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Tuesday, January 19, 2016
UN clears whistleblower for leaking information about child sex abuse by French soldiers
THE United Nations has cleared a whistleblower who leaked information to French authorities about a UN investigation into accusations that French soldiers had sexually abused children.
UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said the Office of Internal Oversight Services had written to Anders Kompass confirming “the cases against him are now closed."
Kompass was under investigation after reportedly blowing the lid on accusations French soldiers sexually assaulted children they were supposed to protect in Central African Republic.
UN officials accused Kompass, a Swede who was the operations director for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, of breaching policy by not redacting the children's names.
He was suspended in April 2015 and reinstated a month later by the UN Dispute Tribunal, but still faced an internal investigation.
Last month, Kompass was exonerated by an independent panel appointed to review the UN’s handling of the 2014 allegations.
The panel, led by Canadian judge Marie Deschamps, said the UN’s "gross institutional failure" to act on allegations that French and other peacekeepers sexually abused children in Central African Republic led to even more assaults.
It dismissed the argument that Kompass breached UN policy but found the former head of the UN internal watchdog, Carmen La Pointe, abused her authority by improperly opening an investigation of Kompass in response to the "single-minded determination" of the UN’s human rights chief, Zeid Raad al-Hussein.
The panel said if the concerns about redacting the names and protecting the children from possible reprisals were real, the UN would have acted to offer protection.
But it said: ”Instead, no one took any steps whatsoever to locate the children.”
Mr Haq, the UN spokesman said that "we continue to see what we can learn from this and how we can do better."
He said: "The secretary-general believes that all staff should be encouraged to come forward.”
He added the fact that Kompass was cleared by the internal justice system "is a sign that we hope staff take to heart, that the internal justice system does, in fact, work."
France is still investigating the allegations against its soldiers.