U.N. AIDS agency in ‘crisis’ after sex harassment claims, investigators find

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By Associated Press

GENEVA — Independent experts looking into allegations of sexual harassment at the U.N. agency that fights AIDS say it is plagued by “defective leadership,” a culture of impunity and a toxic working environment that cannot be changed unless its top official is replaced.

The investigative panel was created earlier this year following allegations of sexual harassment by staffers and calls from critics for executive director Michel Sidibé to resign.

But in a statement, Sidibé says he believes that he is the right man to turn around the organization.

Sidibé has denied claims that he tried to force an employee to drop allegations that she was sexually assaulted by his former deputy.