The UN attracts officers from Ethiopia after criticism


Two senior UN officers have been recalled from Ethiopia after audio recordings of criticism of senior UN officers had been revealed on-line, in line with a letter and a spokesman for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

In the recordings, two girls who say they work for the UN in Ethiopia however don’t give their identify to a contract journalist say that some prime UN officers globally sympathize with forces from the northern Tigray area preventing the Ethiopian authorities. Reuters heard the ladies’s feedback after the recordings had been launched on-line however couldn’t independently confirm the recordings.

In a letter dated October 11, the top of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) mentioned that an worker had been recalled to headquarters and had administrative depart pending an investigation into the recordings.

“The views attributed to the staff in the audio recordings are not in line with the IOM’s principles and values,” IOM Director General Antonio Vitorino wrote within the letter, which Reuters noticed on Tuesday.

In his letter, Vitorino didn’t point out the one that had been recalled. Two UN employees members in Addis Ababa recognized one in all the ladies within the recording as Maureen Achieng, the IOM’s chief consultant in Ethiopia. Asked if the individual recalled to headquarters was Achieng, an IOM spokesman mentioned they might not affirm the identify of any employees.

Achieng and the journalist couldn’t be instantly reached for remark. Two UN officers primarily based in East Africa recognized Dennia Gayle, the UN Population Fund’s nationwide consultant in Ethiopia, because the second voice within the recording.

A UNFPA spokesman mentioned its consultant to Ethiopia had been known as again to New York for additional discussions. The spokesman didn’t give a reputation. Gayle didn’t reply to requests for remark despatched through electronic mail and Twitter late Tuesday.

“The top management is deeply concerned and this issue is currently being addressed in accordance with our internal rules and regulations,” the spokesman mentioned. “All UNFPA personnel are bound by UN standards of independence and neutrality, which are crucial to our work to deliver to all the people we serve – regardless of who or where they are,” the spokesman added.

The UN says the Ethiopian authorities is stopping support from reaching a whole bunch of hundreds of individuals experiencing famine in Tigray, the place struggle has made almost 7 million folks depending on meals support. The authorities denies that it is obstructing support.

Ethiopia determined final month to expel seven senior UN officers, accusing them of meddling in inside affairs. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s spokesman Billene Seyoum criticized the IOM on Twitter on Tuesday.

She mentioned Achieng – who she referred to by linking to Achieng’s verified Twitter account – had informed “the unvarnished truth about institutional bias with the UN system.” War broke out in November 2020 between the Ethiopian authorities and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the political occasion that controls Tigray.

In the recordings, the 2 girls say – with out quoting proof – that the top of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, is among the many UN officers who sympathize with Tigrayan forces. Tedros, who’s a Tigrayan, has repeatedly refused to participate within the battle.


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