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Sex abuse scandal in Haiti causes UK to review Oxfam ties

Sex abuse scandal in Haiti causes UK to review Oxfam ties

In a further warning to the charity, she said: 'If they do not hand over all the information that they have from their investigation and subsequently to the relevant authorities, including the Charity Commission and prosecuting authorities, then I can not work with them any more as an aid delivery partner'.

Groups of young prostitutes were invited to homes and guesthouses paid for by the charity for sex parties, according to one source who claimed to have seen footage of an orgy with sex workers wearing Oxfam t-shirts.

The Charity Commission said on Saturday that it had written to Oxfam "as a matter of urgency" to request further information.

She confirmed the charity would meet with the Department for International Development (DFID) on Monday and the Charity Commission, which regulates the sector, later this week.

"If the moral leadership at the top of the organisation isn't there, then we can not have you as a partner".

Oxfam said it investigated the allegations in 2011.

The charity's chief executive Paul Goldring will meet Penny Mordaunt, the worldwide development secretary, on Monday after she threatened to withdraw millions of pounds of government funding.

Four members of Oxfam staff were dismissed and three, including the country director, resigned before the end of the 2011 investigation.

And the Guardian reported new accusations over the weekend: that the same man, Roland van Hauwermeiren, was also accused of hiring sex workers in Chad.

The former Secretary of State said that "the reason why Oxfam has landed in this position is because they have not been fully open and transparent about what happened".

More reports of misconduct have emerged since the original report in the Times.

The Sunday Times reported that there had been more than 120 cases of sexual harassment or abuse recorded at some of Britain's leading charities in the past year alone, with the highest number at Oxfam, who recorded 87 incidents last year. It said significant improvements have already been made since 2011.

Goldring apologised yesterday and said he was 'deeply ashamed of Oxfam's behaviour [in Haiti]'.

He added: "Everybody - the 25,000 staff and volunteers - are compromised by this, the hundreds of thousands of people who support Oxfam every month are compromised by this, and to everybody I apologise".

Penny Mordaunt condemned the behaviour of some Oxfam staff members as a "complete betrayal", as she threatened to pull government funding ahead of the meeting. Asked if that was a lie, Mordaunt said: "Well, quite". However, the minister said Oxfam did "absolutely the wrong thing" by not reporting the detail of the incidents to the government.

Oxfam said it now had a dedicated safeguarding team, a confidential whistleblowing hotline and safeguarding contact point within countries, and a code of conduct that stipulated: "I will also not exchange money, offers of employment, employment, goods or services for sex or sexual favours".


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