By Fila Paragas.
Eagerly waiting for justice since 2011, I recently learned in June 2018 that my precious life and losses, living with CRPS after being hurt “in the line of duty”, was so cheap to the World Health Organization (WHO), and also to the three foreign judges of the International Labor Organization (ILO) Tribunal in Geneva, Switzerland.
I honestly believed that the ILO was a place where one could seek justice for grievances and wrongdoings committed by the WHO, Specialized Agency of the United Nations. But it is not. In fact, this kangaroo court is highly biased and clouded in its views, as judges and staff are on the payroll, funded exclusively by WHO and other organizations. Facts are misconstrued and distorted, cherry picking is routine, and essential evidence is avoided or selected simply to suit the WHO. They claimed CRPS has to do with nervous system! Nothing more. There was never any recognition of the pain and sufferings and incapacity one has to live with.
The case is said to be out of time – “Time-barred” and DISMISSED! Even the case of illegal termination was also DISMISSED!
Judicial Excellence in United Nations has come to a shamelessly prostrated position, kowtowed on the dirty and muddy ground which merely mimicked justice to those who seek fairness.
The defendant, the World Health Organization, was not found guilty and is therefore justified in their actions to not take good care of sick staff. What a disgrace!
I say, “Fake Justice…”
In Hear My Voice, Living with CRPS, I recounted a brief history and left out the mundane and boring details behind the scenes dealing with everyone at WHO, and everywhere else knocking for help.
Without a doubt, the WHO has failed pain patients everywhere, and I am not exempted.
It goes without saying that “Life is just not fair.” When someone said that to me after diagnosis with CRPS complication from a foot fracture while on duty travel, from tirelessly working with dedication for who else, but the WHO, the supposed leader in health, I cringed from disbelief but thought that there must be more to it to sustain oneself from lamenting and whining that life has been too harsh.
Oh what an illusion!
“I am so sorry to hear that, you don’t deserve this bad news,” said Dr. Yves Beigbeder, a former WHO HR staff, a lawyer, and a prolific writer. I felt awful and in shock. He came to my rescue at home in 2010. Alas…not knowing yet what was to come, I cried in pain and struggled pathetically with CRPS painful conditions for 18 months in my living room, abandoned and incapacitated, and found myself fighting for my life while drowning in an administrative maze operated by the famous WHO Staff Medical Services, WHO Staff Health Insurance, Human Resources Director, and the WHO Director General and the rest of personnel at the World Health Organization. To the WHO in Geneva, Switzerland, I was a psychiatric case and had to be put in a mental institution! Whether it was sheer ignorance or just outright abuse of authority with criminal intent, hurting and torturing another “sick” human being has apparently become part of their job description. Someone mentioned to me to check out Dr. Josef Mengele!
The expert in health did not recognize CRPS! The WHO Staff Health Insurance was so cheap and not wanting to put me properly in a care facility to get well. And so, I was left at home alone, with my CRPS condition deteriorating quickly. I was fired and then unanimously denied any disability by WHO and yes I fought like hell to educate WHO of CRPS/RSD. The WHO Administration felt that it is justified to inflict more pain and sufferings on sick staff meanwhile with delay after delay. CRPS is not one of the more known illnesses, but surely the WHO should know of its existence. For WHO, CRPS is not serious enough to warrant any care and attention.
No apologies given.
The WHO is held in high regard, unfortunately, by those who look in unknowingly from the outside. But inside, invisible, is a culture of silence and fear. Everyone is afraid and scared, even the doctors in Geneva. One does not upset the presumed world leader in health. The WHO is put ABOVE THE LAW!
How all those who sell their souls have become the willing accomplices and partners in committing crimes! The resulting collusion, in the criminal acts and dramas of hurting others, is undertaken so as to uphold the noble image and preach good principles and values to the health care world. So, good people are often forced to turn a blind eye. One is constantly called upon to figure out what is right and what is wrong.
Yes at a greedy price! My life is absolutely not cheap and definitely not for sale!
And how UN leadership and the member countries turn their blind eyes under the façade of immunity and impunity. Yes, indeed, no one working at the United Nations can be held accountable for wrongdoings and criminal acts, committed time and time again, under any national jurisdiction.
In her 2016 book Unsilenced, Rasna Warah has captured some of the culture of immunity and impunity and silence culture of scandals and cover-ups of atrocities committed that reigns across the UN system. (Link to Amazon book)
Another brave and former WHO staff, Kari Just Laperriere dares to speak out about her own horrendous experience of harassment and abuse in WHO Copenhagen and Geneva in her own 2017 book, WHOligans. And a Genevanewspaper denounced the harassment and abuses at the WHO.
Another book, Victims of Ineptitude: An insider’s account of injustice within WHO, Firdu Zawide, recounted his own horrible experience with WHO and also the untimely death of his British colleague.
There must be good reasons, I thought. How wrong I was to assume the goodness in others as human beings until proven otherwise.
“Out of time” these judges said. The complaint is dismissed.
Does it really mean “out of time” for pain patients everywhere in the world?
Does our pain stop? Nope! Certainly not!
Such a mockery of the pain and suffering of pain patients, who have to survive day in and day out. Does this suffering and pain have no meaning to those selfish individuals involved? Perhaps one day these bullies and their accomplices, or their loved ones will know for themselves of Pain in Our lifetimes.
Retaliations and a run-around to anyone and who dare to speak up can no doubt necessitate the perpetrators to further inflicting more pain and suffering with delight, hoping that the pained person will die and commit suicide and, of course, speak no more. Thus, there will be no more claims.
Another woman in pain, writing in Her Name is Sonia, until now has not had her case resolved by the UN. Instead, Sonia remains in a dire state, harassed and abused, after years of neglect and no income — denied the good care she rightfully deserved and was entitled to. In pain, no more dignity left for her, either.
Now, I am asked often, “Why is the hard-earned tax money of my family and relatives, as we struggle to make ends meet and live month to month, being used to fund this kind of international organization that preaches goodness to serve the world? Are they not accountable to the US taxpayers and taxpayers around the world?”
Astonishingly, not too long ago, the FDA began seeking input from US pain patients and communities so it could report back to the World Health Organization, and then to UN Secretary General so they could decide the best way forward for the pain world. Let me be the “good example” how I was treated by WHO. This is ridiculous and pure nonsense!
How could FDA approve such drugs (opioids…) in the past and now seek to rectify this? Are the pain patients the “guinea pigs”?
How can CDC come out with such thoughtless and no common sense “Guidelines” which are put forth as the perceived “commandment” to be followed, leaving the pain community and legitimate pain patients at risk of everything from suicide to death? Where is former Director of CDC, after leaving a trail of misery behind him? It is obvious that the outcry from pain patients continues to be ignored. Instead, there is only pretending, with these “experts” pretending to listen while donning a façade of compassion. Is it intentional by CDC to hurt pain patients?
Is WHO relevant, competent, and qualified? I just don’t think so. After 70 years, the United Nations is, in my humble opinion, beyond any reforms. No reforms can ever make it right. It is just a pipe dream. How could it ever be, after Mugabe was presented to be the WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Good Health last year, drawing outcries and protests by stunned audiences around the world?
It is way beyond comical. It is a tragedy. No more United Nations for me. It has become difficult to swallow knowing the wrongdoings and atrocities committed and with immunity and impunity, the crimes have gone unpunished, at the expenses of those who have had to bear the brunt. And still do.
Let’s ask ourselves as human beings - not as chickens, pigs, dogs, cats and whatever - is there no more decency for the appropriate care and treatments of the “HUMAN pain patients”? I’m afraid not!
No more SILENCE when HUMANS and their RIGHTS are being VIOLATED!
Fila Paragas is a former UN/WHO official. She wrote her illness memoir after her long suffering from chronic pain conditions from a bone fracture in the foot and her efforts for recognition of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), by her former employer, the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Her memoir recounted her long journey with the medical community and nearly everyone to reflect the poor knowledge of pain by those involved. Her E-book is on Amazon Kindle in both English and Spanish. For more on the book and the author, click here.
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