Statement on the sentencing of Karim Elkorany

27 October 2022

UNICEF welcomes the conclusion of the prosecution of Karim Elkorany. The horrifying violence he perpetrated should never occur and must never be tolerated. Our hearts go out to his victims. 

We wish to thank the brave individuals who reported the assaults to the United Nations system in 2016.

We also are grateful to the UN system investigators and the UN Secretary-General for investigating the allegations and passing the findings to United States authorities in 2017, and to U.S. authorities for pursuing and prosecuting the case.

Cooperation of this kind is an important and significant part of the ongoing battle to end impunity for all perpetrators of sexual assault.

UNICEF understands that some of his crimes were committed while he was a temporary UNICEF staff member. UNICEF’s Investigation Office received no formal complaints about this behaviour, which was first drawn to our attention after Elkorany had left UNICEF when complaints were filed in late 2016. Since then, we have been cooperating with the various enquiries and providing what support we can, within the scope of the information that is available to us.  

As is proper in these cases, the victims’ identities have been protected by UN investigators and U.S. law enforcement. Should any victim decide to allow UNICEF to be in contact, we stand ready to provide victim support to colleagues or former colleagues who may have suffered at Elkorany’s hands. We would also welcome any information Elkorany’s victims feel able to share with us to help us further strengthen our reporting and victim support systems.

We are continually reviewing our systems and processes to ensure they are equipped to deliver essential support to victims, and to ensure swift action to identify perpetrators.

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