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Aicha Elbasri, Ph.D.
Former UN diplomat and winner of the 2015 Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling. The second to blow the whistle on Darfur after Mukesh Kapila.
Published author, former UN diplomat and winner of the 2015 Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling. Between 2000 and 2013, Elbasri occupied several communication positions at the United Nations. On April 2013, she resigned her post as Spokesperson for the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur, UNAMID, requested a UN investigation before she blew the whistle on the UN cover-up of atrocities in Darfur. Elbasri's testimonies prompted the International Criminal Court to call on Ban Ki-moon to conduct a "thorough, independent and public inquiry” into these allegations. Ban ignored the Court’s call and set up instead an internal review that found that UNAMID routinely concealed from the UN headquarters evidence indicating the responsibility of Sudanese government forces for deadly attacks against civilians and peacekeepers. Despite a plethora of incriminating facts, Ban’s review insisted that there was no evidence of an intentional cover-up.