UN official questions ethics of sexual misconduct victims in bizarre speech

UNAids chief takes aim at harassment whistleblowers and praises outgoing deputy accused of assault for taking taking the ‘high road’

The head of a UN agency has attacked whistleblowers who raised concerns about the handling of a recent sexual harassment and assault case, apparently suggesting they lacked ethics and morals.

Michel Sidibé, the director of UNAids, made disparaging remarks about employees who have spoken out, while praising as “courageous” the decision of his deputy to step down following an unsubstantiated allegation of sexual harassment and assault. Many of those who have raised concerns about misconduct within the agency allege that they also experienced abuse.

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