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.

Kompas’ exoneration comes just weeks after an independent panel report – set up by the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon – ruled Kompass had done nothing wrong in passing the internal document and condemned the “gross institutional failure” of the UN in its inaction over the allegations of child sexual abuse in CAR.

Kompas said after the decision that he felt relief and some sadness. “It is still a mystery why most of the UN leadership decided to do this to me when they knew very well how badly the UN was handling these types of cases and they knew there was a big gap in terms of under reporting of these kind of cases. […] It is important for other staff to see that I was vindicated. That’s one of the reasons I had to go through this to give an example to the staff – in particular the younger staff – because otherwise the message was: ‘If you try to do something similar to what Anders has done these will be the consequences.’”

Talking about his future, Kompass said that after 17 years working within the office of the high commissioner for human rights he was “seriously considering all the options.”