Waive /Stop Diplomatic Immunity in Cases of Sexual harassment and Abuse

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Very recently 2 Sudanese diplomats in New York have been arrested sexual harassment of woman in public.

 The first Diplomat Mohammad Abdalla Ali, a Sudanese was arrested following a subway incident 'grinding against a woman on the subway' in Jan 2017 

Ali was arrested at the scene after the 38-year-old woman complained. But after he showed his diplomatic credentials, detectives were forced to release him.The second  more recently Hassen Salih 36 member Sudanese Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York was arrested for groping woman in New York bar. Salih pulled the diplomatic immunity card, and was allowed to go free after investigators confirmed he works for the Sudanese mission to the United Nations, the sources said.

Both walked free because of their diplomatic immunity! Diplomatic immunity protects envoys from arrest in host countries, often leaving local law enforcement in a lurch.

“It happens all the time. Diplomats assault women and then they claim diplomatic immunity and they are let  go.

Only the government sponsoring the diplomat can waive his or her immunity, but countries often call their functionaries home if they get into trouble here

Sexual harassment /abuse is a crime! It can have very serious consequences both for the victim and their families. The effect on the morale of all victims can serious. Both men and women can find their lived disrupted by sexual harassment even if they are not directly involved.  Sexual harassment can have a demoralizing effect on everyone within range of it, and it often negatively impacts the society  on the whole.

The Standards of conduct for the international civil service state that:

“Harassment in any shape or form is an affront to human dignity and international civil servants must avoid it. They should not engage in any form of harassment and must be above suspicion of it.” 

UN Ethics States  Sexual exploitation and sexual abuse violate universally recognized international legal norms and standards and have always been unacceptable behaviour and prohibited conduct for United Nations staff. Such conduct is prohibited by the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules.

Section 3

Prohibition of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse

3.1​Sexual exploitation and sexual abuse violate universally recognized international legal norms and standards and have always been unacceptable behaviour and prohibited conduct for United Nations staff. Such conduct is prohibited by the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules.
3.2​In order to further protect the most vulnerable populations, especially women and children, the following specific standards which reiterate existing general obligations under the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules, are promulgated:
​(a)​Sexual exploitation and sexual abuse constitute acts of serious misconduct and are therefore grounds for disciplinary measures, including summary dismissal;

3.3​The standards set out above are not intended to be an exhaustive list. Other types of sexually exploitive or sexually abusive behaviour may be grounds for administrative action or disciplinary measures, including summary dismissal, pursuant to the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules.

Section 5
Referral to national authorities

​If, after proper investigation, there is evidence to support allegations of sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, these cases may, upon consultation with the Office of Legal Affairs, be referred to national authorities for criminal prosecution.


 Thus, we the people of the world We call on both the President and UN Secretary  to take firm action. To withdraw the immunity in such cases to implement the stated Rules and regulations and make the world a safer place. 

 



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