12 October 2010

Sexual misconduct being investigated: UNMIT’s Gyorgy KAKUK

Timornewsline, October 11, 2010 - Spokesperson for the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) Gyorgy Kakuk said a reported allegation of sexual misconduct, involving an individual of the UN Police was currently being investigated. Mr. Kakuk affirmed that this case is now being investigated by the relevant authorities of UNMIT.

“We will have no other until such time as the inquiry is completed. However, it should be noted that the UN takes a serious view of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior on the part of its staff,” Kakuk said. He added that UNMIT will take stern disciplinary measures where infractions of its behavioral and disciplinary code occur.

An Indonesian journalist from West Timor named Judith Lorenzo Taolin has recetly revealed that she was sexually harrased by a UN Police officer from Pakistan in Dili on August 19, 2010.

In an open letter, Judith explained that this individual member of the UN Police officer pressed her breast twice, during a picture taking near the residence of President Jose Ramos Horta. Judith affirmed that such an attitude of the UN Police officer has made her shocked and is traumatized. She wants this case to be followed up by the Embassy of Indonesia in Timor-Leste and needs to be resolved through legal procecedings based on the existing law in the country.

Judith was invited by the embassy of Indonesia in Timor-Leste to collect a story on celebration of Indonesia’s independence day which was held in Dili last August.

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