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U of M graduate ‘most qualified person in the world’ for UN job
Posted Thursday, January 13, 2011 11:56 AM
 
File under 'People to watch in 2011'
 
University of Manitoba gold-medal graduate Kimberly Prost was recently recognized in the Globe and Mail as one of their “Canadians changing the world” for 2011.

Prost is a 1982 graduate of the U of M Faculty of Law, and since graduating has spent two decades with the Federal Department of Justice. In the mid-1990s, she wrote a letter asking the Swiss to investigate ties between Brian Mulroney and German businessman Karlheinz Schreiber. She also served as a judge on the war-crimes tribunal for former Yugoslavia and has a long track record of cases involving terrorism, national security and human rights.

Called “the most qualified person in the world for the job” by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Prost served as a judge on the war-crimes tribunal for former Yugoslavia and has a long track record of cases involving terrorism, national security and human rights.

In July she was appointed to review for the first-time complaints filed by hundreds of suspected al-Qaeda and Taliban members who have been blacklisted by the UN Security Council. Those on the so-called 1267 list, including at least one Canadian, have had their assets seized and been denied the right to travel.

Looking to 2011 and beyond, Prost expects to deal with a half-dozen cases this year and has promised to issue revealing reports about how the UN Security Council has treated people. If she does, she will no doubt test the strength of the council's newly professed interest in fairness and transparency — and shed some light on the way the powers treat those they suspect.
 
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