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Two UN workers were suspended after a video of people having sex in an official vehicle in Israel sparked an outcry.
In the 18-second video that was posted on Twitter, a man in the back seat of a white car in Tel Aviv marked with UN letters is seen astride a woman in a red dress.
The man is just wearing a T-shirt and shorts and another male passenger in the front of the car seems to be asleep. The vehicle is then driven further down the road.
Today, the United Nations put the two male workers on leave without pay for allegations of sexual misconduct.
The UN also confirmed that the two men in the car were workers of the United Nations Truce Watch Organization (UNTSO), a Jerusalem-based peacekeeping force.
In the 18-second video that was posted on Twitter, a man in the back seat of a white car in Tel Aviv marked with UN letters is seen astride a woman in a red dress
Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said yesterday that their suspension was appropriate “given the seriousness of the allegations of breaches of the standards of conduct expected of international officials”.
“UNUST has embarked on a solid awareness campaign to remind its staff of their obligations to the United Nations code of conduct,” added Mr. Dujarric.
When the video first appeared, he said, “We are shocked and deeply disturbed by what is seen on the video.
“The behavior observed there is heinous and goes against everything that we defend and that we have worked to achieve in terms of combating the faults committed by United Nations personnel. “
The UN also said that all occupants of the car were workers of the United Nations Truce Watch Organization (UNTSO), a peacekeeping force based in Jerusalem.
Although the UN has strict regulations governing the sexual misconduct of its employees, it has been repeatedly criticized for offenses in recent years.
In December, a report claimed that UN peacekeepers had hundreds of babies with women in Haiti before abandoning the young mothers.
The study on the United Nations mission in the disaster-hit Caribbean country found that 11-year-old girls were pregnant after being sexually abused.
Some of the girls were exchanged for “a few coins” for food and are said to have sex with peacekeepers so that they could survive, according to a study by British academics.
After the birth of their children, the young mothers were delivered to a life of poverty, according to the Times.
The person who posted the video, Canadian Mattea Merta, is a “family representative” at the United Nations, according to her Twitter profile. She wrote above the message: “I present to you … .. the UN”
Another viewer also said that the video was not a “big surprise”. Ms. Merta replied, “No, not at all. Compared to the stories I heard from people who quit their jobs at the UN… it was an innocent situation. ”
Soldiers from no less than 12 different countries, including Uruguay, Chili, Argentina, Canada and France have been found to have permeated local women, the report said.
The UN also knew that charity workers had been providing food to refugees for sexual favors for more than a decade, it was revealed.
An 84-page report on “food for sex” practices in West African refugee camps was compiled and submitted to the United Nations in 2002, but has never been published.
He said workers at more than 40 aid organizations, 15 of which are major international charities, including Save the Children and Medecins Sans Frontieres, sexually exploit young refugees.
It marked another sex scandal of aid workers in the spotlight.
Viewers on Twitter expressed dismay at the clip of people having sex in the car, writing, “Why am I not surprised?”
The person who posted the video, Canadian Mattea Merta, is a “family representative” at the United Nations, according to her Twitter profile.
She wrote above the post: “I present to you … .. the UN”.
Another viewer wrote in response to the clip: “No big surprise, is it?
Ms. Merta replied, “No, not at all. Compared to the stories I have heard from people who have left their jobs at the UN … it was an innocent situation.