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UNAIDS Official Not Seeking Contract Renewal; Move Follows Sexual Assault Allegations But Agency Says Decision Unrelated

The Guardian: Top U.N. official accused of sexual harassment stands down
“Luiz Loures, a U.N. assistant secretary general and the subject of a recent sexual assault allegation, is standing down from his position. UNAIDS said Loures would not seek renewal of his contract, which is due to expire at the end of March, adding that the decision had no connection to the allegations against him…” (Ratcliffe, 2/23).

The Guardian: ‘A boys’ club’: U.N. agency accused over sexual harassment claims
“…Malayah Harper, now general secretary of the World YWCA, one of the world’s oldest women’s rights organizations, said the agency UNAIDS must urgently review how sexual harassment allegations are handled. Her call for an inquiry is supported by testimonies from six [other] current or former UNAIDS employees…” (Ratcliffe, 2/25).

Reuters: Senior UNAIDS official latest to go after sex harassment allegation
“…Luiz Loures’ exit was the second of a high-level United Nations official in as many days, after Justin Forsyth, deputy director of the U.N. Children’s Fund, resigned saying he did not want coverage of his past mistakes to damage UNICEF…” (Miles/Nebehay, 2/23).

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