Leaked Internal Report: Top UNRWA Officials Accused of Sexual Misconduct, Corruption

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 7/30/2019 | Vijeta Uniyal
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A leaked internal report implicated top officials from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in a major corruption scandal including sex crimes and abuse of power. The UN agency’s ethics office described the charges as “an extremely grave and significant reputational, operational and security risk to the agency.”

The senior UNRWA officials were involved in “sexual misconduct, nepotism, retaliation, discrimination and other abuses of authority, for personal gain, to suppress legitimate dissent, and to otherwise achieve their personal objectives,” copy of the report obtained by the AFP news agency said.

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In 2016, the Obama administration allocated $360 million to the agency, nearly a third of its billion-dollar budget.

That changed when President Donald Trump took office. The revelations are a vindication for President Donald Trump, who ended hundreds of millions of dollars worth of annual aid going to UNRWA. Trump’s State Department described the UN agency as “irredeemably flawed” while announcing its decision last August. Trump drastically slashed the budget in his first year in office before ultimately ending the aid the following year.

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“This is Exactly why we stopped their funding,” former U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, wrote on Twitter.

The news outlet Times of Israel reported the details of the ongoing investigations:

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An internal ethics report has alleged mismanagement and abuses of authority at the highest levels of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees even as the organization faced an unprecedented crisis after US funding cuts.

The allegations included in the confidential report by the agency’s ethics department are now being scrutinized by UN investigators.

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The agency — the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) — said it is cooperating fully with the investigation and that it cannot comment in detail because the probe is ongoing.

AFP has obtained a copy of the report, which describes “credible and corroborated”...
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