53 countries want answers from WHO on sex abuse claims

Agence France-Presse . Geneva | Published: 18:57, May 28,2021


Fifty-three countries voiced alarm on Friday at reports that World Health Organisation leaders knew of sexual abuse allegations against the UN agency’s staff and sat on them.

In a joint statement to the WHO’s main annual assembly, the United States, the European Union, Britain, Canada and others demanded WHO chiefs display ‘strong and exemplary leadership’ on preventing sexual abuse, following media reports that WHO management knew of alleged cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo and failed to report them.

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