World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


UN electoral chief Perelli dismissed, misconduct

UN electoral chief Carina Perelli dismissed for misconduct

Carina Perelli, the Director of the United Nations Electoral Assistance Division, received a letter this morning informing her of the Secretary-General's decision to summarily dismiss her for misconduct, a spokesman for the world body announced today.

The decision took immediate effect, Stephane Dujarric told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York.

Asked about the charges against Ms. Perelli, he confirmed that the complaints included allegations of harassment, including sexual harassment, and abuse of authority.

The charge letter was sent to Ms. Perelli on 4 August. The standard extension is two weeks, but in this case, following a number of extensions, she responded on 17 November, Mr. Dujarric said.

Asked how the dismissal would affect UN support for the Iraqi elections, the spokesman said it should not affect the UN's electoral work in Iraq or anywhere else.

He noted that Craig Jenness of Canada serves as International Commissioner on the Independent Electoral Commission for Iraq and leads the UN effort on the Iraqi elections. Mr. Jenness leads a team of 24 international electoral staff currently in Baghdad.

Asked about the UN's zero-tolerance policy on sexual harassment, the spokesman said that each case is analyzed and assessed on its own merits. The UN has a duty to act when these matters arise, he said.

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


UN: Visionary ‘Blue Transformation’ Strategy To Enhance Underwater Food Systems

Record levels of fisheries and aquaculture production are making a critical contribution to global food security, the UN Ocean Conference under way in Lisbon, Portugal, heard on Wednesday...
Abu Akleh Shooting: Fatal Shot Came From Israeli Forces, Says OHCHR
Israeli forces were behind the fatal shooting of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in the West Bank - not indiscriminate Palestinian firing - the UN human rights office, OHCHR, alleged on Friday... More>>

Ethiopia: Conflict, Drought, Dwindling Food Support, Threatens Lives Of 20 Million

Hunger is tightening its grip on more than 20 million Ethiopians who are facing conflict in the north, drought in the south and dwindling food and nutrition support beginning next month, the UN food relief agency warned on Thursday... More>>

UN Ocean Conference: Opens With Call For Urgent Action To Tackle Ocean Emergency
With climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution exacting a devastating toll on the world’s ocean — critical to food security, economic growth and the environment... More>>

World Vision: Deeply Concerned For Thousands Affected By Afghanistan Quake
World Vision is deeply concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan in the wake of a powerful earthquake in the early hours of this morning... More>>

Malaysia: UN Experts Welcome Announcement To Abolish Mandatory Death Penalty

UN human rights experts* today commended an announcement made by the Malaysian government that it will abolish the country’s mandatory death penalty and encouraged Parliament to take concrete steps to pass the agreement into law... More>>