Roger L. Simon

Whistle-Blowing at the UN?

Not a very good prospect according to this National Journal article:

But the United Nations isn’t an American bureaucracy, and it has its own ways of dealing with whistle-blowers. Mostly, it fires them. Almost all U.N. staff members work under contracts of two years or less, and they carry no legal assurance of renewal. An angry supervisor need only wait for the rebellious staff member’s contract to lapse, and then not renew it. And although a supervisor’s retaliation for whistle-blowing is officially prohibited under U.N. rules, enforcement comes only in the form of penalties against the offending supervisor — not job reinstatement forthe whistle-blower.

The article has some interesting sad stories about the Kofi-ocracy. [Are you going to talk about transparency again?-ed. No, I promise, I promise.]

(hat tip: Catherine Johnson – I hope you bought her book already. It’s terrific.)