From The BBC: UN Mission Impossible

7:10pm Thursday, September 24 on TVNZ 7

It’s an organisation with 100,000 troops at its command. It has peacekeepers in 17 countries. But how safe is the world in the hands of the United Nations?

Over the past decade the United Nations has become as well known for corruption and sleaze as it is for the good work it does around the world.

In a journey that takes us to the blood-soaked goldfields of the Democratic Republic of Congo to the corridors of UN power in New York, this documentary investigates how much corruption is being unearthed by the UN’s anticorruption taskforce and asks whether the UN is up to policing itself.

The film centres on the allegation that the UN has covered up claims that its troops in Democratic Republic of Congo gave arms to militias and smuggled gold and ivory. The allegations, based on confidential UN sources, involve Pakistani and Indian troops working as peacekeepers.

The UN looked into the allegations concerning the Pakistani troops in 2007. But the UN decided that there was not enough evidence to back up the claim that Pakistani peacekeepers supplied weapons or ammunition to the militia.

UN Mission Impossible travels to Democratic Republic of Congo to investigate rumours that a local militia, the FNI, have been re-armed with supplies from a UN camp.

Two FNI leaders known as “Kung-fu” and “Dragon”, who have been jailed in the capital, Kinshasa, have stated publicly that they received help from the UN.

Could there be any truth to their claims?

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