Judgment No. 1534
The complaint is dismissed.
"The FAO submits that his complaint is irreceivable because he has failed to exhaust his internal remedies. Though he filed before he got the final decision [...] the Committee took a whole year to come up with a three-page report and the Director-General another five months to let the complainant have a decision. Such delays are exorbitant and unpardonable. Under the circumstances the complainant was entitled to come straight to the Tribunal without waiting any longer for a reply from the Director-General. The objections to receivability fail."
complaint; receivability of the complaint; internal appeals body; administrative delay; direct appeal to tribunal; internal appeal; internal remedies exhausted; date of notification; delay; exception; organisation's duties
There is a general principle of law that for a claim to damages to succeed "the claimant must provide evidence of (i) an unlawful act, (ii) actual injury and (iii) a causal link between act and injury. [...] Injury is not to be presumed: mere mention of 'worries', 'psychological stress' and 'deprivation of rights' will not do."
complaint; injury; evidence; general principle; cause; compensation; condition; definition; presumption