Internal UN investigation vindicates Swedish whistleblower
The Swedish UN aid worker Anders Kompass, who leaked a confidential report detailing the sexual abuse of children by French peacekeepers in the Central African Republic, has been cleared of all charges by the UN's internal oversights body OIOS, reports Swedish Radio News.
In mid-July in 2014, Kompass was handed a report that revealed how 13 homeless boys in the Central African Republic had been raped and sexually assaulted by UN peacekeepers. Most of the soldiers involved were French, so Kompass passed the report on to prosecutors in France. Eight months later, Kompass was suspended from his job as an aid worker and charged with putting the lives of child victims in danger by leaking documents listing the victims' names.
A month later, an internal UN court ruled that he could return to work. Since then, the UN's body for internal oversight, OIOS, has investigated whether he was right to show the report to the French government or not, and today he was finally cleared of all charges.
"I feel relieved, but also a bit sad that it had to come to this. It feels strange to have been exposed to this for so many months. It's caused a lot of psychological stress," says Kompass.