The United Nations has responded to a video of a couple having sex in one of its official cars in Israel.
However, it was reported that a woman wearing a red dress was seen straddling a man in the back seat of a white SUV with UN markings, a 4×4 vehicle which is “likely assigned to the UN Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO)” in HaYarkon Street, a major freeway in Tel Aviv,
The people caught on camera are believed to be staff members of a peacekeeping organization in Israel.
Stéphane Dujarric, the spokesman for the UN’s Secretary-General said they are “shocked and deeply disturbed” by the scandalous report. He described the behavior as “abhorrent” and further divulged that an investigation into the matter was “moving very quickly.”
“We are shocked and deeply disturbed by what is seen in the video.
“The behavior seen in it is abhorrent and goes against everything that we stand for and have been working to achieve in terms of fighting misconduct by UN staff.
“We became aware of the video a little bit more than two days ago and our colleagues in the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) were immediately activated.
“Their investigation I know is moving very quickly. We know the location of the incident and the identification of individuals in the video, who are likely assigned to the UNTSO, is close to being completed.
“As part of the UN’s commitment to transparency, the UN will provide updates on the conclusion of the investigation and any further action.”
Furthermore, it was also reported that the UN has strict policies against sexual misconduct by its staff members, and workers may be disciplined or possibly banned from peacekeeping operations if they are found to be in breach of the rules.
Similarly, the inter-governmental organization has been beset with allegations of sexual misconduct by its peacekeepers and other staff in recent years. In 2019, there were a total of 175 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse against UN staff members. Of those allegations, 16 were substantiated, 15 were unsubstantiated and the others are still being investigated.
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