Saturday, August 01, 2015
"UN paid millions to Russian aviation firm since learning of sex attack on girl"
U.K. Guardian reporters, Paul Lewis in Washington, Oliver Laughland in New York and Roger Hamilton-Martin in London, combined to report on this:
"The disclosures come at a critical moment for the UN secretary general, who has struggled to contain the fallout from recent revelations concerning the sexual abuse of children by French and other peacekeeping troops in the neighbouring Central African Republic.
Last month Ban, who argues the UN has a 'zero-tolerance' policy toward sexual exploitation, ordered an independent review of the case involving French peacekeepers and wider problems with dealing with sexual abuse, an issue that has plagued the UN for decades.
He will now be forced to explain how a company implicated in sexual exploitation managed to expand its contracts with the UN.
'It wasn’t just one or two bad apples,' said a senior UN official familiar with the report and its fallout. 'It was clear the problems of sexual exploitation were wider.'"