UN suspends 2 officials over viral sex-video in an official vehicle in broad day light

After a viral video featured a sex act in their official vehicle as it drove down a major street in Tel Aviv, two UN mission employees in Israel have been suspended without pay.

Recall that a woman in a red dress was seen in the 18-second video straddling a man in the back seat of a clearly marked, white UN vehicle. Another man in the passenger seat seems asleep.

In a statement released Thursday July 2, the UN said that the people in the video were identified as staff members of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), Israel-based UN military observers.

Stéphane Dujarric, the UN Secretary-General ‘s spokesman, said the two staff members remained suspended without pay until the incident investigation was concluded. 

Dujarric told BBC; 

“Their suspension was appropriate given the seriousness of the allegations of failing to observe the standards of conduct expected of international civil servants. 

“UNTSO has re-engaged in a robust awareness-raising campaign to remind its personnel of their obligations to the UN Code of Conduct.”

The UN retains stringent rules that prohibit employees from sexual misconduct, and has come under fire in recent years for violations. In 2019 a UN report reported 175 claims of workplace sexual exploitation and misconduct. Sixteen allegations have been substantiated, fifteen have been found to be unsubstantiated and the rest are still being investigated.

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