AP Examines Ongoing Misconduct Probes At UNAIDS, Including Previously Undisclosed Investigation Into Whistleblower
Associated Press: AP Exclusive: U.N. whistleblower targeted in misconduct probe
“A year after claims of sexual assault and harassment rocked the U.N. agency that fights HIV, UNAIDS looked like it might be on the mend. … But the upheaval is not over. Confidential documents obtained by the Associated Press show UNAIDS is grappling with previously unreported allegations of financial and sexual misconduct involving Martina Brostrom, who went public last March with claims that one of the organization’s top officials assaulted her in 2015. … The sexual assault and harassment case against [Luiz Loures, a former UNAIDS deputy director,] has been reopened and is now in the hands of the U.N. Office of Internal Oversight Services following criticism of how it was handled by UNAIDS and WHO. The investigation into potential misconduct by Brostrom and her former supervisor will resume ‘as soon as appropriate,’ UNAIDS spokeswoman Sophie Barton-Knott said in an email. The lingering inquiries mean UNAIDS’ new leader will inherit unfinished business that casts a shadow over donor support…” (Cheng/Keaten, 4/15).