A senior UN official -- Luiz Loures, Deputy Executive Director of UNAIDS -- was accused of sexual assault against a fellow UN employee, a female subordinate. After a shockingly flawed internal investigation that included the bizarre and improper intrusion of Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, the UN concluded that the allegations against Loures were "unsubstantiated." Since then, other women have come forward to accuse Loures of sexual misconduct.

Called for in February 2018, an Independent Expert Panel was appointed in July in response to the crisis. UNAIDS management attempted to suppress the release of its report, but after significant pressure from Code Blue and others, the report was released publicly on December 7, 2018 [read the full report here]. The independent panel found “overwhelming” evidence of a “broken organisational culture” and called for a change in UNAIDS’ top leadership. Citing a lack of independent processes to deal with misconduct, it recommended a complete overhaul.

The UNAIDS case affirms for us the need for an immediate intervention -- a  Temporary Independent Oversight Panel that would closely monitor and evaluate, in real time, the UN’s response to individual allegations of sexualized offences, and make expert recommendations on UN policies and procedures.

Below, find the Independent Expert Panel’s final report; two reports completed by UN investigators looking into the Loures case; an audio recording of Michel Sidibé's address to UNAIDS staff; and Code Blue Campaign's series of open letters and statements on the Loures case.

internal documents & Audio

code blue statements on unaids

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KEY DOCUMENTS

Report of the Independent expert panel on prevention of and response to harassment, including sexual harassment, bullying and abuse of power at unaids secretariat


KEY INTERNAL DOCUMENTS AND audio

Email: Message from UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board Chair, Daniel Graymore to UNAIDS staff

Email message from UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) Chair, Daniel Graymore (forwarded to UNAIDS staff by Deputy Executive Director of UNAIDS, Management, Gunilla Carlsson) regarding, “the process around the Independent Expert Panel on prevention of and response to harassment, including sexual harassment, bullying and abuse of power at UNAIDS Secretariat.” 

Audio: UnAIDS executive Director, michel Sidibé town hall meeting with staff on sexual harassment

An audio recording, leaked to the Code Blue Campaign, of UNAIDS' Executive Director Michel Sidibé addressing UNAIDS staff at a 'Town Hall' on sexual harassment on February 27, 2018.

 
 

WHO Investigation Reports Regarding Allegations of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at UNAIDS

Internal investigation reports by the World Health Organization's (WHO) Office of Internal Oversight Services, regarding allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment by UNAIDS' Deputy Executive Director, Luiz Loures against a UNAIDS staff member. (These documents are redacted.)

Download: WHO Investigation Report No. 17/1119 Regarding Allegations of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at UNAIDS, September 2017 (Part 1) (Part 2)


Code Blue's analysis of the WHO / UNAIDS investigation


Code blue Statements and Press Releases on unaids

 

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