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Top UN Official Force Himself On Me, Says Employee

New York (March 31, 2018): A United Nations employee who says she was sexually assaulted by a top UN official has spoken publicly for the first time, alleging she was offered a promotion if she accepted an apology from the man and claiming that the organization failed to take her complaint seriously.

In an interview, Martina Brostrom accused a UN assistant secretary general, Dr. Luiz Loures, of grabbing her in a hotel elevator, forcibly kissing her and trying to drag her to his room during a conference in 2015.


“I was pleading with him, and I was just bracing with all that I could just to not leave the elevator,” Brostrom, a policy advisor at UNAIDS, the United Nations’ global AIDS program, told the journalist.

Whereas Loures said he co-operated fully with a 14-month investigation, which concluded that her claims were unsubstantiated. But Brostrom criticized the investigation as “deeply flawed.”Loures, who was also the deputy executive director of UNAIDS, is leaving the UN at the end of his contract this week; the UN says it was his decision to leave. A spokesman for UNAIDS said that the investigation into Brostrom’s allegations followed “due process” and she is welcome to appeal.Brostrom is one of three women to describe similar encounters with Loures. Another, Malayah Harper, said that Loures assaulted her in a strikingly similar way at a hotel in 2014. A third told the journalists of an assault a few years ago; she spoke on condition anonymity because of her current job.