World Bank Officials Willfully Lied to the US Government to Cover Up the Racial Crime. 

A 29-page report prepared by the DC Civil Rights Coalition showed with material evidence that the World Bank Tribunal "uses different judicial standards for Black and White complainants." The Coalition's findings are consistent with a 2009 report by the Government Accountability Project (GAP), which took note "... Staff members and job applicants of black African heritage who allege racial discrimination are unlikely to receive the compensation or vindication they seek before the Tribunal. In contrast, complainants of other races who allege racial discrimination, retaliators or Applicants claiming reverse discrimination have better prospects for compensation awards."

As shocking as this may seem, this is nothing new to the World Bank. As far back as 1998, World Bank Confidential Official Memorandum documented "Many black staff are reluctant to file grievances of racial discrimination through the existing mechanisms. Therefore it is recommended that the Bank establish a different mechanism..." The May 2005 issue of the Staff Association Newsletter highlighted: “At bottom, the Bank’s internal justice system lacks the essential judicial characteristics of independence and due process.” 


A 1999 US Government Report that was focused on discrimination and sexual harassment found "Employees often saw the [internal justice system] as neither fair nor credible and that this lack of confidence often deterred employees from attempting to use the system to resolve problems." Similarly, in 2003. a report by the US Senate Appropriations Committee stressed that the Bank needs to "do more to ensure that complaints are independently investigated and adjudicated in accordance with due process, and that managers are punished for misconduct.." More recently, the World Bank staff Association wrote: "Mr. Biru's case shows several aspects of the Bank's internal justice system are broken."

Two Confidential memos regarding Dr. Biru's case exposed the true nature of the internal justice system.


The Appeals Committee (Peer Review System)

During the Appeals Committee hearing, the Bank’s lawyer put the Committee "on notice" not to allow Dr. Biru to call international witnesses. The lawyer stated on the record that “The General Counsel of OECD is making a special trip” to Washington. They are “very nervous.” They are “being advised of the risk” of being cross-examined. The Committee obliged and denied Dr. Biru his due process right of calling witnesses.

Inger Anderson, the Chair of the Committee, filed a complaint for the record stating: “We do not have access to national labor law, and national court system. I want to put that on record. Because we’ve had some sense that the Bank was unhappy with the way in which we were proceeding.”

Even worse, a confidential memo titled “Confidential HR Matter” penned by the Bank’s Chief Counsel (David Rivero) to Mr. Edward Meke Okeke (the lawyer defending the Bank from Dr. Biru’s claims) read: “Meke, I received a call today from Jodi Tuer Glasow [the Executive Secretary of the Appeals Committee] about Yonas Biru. She wanted to relay some information she has received...” 


As the Executive Secretary of the Appeals Committee, Ms. Glasow is supposed to be completely independent. Clearly, reporting the plans and intentions of one party to the adversary party over the phone (not to leave a traceable record) exposes the Appeals Committee’s lack of impartiality at best. At worst it lays bare the Appeals Committee as an informant to the Bank’s legal defense team.

The Tribunal

During the Tribunal proceedings, the Tribunal allowed World Bank witnesses to liberally and freely lie under oath. See "Tribunal OKed Perjury" on this site and systematically. It suppressed suppressed Dr. Biru's material evidence. Dr. Biru filed over two dozen written statements, testimonies, and references from over two dozen high-level officials of international agencies, globally renowned experts and professors. None was quoted in the Tribunal's judgement. On the other hand all World Bank witnesses including those who submitted third party hearsay without disclosing who the third parties are, were quoted extensively (Read Here).

It went as far as allowing the Bank to use a proven forged document. The Tribunal asked the Bank to submit the names and contact details of the Executive Board of the Global Program that Dr. Biru served as Deputy Global Manager. The Bank used a fake list (10 of the 19 names were fake). Several international organizations wrote some of he names on the list were not Board members.  The Tribunal ignored them and used the list as a legitimate list. [Read Here]

Adding insult to injury, in its official judgment, the the Tribunal summarily dismissed Dr. Biru's claim of racial discrimination. However, confidentially, it registered the Bank's witnesses were dishonest. Dr. Biru was copied in the confidential email memo by mistake.

Soon after, the Tribunal's confidential email was withdrawn from his inbox without a trace. Normally, it is not possible to withdraw an email message after it was opened. They must have gotten help from the Bank's IT unit to remove it from the database. ADr. Biru asked the Executive Secretary of the Tribunal, Mr. Femi Elias, to restore the email the Tribunal withdrew from my inbox.  His email response in full is the following:

"Dear Mr. Biru, Your message refers to an internal Tribunal document that was neither addressed to you nor intended for you. Your message states that you were copied inadvertently, and since the document was not for you, it was recalled quickly. The reason for the recall is surely clear - the Tribunal's internal documents are confidential, and are never made available to any person or body under any circumstances. I hope this addresses your question."

Making the Bad situation even worse, the African Judge who voted to summarily reject Dr. Biru's claim sent him an email message suggesting he did not agree with the judgment but still voted for it. He wrote: "I did not find it fit to dissent... I was not yet ready for such a momentous step." As to the Bank's criminal disenfranchisment of Dr. Biru's performance record and the defamation of his character on its website the African Judges' advice was the following. "Hope you can find peace and let bygones be bygones." The Judge added: "I have been in this business a long time and know what litigating against an employer does to the employee who sees his rights trampled without remedy. But at some stage you may need to pull yourself together and try once again to rebuild your life and career" from the ground up. 

This is the internal justice system that World Bank managers told the US Department of State that the internal justice system is credible and Dr. Biru was accorded due process.

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