there has been an “endemic” cover-up of the sickening crimes for two
decades, with those who attempt to blow the whistle just getting
his dossier with The Sun, Prof MacLeod last night warned that the
spiralling abuse scandal was on the same scale as the Catholic
respected academic said: “There are tens of thousands of aid workers
around the world with paedophile tendencies, but if you wear a UNICEF
T-shirt nobody will ask what you’re up to.
have the impunity to do whatever you want.
is endemic across the aid industry across the world”.
system is at fault, and should have stopped this years ago.”
MacLeod worked as an aid boss for the UN all over the world, including
high profile jobs in the Balkans, Rwanda and Pakistan – where he was
chief of operations of the UN’s Emergency Coordination Centre.
is campaigning for far tougher checks on aid workers in the field as
well as the abusers among them to be brought to justice, and wants the
UK to lead the fight.
professor’s grim 60,000 figure is based on UN Secretary General
Antonio Guterres’s admission last year that UN peacekeepers and
civilian staff abused 311 victims in just one 12 month period over
UN also admits that the likely true number of cases reported against
its staff is double that, as figures outside of war zones are not
MacLeod also estimates that only one in 10 of all rapes and assaults
by UN staff are reported, as even in the UK the reporting rate is just
14 per cent.
Patel said senior DFID staff tried to talk her out of making a
critical speech about aid workers’ sex abuse, arguing that it was only
by UN soldiers and to claim otherwise was “over-stepping the mark”.
is one of the top 10 contributors to the UN budget, handing over £2bn
MacLeod insisted that meant the “difficult truth” that “child rape
crimes are being inadvertently funded in part by United Kingdom
added: “I know there were a lot of discussions at senior levels of the
United Nations about ‘something must be done’ but nothing effective
came of it, and if you look at the record of whistleblowers, they were
are looking at a problem on the scale of the Catholic Church — if not
Tory MP Conor Burns, who is Boris Johnson’s parliamentary aide, dubbed
the Oxfam furore as just “the tip of an iceberg in finding out what
has been going on”.
Burns was a university friend of Prof MacLeod and called for him to be
listened to very seriously.
Burns added: “I believe that there has been systematic, organised and
covered-up activity going on over many, many years”.
Mordaunt tonight vowed to “step up our work to tackle sexual
exploitation and abuse across the UN and other international
September last year, PM Theresa May also threatened to withhold cash
from the UN and demanded it “win back trust”.
today insisted there will be “zero tolerance” towards any acts of
Downing Street ducked out of ordering any investigation into Ms
Patel’s allegations, despite their seriousness.
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turning a blind eye to abuse.
angry Tory MP said Theresa May was refusing to act because the claims.
Development Select Committee chair Stephen Twigg announced his MPs
will grill aid bosses and ministers over the scandal as soon as
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