Ban Defies Orders to Release Personnel Data

    Ban Ki-Moon, secretary-general of the United Nations. Photo by: U.N./Mark Garten

    U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is refusing to comply with several orders from an independent U.N. tribunal to surrender confidential documents and other information as part of a case brought by U.N. employees who claim to have  been treated unfairly.

    Among the latest documents requested are notes by a U.N. ethics investigation on the case of James Wasserstrom, who was forced out of a senior position in Kosovo after participating in an internal corruption probe.

    Wasserstroms’s case is one of more than 160 cases that an independent tribunal has handled since its creation in July 2009 as part of a bid to overhaul the U.N.’s internal justice system.

    The tribunal has proved to be more efficient than the old system but it is still met with criticism, the Washington Post notes.

    “Some U.N. officials fear that the new body’s orders will weaken the authority of the secretary general over his staff,” the newspaper says.

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