It’s time for the United Nations to protect its Own Whistleblowers

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It’s Time for the United Nations to protect its Own Whistleblowers.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay said on Friday 12 July that “…national legal systems must ensure that there are adequate avenues for individuals disclosing violations of human rights to express their concern without fear of reprisals.” She said this in regard to the case of US whistleblower Edward Snowden. 

But what is the record of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights itself, and indeed of the whole UN Organization in this regard?

The numerous cases brought to the attention of UNJustice indicate that UN whistleblowers are routinely harassed, persecuted, discriminated against and slandered, and they end by losing their careers due to a dysfunctional UN justice system.

UN oversight bodies too often fail to investigate claims made by staff members concerning corruption, fraud and other violations of internal rules. The UN Ethics Office, which has been created in 2005 precisely to protect whistleblowers, has failed to address 97.3% of the complaints it has received related to retaliation for reporting misconduct.

There is no proper accountability and effective whistleblower protection at the United Nations. This is in flagrant contradiction with the Organization’s internal rules. 

The UN Disputes Tribunal has even stated in July 2013: “…the Tribunal is not aware that any of its referrals for accountability has received any attention”.

Help us build a more effective and credible United Nations Organization by signing this petition calling on the United Nations to ensure that:

•UN Whistle blowers are effectively protected and their complaints are always thoroughly investigated; 

•An adequate mechanism is established by the UN Human Rights Council with the mandate to periodically review the situation of human rights within the United Nations Organization, and to submit the recommendations needed to ensure that the UN system respects the rule of law and human rights.

Thank you for your support,


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