The UN is to visit RUSA national headquarters to investigate whether RUSA’s recent reforms in randonnee format have caused “grave or systematic violations” of randonneur’s human rights, it has been reported.
A leading randonneur charity that wishes to remain anonymous says that they have been contacted by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Randonneuring RTDs as part of an investigation into human rights abuses against randonneurs in the US.
RBA’s across the US have reported that the UN committee has advised them that they will be sending a Special Rapporteur to visit RUSA club annual populaires in the “near future” as part of their probe.
Director of Policy Percy Crockaphone told Competitive Randonneuring and Commuting: “The UN have notified us they will be visiting the US to investigate… and want to meet with us when they come, sometime in the next few months.”
The UN conducts such investigations “confidentially” and will not confirm or deny if they are currently investigating RUSA.
It is believed that the abuses were first brought to the attention of the UN while a UN staffer was traveling in the US was invited to a ‘Beerside Chat’ and overheard tales of experiences during long rides being shared by a boisterous group of older, intrepid, cyclists.
Descriptions of sleep deprivation, being forced by fellow randonneurs to listen to Britney Spears being played loudly on cell phone speakers while riding through the wilderness at the wee hours, body sores, sleeping in post offices, and the tipping point, digestion problems, are at the roots of the investigation.
The UN’s special investigator on recreational sports has previously urged RUSA to reduce the distance required for their randonnees after hearing “shocking” accounts of how it was affecting intrepid randonneurs and their loved ones.
PMs and DMs sent to RUSA officials via instagram inquiring into the investigation have been unanswered.
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