Internal report: UNRWA top management involved in “sexual misconduct, nepotism, retaliation, discrimination and other abuses of authority”
The head of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for “Palestinian Refugees” (UNRWA) has been suspended amid ongoing investigations into widespread corruption under his watch.
Internal investigations “revealed management issues which relate specifically to the (UNRWA) Commissioner-General” Pierre Krahenbuhl, a statement issued by the UN said on Wednesday.
The allegations which first surfaced in a leaked internal report earlier this year, which found top UNRAW officials implicated in sexual misconduct and other “serious ethical abuses.” The UNRAW chief Krahenbuhl and organization’s top brass 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,” a report compiled by agency’s ethics office had found.
The latest announcement is apparently a desperate move by the UN to clean the image of the troubled organisation. Major European donors such as Belgium, Holland, and Switzerland froze payments due to the corruption scandals. Last year, President Donald Trump’s administration ended all financial ties with the UN body, calling it “irredeemably flawed.” This is in sharp contrast to the Obama-era when the agency was receiving over $300 million each year in U.S. taxpayer money, covering around third of its billion-dollar budget.