Hypocrisy and Sexual Predation at the United Nations
Last week the United Nations published a report on the prosecution of rape cases in Haiti. The report found that not a single rape case in Port-au-Prince had gone to trial within a year of being filed, out of 62 cases which were studied. The report also found that of the 62 cases, only 11 were investigated at all.
This shouldn't come as much of a surprise to anyone familiar with Haiti's history of corruption. It is a dangerous place. What is surprising is that the U.N. came out against Haiti's justice system instead of offering it a position on its farcical Women's Rights Commission beside Iran, China, and Afghanistan.
There are not many organizations around the world with less moral authority on rape prosecutions than the U.N. In fact, in the midst of its investigation on rape in Haiti, five U.N. "peacekeepers" were videotaped raping an 18-year-old Haitian man and laughing about it while he screamed. Two men pinned him down on a mattress and bent his elbows high up on his back, while another raped him. Two others periodically beat the victim, whose screams into the mattress pad are muffled but agonizing. A fifth, holding the video camera, laughs with the others. If the videotaped evidence isn't enough for you, a medical report on the victim found significant evidence of sexual assault.
In the process of conducting its scathing investigation on the lack of rape prosecutions in Haiti, the U.N. itself found no evidence of rape on this particular occasion, despite a widely circulated video of a man being raped. The exact quote, from U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq, said that the investigation was finalized, and "the investigators found out that these allegations of misconduct could not be substantiated. The U.N. Mission in Haiti says that no supporting evidence was provided by anyone[.]"
Fun Fact: The United States government pays 22% of the U.N.'s budget every year.
A few weeks ago, a United Nations official named Dushyant Joshi was arrested and charged with sexual abuse in New York. Apparently Joshi grabbed a co-worker at a bar and forcibly kissed her sometime last summer. Joshi's crime appears to be a minor one, something that is done routinely at bars around the country on any given night of the ongoing sexual devolution. He is described as a "mid-level official" at the U.N., meaning nobody knows exactly what he does, and it isn't especially important. In itself, his arrest is hardly news.
What is noteworthy about Joshi is that he wasn't promoted for his indiscretion. For years, the United Nations has repeatedly employed, promoted, and covered for a range of sexual predators, traffickers, rapists, and pedophiles on a scale that would stagger the average barhopping grope-meister.
In 2001, the United Nations was accused of running a child prostitution and sex-trafficking organization in Bosnia. U.N. officials promised a thorough investigation and announced that they had adopted new processes for ensuring that it would never happen again. But it did. Repeatedly. It just changed countries.
Throughout the 2000s, more and more such charges began surfacing from the Congo. U.N. policymakers, however, continue to claim that most of these charges do not qualify as sexual abuse because the perpetrators are not raping children anymore, like they used to. Instead of raping children and moving on, they are raping children and then paying them with candy in order to disguise child rape as child prostitution, a distinction only the most depraved of minds could make.
In a world in which child rape can be justified with a lollipop, it is easy to see how the U.N. can justify genocide for the opportunity to rape children. That is exactly what has happened in its ongoing mission in the Congo. It appears that in the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II, U.N. "peacekeepers" charged with resolving the Congolese Civil War have managed enough free time to rape several hundred girls and start a child pornography business. The genocide continues apace.
In the vast majority of these sex abuse charges in the Congo, the "peacekeepers" rationalized their pursuit of young children on the grounds that older ones are more likely to have AIDS. This, apparently, is what mid-level U.N. officials call "safe sex." A Frenchman named Didier Bourguet was the ringleader of the operation.
He is currently in jail for his deeds, but it took several years. U.N. officials have diplomatic immunity while "serving" overseas. As such, Bourguet managed to run a similar child porn operation out of the Central African Republic from 1998 to 2001, before he was moved to the Congo. Why was he moved? Because the U.N. knew what he was up to, but didn't want to have him brought back to France to be prosecuted. In the Congo he proceeded to further develop his child porn network until it came to light in 2004. Only then was he finally brought back to France and prosecuted.
Fun Fact: Many of Didier Bourguet's alleged victims will still be underage when his prison sentence is completed.
Last month, the U.N. appointed Robert Mugabe as a new "international envoy for tourism." Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe with terror since 1980. His preferred methods of keeping power are ethnic cleansing and election fraud. In 2007 and 2008, he achieved the rare distinction of hyperinflating his currency to a monthly rate of 79.6 billion percent. He is a man of many talents. Since 2002 he has been under an international travel ban.
Does Mugabe have remarkable talents as a leader in the tourism industry that warrant an honor from the U.N.? It depends on what you mean by "talents." Zimbabwe borders Victoria Falls, one of the most spectacularly beautiful tourist attractions in the world. It does not take much talent to develop tourism there. Mugabe regards Victoria Falls as child's play.
His preferred form of tourism is a different kind of child's play -- specifically, child sex-trafficking. In this category he is surely among the world's leaders. The U.S. State Department's 2012 "Trafficking in Person's Report" is a thoroughly depressing read, but Zimbabwe is categorized as a "tier 3," the lowest rung on a ladder of depravity. Tier 3 is reserved for nations whose governments do not comply "with the minimum standards [of human trafficking prevention] and are not making significant efforts to do so." Does it surprise you that the sexual predators at the U.N. chose to honor Mugabe?
Fun Fact: Robert Mugabe's first act after receiving his U.N. honor was to run over a homeless man with his motorcade and leave him to die.
Hanlon's Razor asserts that we should never attribute to malice that which can be explained by stupidity. The U.N. has stretched the capacity of this axiom to its limit. How about an easier question: should U.S. taxpayers cover 22% of the U.N.'s funding?
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