New book exposes cover-ups, corruption at the United Nations14/09/2016
Kenyan writer Rasna Warah announces release of ‘UNsilenced’
NAIROBI, Kenya – In a world experiencing increasing conflicts, terrorism and displacement, many people wonder what the United Nations should have done to prevent these disasters from escalating. Now, a new book by Kenyan writer Rasna Warah shows how peace-building efforts have been undermined by the U.N. Security Council and the UN’s various agencies and programs.
In “UNsilenced: Unmasking the United Nations’ Culture of Cover-ups, Corruption and Impunity” (published by AuthorHouse UK), Warah exposes lies and denials that she says have allowed wrongdoing to continue unabated. She adds many of these acts occur or continue because the U.N. fails to protect whistleblowers, who often suffer severe retaliation.
Warah, a former U.N. insider, shows how many U.N. agencies deliberately exaggerate or underestimate the scale of a problem in order to attract donor funding. “One of the reasons many UN officials get away with wrongdoing, including sexual harassment, corruption and abuse of authority, is because the mainstream media is too timid to take on the UN,” she says. “I wrote this book because I felt that the media had not done enough to take the UN to task.”
In her introduction to the book, Beatrice Edwards, the executive director of the Government Accountability Project, a Washington-based watchdog organization, tells how the U.N.’s internal justice system has evolved into an opaque and arbitrary set-up that deprives U.N. whistleblowers of a fair hearing. She argues for an independent, external arbitration system that can resolve disputes within the U.N. promptly and fairly.
By Rasna Warah
Softcover | 5 x 8in | 142 pages | ISBN 9781504999946
E-Book | 142 pages | ISBN 9781504999939
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About the Author
Rasna Warah is the author of “War Crimes,” “Mogadishu Then and Now,” “Red Soil and Roasted Maize” and “Triple Heritage.” She writes a column for the Daily Nation, Kenya’s leading news source. For several years, Warah worked as a writer and editor at the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) based in Nairobi. She studied psychology and women’s studies at Suffolk University in Boston and holds a master’s in communication for development from Malmo University in Sweden.