I recently became aware that crimes in human sex trafficking were committed by United Nations peacekeepers in post-war Bosnia. This is unfathomable and must be addressed!
As a physician, I recognize the tremendous physical, psychological, and human rights violations involved in the international crime of human trafficking. I recently viewed The Whistleblower (http://www.thewhistleblower-movie.com), an excellent film that graphically and accurately shows the nature of trafficking in Bosnia in the aftermath of conflict. The film is based on the story of Kathryn Bolkovac, a former Nebraska police officer who left to serve as a UN peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia through private military contractor DynCorp. Her investigations in Bosnia revealed that fellow officers – all of whom worked for the UN and U. S. State Department - were not only clients of a hideous sex trafficking ring, but were complicit in the criminal activities. Bolkovac won a lawsuit against DynCorp for being unfairly dismissed. However, to date the UN has not officially investigated and held accountable the UN peacekeepers involve in these crimes, apologized for these crimes in human sex trafficking committed by UN peacekeepers in Bosnia, nor provided guarantees that there will be no repetition of such crimes by UN peacekeepers – at home or abroad.
Please see the following New York Times article for more information, and the concern for other abuses by UN peacekeepers: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/08/world/08nations.html?pagewanted=all
I support the existence of a United Nations – full of integrity, responsibility, and upholding human rights at home and abroad. This petition is a step toward guaranteeing that the United Nations will serve the high purpose to which it is called, or at least – in “doctor-speak” – do no harm.
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