Alford writes that whistleblowers have "seen what one is not supposed to know." In exposing a wrong, they have risked and lost much -- job, status, security, liberty, friends. To come to a resolution, they would also lose their faith in the adages we buy into as the currency of the social order: life is fair, the system isn't stacked against us, the individual matters, the truth shall set us free.
Just over a week ago, the UN Administrative and Budget Committee brought forth a resolution to define the priorities of the Member States with respect to peacekeeping, whistleblowing and, among other things, sex abuse. The resolution makes clear certain obvious features of UN peacekeeping that most casual observers don't immediately think of.
Yesterday, the UN Dispute Tribunal lifted the suspension of Anders Kompass, the senior staff member at the OHCHR who transmitted allegations of pedophilia by French troops in the Central African Republic to the French police. The decision shows that the grounds for placing Kompass on leave are bogus.