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Panel finds 80 alleged abuse cases tied to WHO’s Congo work


A panel has found that 21 workers for the World Health Organization in Congo have been accused of sexually abusing people during a Ebola outbreak, a WHO-commissioned panel said Tuesday in a report that identified 83 alleged perpetrators connected to the 2018-2020 mission. 

Sophie Harman, Professor of International Politics at Queen Mary said she was concerned the allegations involving more than 80 suspects were only the beginning. "More cases are bound to come forward across the world,” Harman said, calling for the focus to shift to helping abuse survivors. “This requires both prosecution of perpetrators, but full accountability on the part of WHO leadership who knew about the rumors and reports, and yet took years to act on this issue."

This was covered in AP News



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