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Swedish UN whistleblower vindicated

Published torsdag 17 december 2015 kl 20.59
Canadian judge Marie Deschamps, chair of the Independent Review Panel on UN Response to Allegations of Sexual Abuse by Foreign Military Forces in the Central African Republic, speaks during a news conference at the United Nations, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. The United Nations' 'gross institutional failure' to act on allegations that French and other peacekeepers sexually abused children in the Central African Republic led to even more assaults, according to a new report released Thursday. Photo: AP Photo/ TT / Richard Drew
Canadian judge Marie Deschamps, chair of the Independent Review Panel on UN Response to Allegations of Sexual Abuse by Foreign Military Forces in the Central African Republic, speaks during a news conference at the United Nations, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. The United Nations' 'gross institutional failure' to act on allegations that French and other peacekeepers sexually abused children in the Central African Republic led to even more assaults, according to a new report released Thursday. Photo: AP Photo/ TT / Richard Drew

An independent panel at the United Nations has cleared the U.N. whistleblower Anders Kompass, who leaked a confidential report detailing the sexual abuse of children by peacekeepers in the Central African Republic, of wrongdoing, Foreign Policy reported Thursday.

U.N. leadership had charged that the Swedish diplomat had put the lives of child victims in danger by leaking information, including the names of the children, about the abuses to the French government last year.

While FP magazine describes the panel's findings as "a major vindication for Kompass", the report adds that he has other hurdles yet to overcome, such as an investigation by the U.N. Office of Internal Oversight Services into whether he was right to show the report to the French government about how its troops behaved in the Central African Republic.

This spring, Kompass was suspended temporarily from his work at the U.N., but less than a month later an internal U.N. court ruled that he could return to work.

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