UN Whistleblower Cleared of Wrongdoing for Revealing Abuse in Central African Republic

Anders Kompass, representante del Alto C

Anders Kompass, the director of field operations for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Anders Kompass, the UN whistleblower who exposed the sexual abuse of children by peacekeepers in Central African Republic, has been completely exonerated after an internal investigation.

Kompass, the director of field operations for the office of the high commissioner for human rights in Geneva, leaked an internal UN report on the alleged sexual abuse of children by French troops in Central African Republic (CAR) to French prosecutors.

Kompass stated that he informed his boss – the deputy high commissioner – that he had leaked the report in order for the French to mount an investigation. The UN disputed this, insisting that he had breached protocols by sharing a secret internal document.

On 17 April 2015, he was suspended by the high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, and put under investigation for leaking confidential information.

It’s only a few days ago that Kompass was informed in a letter that the internal investigation, run by the Office of Internal Oversight (OIOS), had cleared him of all charges. Continue reading

Vatican Tribunal To Hear Cases of Bishops Accused of Covering up Child Abuse

pope-francis-vaticanPope Francis has approved the creation of a tribunal to hear cases of bishops accused of covering up child abuse by paedophile priests.

The tribunal will have the power to punish bishops who failed to protect young victims.

Last year, the UN strongly criticised the Church for failing to stamp out abuse and for allowing cover-ups.

The Palace of the Holy Office, which stands on the edge of the Vatican, will host the Tribunal. The palace will have to rearrange its furniture to make room for the secretary and staff of its new “Judicial Section”.

This section will work as a formal tribunal. It will investigate Catholic bishops who may have covered for priests suspected of child sex abuse, and will have the power to punish bishops found to have acted improperly.

The Pope’s decision followed a recommendation from the Pope’s newly created panel on clerical sex abuse. The panel was set up by Pope Francis in 2013 to help dioceses improve abuse prevention measures and support victims. It is made up of 17 clerics and lay people from around the world.