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UN staff shared child porn, carried weed in official vehicle

world Updated: Nov 02, 2015 15:26 IST
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A view of United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters. (AFP)

Employees at the United Nations stored child pornography material in official computers, threatened to kill a head of mission, transported marijuana in official vehicle and attempted to transport a chainsaw on a UN passenger flight - all in just one year, a report by the organisation has said.

The information has come to the fore after a circular, sent on September 22 to UN staff members by the under secretary general for management, was posted on the organisation’s official website.

The report contained a summary of 60-odd cases in which disciplinary measures were taken against them during the period between July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015.

Take a look at some of the alarming complaints filed and the actions taken against the erring members:

# Four employees were dismissed and one was demoted for storing and sharing pornographic material involving minors through the organisation’s e-mail system.

# A staff member working in movement-related functions at a UN air terminal was removed for attempting to transport a chainsaw on the organisation’s passenger flight on behalf of a colleague without authorisation.

# A staff member was dismissed for using an official vehicle of the organisation to transport approximately 173 kilograms of marijuana.

# Another employee was removed from service after he repeatedly threatened to kill or suggested that another staff member could arrange to kill the head of mission.

Apart from these serious complaints, there were some weird complaints which attracted similar punishments too.

# An employee drove a tractor in the direction of a prefabricated office, in which the staff member’s supervisor was working, with the intent of damaging the office and injuring the staff member’s supervisor. He was removed from service.

# Another employee, who was a warehouse assistant, attempted to take, without authorisation, a ream of paper and approximately 15 plastic seals belonging to the organisation. He was asked to leave.

# Yet another took a drum of petroleum product belonging to the organisation and was removed from service. Two staff members were involved with the unauthorised removal and sale of tyres. They were sacked too.

# A warehouse assistant, who moved barbed wire belonging to the organisation, was seperated from service.

The UN’s Secretariat counts some 41,000 staff from around the world. The annual report on the crimes committed by UN staff is released every year.

This story was first reported by Vice News.