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Whistleblowers penalized by the UN must investigate allegations of sexual abuse: shocking revelations in a documentary

A new documentary claims that UN workers have been fired after reporting allegations of sexual abuse by colleagues because the organization is “corrupted by corruption”.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has been called on to form an impartial panel to investigate allegations that some women were “accosted and raped”.

He was also asked to tackle a culture in which senior managers would be protected from complaints filed through official channels.

BBC documentary ‘The Whistleblowers: Inside the UN’ explores allegations of sexual abuse, cover-up of management misconduct and corruption.

Whistleblower Peter Gallo said in the documentary: “I worked as an investigator at the UN headquarters in New York for four years. And as a result of this encounter, I am convinced that corruption permeates all levels of the ‘organization.”

He described a case in which a senior employee expressed concern in a meeting after a co-worker approached him sobbing and accused him of sexual assault. According to Mr Gallo, the complaints were dropped because the accused was “a favorite son”.

Purna Sen stepped down as the organization’s spokesperson on harassment, assault and discrimination in the summer of 2020 after learning that her position would not be extended.

She claimed that there were UN employees who had been “approached, approached and raped”. She remarked that “the longer they kept doing it,” the more men would be allowed to get away with it.

Senior managers are exempt from all national laws under the protected legal status of the UN. However, this immunity is void if used for personal purposes by staff members.

A third of workers said they had been victims of sexual harassment:

Sen claimed in the documentary that while an “astonishing” third of UN employees said they had experienced sexual harassment at work, the vast majority of incidents went unreported.

The BBC documentary claims employees who tried to report the allegations faced consequences, with some being fired.

According to the UN secretary-general’s office, “sanctioning any staff member, junior or senior, found guilty of sexual harassment” remains a top priority.

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