For Immediate Release
Andrew Harman – GAP Communications Director
(202) 457-0034 Ext. 156
House and Senate to Each Hold Hearings on Allegations of Abuse and Absence of Accountability at the UN
GAP Clients Aicha Elbasri and Miranda Brown to Testify at House and Senate Hearings Respectively
WASHINGTON - WHY: In the wake of serious child sex abuse scandals in the Central African Republic and Haiti, and the deliberate and systematic cover-ups of crimes against humanity that occurred under the UN’s watch in Darfur, top UN officials have seemingly engaged in both a process to cover up abuses and retaliate against the brave whistleblowers who risked their careers to put an end to such atrocities.
GAP clients Aicha Elbasri and Miranda Brown will testify before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee respectively. They will share their experiences with U.S. legislators in the hope that action will be taken to protect victims and help implement necessary changes that ensure whistleblowers have a viable path to report on and put an end to wrongdoing without facing reprisals.
- Dr. Aicha Elbasri – Former Spokesperson for the United Nations – African Union Mission in Darfur, United Nations.
- Dr. Miranda Brown – Former Chief of Africa I Section, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
- 2200 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20510 – (Dr. Elbasri)
- Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 419, Washington, DC 20510 – (Dr. Brown)
WHEN: Wednesday, April 13 at 2:00 p.m. ET
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