Friday, October 29, 2004

Hot times at the United Nations!

It's not just about greasy lying bureacrats with bad teeth! There's apparently a lot of steam just under the surface - UN's Annan in new scandal after clearing sex harassment official:
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan was embroiled in a new scandal after it emerged that he cleared a top official of sexual harassment despite an internal enquiry which backed the victim's claims.

Annan cleared Ruud Lubbers in July after a woman on his staff claimed she had been groped by the ageing former Dutch prime minister, who has been the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva since 2001.

However, red-faced UN officials admitted on Thursday that an investigation by the watchdog Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) had backed the unnamed woman's allegations in a report to Annan.
In an ironic twist, the news about Lubbers broke as the UN Security Council was discussing a report from Annan that denounced the world's "collective failure" to prevent violence against women.
More details and more hijinks by following the link. Now I understand all the rumors about Bill Clinton wanting to be Secretary General!