The United Nations mission in Israel has suspended two employees without pay after a viral video featured a sex act in their official vehicle, as it drove down a major street in Tel Aviv.
The 18-second video, which had gone viral showed a woman in a red dress straddling a man in the back seat of clearly marked white UN vehicle. Another man appeared to be asleep in the passenger seat.
In a statement released on Thursday July 2, the UN said the men in the video had been identified as staff members of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), UN military observers based in Israel.
Stéphane Dujarric, the spokesman for the UN’s secretary general said the two staff members have been suspended without pay until the investigation into the incident has 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 maintains strict regulations barring sexual misconduct by staffers and has come under fire for violations in recent years. A report by the UN confirmed 175 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by staffers in 2019. Sixteen claims were substantiated, fifteen were found to be unsubstantiated, and the rest are still investigated.