The United Nations has reacted to a video of a couple having sex in one of its official cars in Israel.
A woman wearing a red dress has been seen straddling a man in the back seat of a white SUV with UN logos in the viral video shot at HaYarkon Street, a major thoroughfare in Tel Aviv. The video showed a 4×4 vehicle “likely assigned to the UN Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO)”.
The people caught on camera are thought to be staff members of an Israeli peacekeeping organization.
Stéphane Dujarric, the spokesman for the UN’s Secretary-General said they are “ shocked and deeply disturbed ”by the scandalous viral video. He described the behavior as “ abhorrent ”and further disclosed that an investigation into the matter was“ moving very quickly.
Dujarric said that;
“We are shocked and deeply disturbed by what is seen on the video.
“The behaviour seen in it is abhorrent and goes against everything that we stand for and have been working to achieve in terms of fighting misconduct by UN staff.
“We became aware of the video a little bit more than two days ago and our colleagues in the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) were immediately activated.
“Their investigation I know is moving very quickly. We know the location of the incident and the identification of individuals in the video, who are likely assigned to the UNTSO, is close to being completed.
“As part of the UN’s commitment to transparency, the UN will provide updates on the conclusion of the investigation, and any further action.”
BBC confirmed that its staff members have specific procedures to prevent sexual misconduct, and personnel could be suspended or even disqualified from peacekeeping operations if they find themselves in violation of the rules.
The intergovernmental organization has in recent years been troubled by reports of sexual misconduct by its peacekeepers and other employees. A total of 175 complaints of sexual harassment and misconduct against members of UN staff were filed in 2019. Among those claims, 16 have been substantiated, 15 have not been substantiated, and the rest are still under investigation.