Haiti Trilogy

Some things are not funny.  They are, in fact, tragic.

In June 2013, OIOS was advised of three complaints against the same staff member based in the MINUSTAH mission in Haiti; two of the allegations were of rape, the third was of sexual harassment.

To describe what followed as an “investigation” would be a travesty.Rape Victim

I was tipped off about the matter after someone saw the interview of one of the victims, which was so bad as to be offensive.

Remember that at that time I was being stonewalled whenever I asked for answers about what I was alleged to have done to merit the PIP, and that PIP demanded that I never ask questions “just to satisfy my curiosity“.

Let us not concern ourselves with the fact that no one could ever point to a single question I had ever asked in any interview that was alleged to have been asked “just to satisfy my curiosity“.

Anyone with any understanding of how to investigate a case involving an sexual assault, indeed anyone with a modicum of common decency, knows that the victim should not be the one on trial.  One of the biggest problems with the prosecution of rape cases in that the judicial process, and cross-examination process in particular, is traumatic for the victim.

So, can someone please explain to me why or how the UN considers it appropriate for an investigator to begin the interview of a rape victim by asking: “How did you contract HIV?

And then it just got worse.