgitte Quenum recently appointed as UNAIDS Country Director but she has no leadership, management experience and was appointed over other more senior  persons. It is reputed that her family is/was a great friend of Michel Sidibe and that is how she entered UNAIDS and now gained this distinguished position." But note - not only has Antonio Guterres bragged recently that now at the UN "we have some Portuguese things" - he also has his own hiring and traveling patterns.

As to UNAIDS and Sidibe, there is talk of mining business; there are harassment complaints and findings that Sidibé refuses to act on.  Of Girmay Haile, the current UNAIDS country director in Zimbabwe, whistleblowers tell Inner City Press that a recent internal investigation came unanimously to the conclusion of severe bullying and intimidation just two weeks ago - but Sidibé has refused to move him. This followed a previous investigation against Girmay Haile Girmay HaileGirmay HaileGirmay Hailein Kenya; Sidibe refused the recommendation of the internal team and promoted him to country director Ghana. Girmay Haile has reportedly said he knows too much and if he falls they all fall. We shall see.