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May 21, 2009

Outspoken "Human Rights" Organization Turns Out to Be a Bastion of Sexual Harassers

This story won't surprise anyone who has worked with or in the United Nations. The mostly infamous "peace" organization is fairly well-known for its culture of sexual abuse. I have friends from public policy school who worked there and bailed immediately after being subject to unwanted advances from superiors.

Part of the problem, as described in the the Wall Street Journal page one article linked above, is that there was no way to make a complaint that would be taken seriously.

Many U.N. workers who have made or faced accusations of sexual harassment say the current system for handling complaints is arbitrary, unfair and mired in bureaucracy. One employee's complaint that she was sexually harassed for years by her supervisor in Gaza, for example, was investigated by one of her boss's colleagues, who cleared him.

Cases can take years to adjudicate. Accusers have no access to investigative reports. Several women who complained of harassment say their employment contracts weren't renewed, and the men they accused retired or resigned, putting them out of reach of the U.N. justice system.

But that's not the whole story. The U.N. ranks are largely composed of non-Americans (in fact, Americans are routinely discriminated against within the U.N.). They simply do not share American distaste for sexual harassment and they have no desire to see that it ends.

So why should we have anything to do with the U.N.? It protects sexual harassers and tyrants. It coddles terrorists like Arafat. And everywhere its "peacekeepers" go, a bunch of women and children end up getting raped. Get rid of it already!


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