This GAP report analyzes the impact of the United Nations internal justice system on accountability practices in the UN peacekeeping missions. The GAP report, “Tipping the Scales: Is the United Nations Justice System Promoting Accountability in the Peacekeeping Missions or Undermining It?” is based on a review of two years of UN Dispute Tribunal (UNDT) and UN Appeals Tribunal (UNAT) judgments, and 36 interviews with key UN personnel, external attorneys and whistleblowers from eight different peacekeeping missions.
"Virtually every person in a UN peacekeeping mission whom we spoke with raised disturbing concerns about fundamental shortcomings in the UN’s accountability mechanisms," said GAP International Officer Shelley Walden, one of the report's authors. "Most stated that they were afraid to speak-up about misconduct, and whistleblowers who did told us that they were subjected to intense retaliation as a result.”
A copy of the report's Executive Summary can be downloaded here.
A copy of the full report can be downloaded here.
Read the Press Release here.
Annexes to the report can be downloaded here:
- Annex I: Problems with the New Justice System (As Identified by Respondents)
- Annex II: What’s Working Well in the New Justice System & Recommendations for Improving It (As Identified by Respondents)
- Annex III: Problems That Respondents Raised Regarding Whistleblowing
- Annex IV: Issues Connected To Discipline of Those Who Engaged In Misconduct in the Field & Suggestions for Addressing Misconduct in Peacekeeping Missions (As Identified by Respondents)
- Annex V: Methodology
- Annex VI: UN Dispute Tribunal Judgment Chart from July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2011 (each year has a separate tab)
- Annex VII: UN Appeals Tribunal Judgment Chart from July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2011
- Annex VIII: UN Administrative Tribunal Judgment Chart from July 1, 2007 – December 31, 2009