U.S. Urged to Lift Immunity for Criminal Conduct at the U.N.

October 7, 2010 05:19

“How can the U.S. allow an organization to be above and beyond the law? This is a stain on all Americans say we stand for.”

By Patrick Goodenough at Human Events


An American employee of the United Nations says she cannot understand how the U.S. court system can allow the U.N. to be “above the law.” The comment follows a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear her case alleging sexual harassment by a top U.N. official.

Cynthia Brzak questioned the implications of absolute immunity for other cases of wrongdoing by U.N. officials, from the Iraq oil scandal to the sexual exploitation and rape of African women and children in exchange for food.

“Since the United Nations internal justice system is not independent or credible, the use of diplomatic immunity to prevent U.N. staff access to national legal systems is morally repugnant and inconsistent with human rights norms,” she wrote. “Moreover, many in the legal field also believe it to be unconstitutional.”

Flaherty told CNSNews he believed that U.S. courts eventually would strike down the “absolute” immunity enjoyed by U.N. officials, bringing it into line with FSIA’s “restrictive” immunity.


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