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UN refugee boss Ruud Lubbers has quit over sexual harrassment allegations, even though he denies them:

In a letter to Secretary General Kofi Annan, Mr Lubbers denied the allegations and said he was quitting because of a lack of confidence in him.

Mr Annan accepted the resignation, thanked Mr Lubbers for his work, and said a new page had to be turned.

The allegations against Mr Lubbers were contained in a confidential UN report leaked by the press on Friday.

It said that the former Dutch prime minister had engaged in unwanted physical contact with a female employee at his agency in Geneva.

The report added that claims made by other employees indicated a pattern of sexual harassment – although these women had not made official complaints.

An anxious world awaits the London Sun’s headline.

Posted by Tim B. on 02/20/2005 at 08:41 PM
    1. Private Eye used to call him Lewd Rubbers around the time of the Maastricht treaty. Sounds more accurate than they probably realised at the time.

      Meanwhile, rumours that his sons are named “Land” and “Avast Ye” continue to be denied.

      Posted by The Mongrel on 2005 02 20 at 09:56 PM • permalink


    1. Let a thousand “new pages” turn.  This stuff has been going on forever and will never stop.  Why?  Because this is the eternal battle of the sexes.

      Posted by Mystery Meat on 2005 02 20 at 09:59 PM • permalink


    1. If Ruud Lubbers had any respect for the UN he would not have sexually harrassed women! He would have abducted them put them in brothels and let them be gang raped by blue hatted “Peace Keepers”. And then gone for their daughters as well.

      Posted by Ross on 2005 02 20 at 10:13 PM • permalink


    1. How about “UN concerned over lack of confidence in Lubbers”

      writes itself, really

      Posted by Rachel Corrie’s Flatmate on 2005 02 20 at 10:50 PM • permalink


    1. Sexual assault in the Congo is OK for the UN, but sexual harassment in New York is not.

      Posted by mr magoo on 2005 02 20 at 11:08 PM • permalink


    1. Is he is quitting because he is innocent?

      One of the United Nations’ most senior officials is likely to face fresh pressure to resign over allegations of sexual harassment and intimidation after The Independent obtained a confidential internal report into the claims.

      Ruud Lubbers, the UN’s high commissioner for refugees, was found guilty of misconduct involving sexual harassment by an official investigation carried out by the UN’s watchdog, it can be revealed. The secret document has never before been released.

      Kofi Annan, the UN secretary general, took internal and external legal advice after studying the 15-page report on the allegations, before deciding he was unable to take action against Mr Lubbers. Instead, he issued him with a strong warning about his conduct.


      Posted by rog2 on 2005 02 20 at 11:52 PM • permalink


    1. My headline:-

      Lewd Lubbers Rude Rubbers with Clubbers!

      Posted by giles on 2005 02 21 at 01:15 AM • permalink


    1. What do you expect from someone with a gag porno name? It’s even better than Dirk Diggler.

      Posted by Habib on 2005 02 21 at 02:02 AM • permalink


    1. It’s a storm in a teacup. Otherwise Kofi would be “deeply concerned”.

      Posted by amortiser on 2005 02 21 at 02:11 AM • permalink


    1. But not really better than NASCAR driver Dick Trickle.

      Posted by JorgXMcKie on 2005 02 21 at 02:26 AM • permalink


    1. Never hire a guy whose name can even be superficially approximated to ‘Luv Rubbers’.

      Posted by Arty on 2005 02 21 at 03:04 AM • permalink


    1. What about pre-war Auto Union driver Dick Seaman?

      Posted by Habib on 2005 02 21 at 03:19 AM • permalink


    1. ok, i never heard of this Rude Lubers bloke before. what songs did he sing?

      Posted by Lucky Nutsacks on 2005 02 21 at 04:11 AM • permalink


    1. Rosco:
      Rude Lubers is the alternative name for Rockbitch.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2005 02 21 at 06:01 AM • permalink


    1. Sexual assault in the Congo is OK for the UN, but sexual harassment in New York is not.

      Well, c’mon now, be fair.  It takes up too many tables in the staff cafeteria…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 02 21 at 11:29 AM • permalink


  1. Between Ruud Lubbers and Eason Jordan, is this becoming the new chic lefty plea? “Not guilty, Your Honor, but I’ll do the time anway?”

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 02 21 at 10:32 PM • permalink