Quotes from the news wire:
In standing for another five years as WHO chief, Tedros was due a White House grilling over COVID-19. But Biden forgot to seize that opportunity for improved accountability and transparency concerning Wuhan, instead, he rubber-stamped Tedros like a mildly overdue library book.The status quo should have been a status no, and only the United States has the heft to call out China's guy.But Biden's team … continued to show little interest in creating leverage for needed change at WHO's helm.
A look at the record shows that Trump has continued to fund it at historic levels, chose it to sanction North Korea, and uses it as a platform to defend Israel. However, there is a wide misperception fed by Trump detractors and a combative media that his Administration has walked away from the U.N., other countries mimic the U.S., and what they hear has led them to go slow on support and check writing.
Retribution for victims is rarely if at all available through U.N. processes, here’s thinking out of the box: Might victims be so motivated to bring the first sexual abuse case to the International Criminal Court? It was set up to prosecute individuals — not states — for the international crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes when national courts are unwilling or unable to prosecute criminals. Filing such a case would challenge the culture of wristslapping and impunity, which is likely to persist.
In the absence of concrete action to address such wrongdoing, the credibility of the United Nations as champion of human rights and human security is called-out — right under its own roof, while disciplinary measures against other U.N. employees might be meted out as an administrative matter, criminality is more challenging to address for abuses taking place in U.N. properties, which are technically international territories, and not within the jurisdiction of the United States or other host countries.