Dr. Biru, who was Deputy Global Manager at the World Bank, filed a complaint with the World Bank Appeals Committee after he was told he could not be promoted to Global manager because "Europeans are not used to seeing a black man in a position of power." As a consolation the World Bank charged him to run the global program without a title.
Dr. Biru found out that one of his staff was fabricating data to make China and India look poorer. He reported it to the Bank's Chief Ethics officer and Ombudsman. .
The Appeals Committee found "no business reasons" to explain what was Done to Dr. Biru. In the meantime, the Committee acknowledged that the Bank had to work within the international "political" environment (euphemism for European racism). It "strongly recommended" the Bank "immediately enter into a binding mediation" and give Dr. Biru "a healthy working environment." The Bank rejected the recommendations and advised Dr. Biru he could take his case to the World Bank Tribunal if he chose to.
Dr. Biru filed racial discrimination and whistleblowing claim with the World Bank Administrative Tribunal. Before the case went to the Tribunal the Europeans demanded the Bank clear their name. The World Bank admitted on the record “The General Counsel of OECD is making a special trip” to Washington to talk to WB officials. They are “very nervous.” They are “being advised of the risk.” This trigged the Bank to withdrew its sworn statements during the Appeals Committee hearing and introduced a new storyline under oath. The Bank's witnesses claimed before the Tribunal their earlier sworn claims were "not true" and the Europeans had nothing to do with the Bank's decision.
The World Bank put Dr. Biru on probation for (a) whistleblowing, and (b) creating an international conflict between the Bank and the Europeans. As part of the probation, his Iranian boss assigned him to prepare a synthesis of 6 technical papers six weeks before the first drafts of the 6 papers were due.
The 6 papers were under contract with 6 independent consultants. When Dr. Biru failed to meet the humanly and professionally impossible task of synthesizing 6 papers that were not yet written, the World Bank terminated him.
Dr. Biru filed wrongful termination claims with the World bank Administrative Tribunal
The Tribunal Summarily Dismissed Dr. Biru's racial discrimination claims, triggering a global uproar. The Staff Association decried: "The case shows several aspects of the Bank's internal justice system are broken." The US Treasury reviewed the case at the request of the US Board of Director to the World Bank and concluded Dr. Biru's request to have his termination case reviewed by an external arbitration "seemed warranted." The Bank rejected the Treasury's request to settle the termination case outside of the Tribunal.
Before the Tribunal's judgment on Dr. Biru's wrongful termination claim, Dr. Biru's lawyer approached the Bank and offered them a deal that Dr. Biru will withdraw his termination claims and sign a waiver never to seek a legal case against the World Bank if the World Bank will agree to restore his professional record and give him a letter of reference specifying his leadership and management accomplishments that the World Bank has deleted from its publications and websites. The Bank rejected the offer.
The Tribunal found Dr. Biru's termination was "unlawful, capricious, arbitrary, a violation of due process and an abuse of discretion." But ruled he should not be reinstated. It stated: "Neither the Tribunal’s Statute nor its Rules require that the Tribunal must order reinstatement when it finds a termination decision to be arbitrary." Furthermore, it added: "He has made no secret of his contempt for the institution."
Between 2010 and 2013 the World Bank faced relentless pressure to restore Dr. Biru hard earned personnel record. The pressure came from US Senator Barbra Mikulski, the Congressional Black Caucus and the DC Civil Rights Coalition, consisting of NAACP, the Urbann League, Rainbow/Push Coalition and National Action Network
The World Bank Sent Dr. Biru his official true record by mail. This raised two issues.
1. In some areas his management record were still visibly redacted.
2. What the Bank acknowledged as Dr. Biru's official record in 2013, provided material evidence that the Bank's sworn testimonies during the Tribunal proceedings of his racial discriminationwere false.
Dr. Biru filed an Appeal with the Tribunal stating (1) The internally restored record proved the Bank's perjured itself during Dr. his racial discrimination claim; (2) the Bank has neither legal nor moral ground to refuse to correct what is on its website, after it corrected his record internally; and (3) the World Bank Rule 2.01 prohibits the Bank from having contradictory personnel record for a staff. He asked the Tribunal to instruct the Bank to correct his record in the public arena.
The World Bank filed a motion to dismiss Dr. Biru's complaint, alleging the Tribunal lacked jurisdiction to review the merits of the case.In the meantime, it refused to correct the public record, claiming his record is "Hagiographic" - too good to be true. What is racist about its action is that what it considered "hagiographic" for public disclosure for a black man it credited to white managers on its websites and publications.
The World Bank never denied the fact that Dr. Biru's personnel record on its website is materially and significantly different from his official record that is currently in Dr. Biru's internal personnel file. Nor has the Bank denied the fact that Staff Rule 2.01 requires it to correct the public record. Its position is that it will not honor Staff Rule 2.01 in his case.
The World Bank has two motives in degrading his record and defaming him on its website. On the one hand it makes him appear unfit to be global manager and thus counter his racial discrimination claim. On the other hand by discrediting him it will mitigate the impact of his whistleblowing of the Bank's data fabrication.
The World Bank Tribunal dismiss tDr. Biru's defamation and disenfranchisement claims without reviewing the merits of his claims, conceding the Bank's jurisdictional challenge.
The World Bank is granted immunity with a condition that it will accord its staff due process. Dr. Biru is denied due process and left out in a legal no man's land in cases that the Bank's own diversity report found a "blatant and virulent case of racism" and what proved to be a brazen case of data fabrication whistleblowing that was criticized by world renowned economists, including a Nobel Laureate.
In 2016, Dr. Biru filed an appeal with the Tribunal challenging its judicial double standard. In his appeal he provided as evidence independent reports that found the Tribunal denies black claimants due process, including studies commissioned by the World Bank, the US Congress, the World Bank Staff association, the Government Accountability Project and the DC Civl Rights Coalition. The DC Coalition that used Dr. Biru's case as an example showed "the World Bank Tribunal has different judicial standards for Blacks and whites." The Tribunal refused to review the case and informed Dr. Biru it will no longer accept any claim from him.
Three days before the Tribunal issued its judgment on Dr. Biru's 2013 complaints, the World Bank sent him a memo stating the redacted version of his management record "will be scanned into your staff records. "
It was too late for him to introduce the new evidence in his 2013 complaint. Therefore, he filed another complaint in 2014. The essence of the complaint was that the Bank has neither legal nor moral ground to maintain the defamatory record on its website after it corrected the internal record.
The Tribunal refused to review Dr. Biru's defamation complaint claiming it lacked jurisdiction. During the same session, the Tribunal ruled (in Pizarro v. World Bank) that an Argentinean citizen has inviolable rights to his identity, and found the Bank liable for failing to honor and protect his rights against defamation. The judgment emphasized that the Tribunal takes defamation claims very seriously, especially when "the Bank’s actions and inactions caused professional and personal harm to its staff or former staff."
While Dr. Biru's 2014 case was pending President Kim's Chief of Staff met with the DC Civil Rights Coalition in May 2014 and informed them that the Bank has commissioned a diversity report which was due by the end of June. She promised to share it with them once it is done.
The report found Dr. Biru's case as "a blatant and virulent case of racism." The Bsnk embargoed the report broke its promise to share it with the DC Civil Rights Coalition and file a motion with the Tribunal to dismiss Dr. Biru 2014, defamation claim, alleging the Tribunal lacked jurisdiction.
Dr. Biru went on a hunger strike for 34 days in protest. This led US Senator Chris Van Hollen to prepare a 73-page document providing concrete evidence of the heinous racial crime the World Bank committed against Dr. Biru. On behalf of Dr. Biru he demanded the Obama administration ensure the World Bank restore Dr. Biru's performance record on its publications and website, withdraw the proven defamatory record from its website and remedy the damage Dr. Biru suffered. The Obama administration rejected the request.
The World Bank willfully lied to the US government, claiming the Tribunal has reviewed Dr. Biru's 2013, 2014 and 2015 and rejected it. The Truth is that it refused to review the merits of the case, alleging it lacked jurisdiction. In the same year the aWorld Bank posted a document it titled "Fact Sheets" on its website fabricating stories and willfully lying to the public.
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In January 2019 Dr. Biru launched a hunger . strike. In February he was admitted to Howard University Hospital.