Oxfam to face United Kingdom government review over Haiti sex worker scandal

12 February, 2018, 01:57 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Person working on a building in Haiti

He said that it was very important to remember that "there are thousands of people working for Oxfam in some of the most hard places. and we must not forget that Oxfam is one of Britain's most brilliant charities".

Mordaunt said she was taking action to make sure charities were "properly regulated" after the allegations.

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

Ms Mordaunt said she had written to all United Kingdom charities that receive aid from the Government and asked them to explain the measures they took to implement safeguarding measures.

Penny Mordaunt said the charity had lied to the department at the time of the staff members' dismissal by telling them no aid beneficiaries were involved in the misconduct.

"I think it is a complete betrayal of both the people that Oxfam were there to help, and also the people that sent them there to do that job - it's a scandal", she said.

"With hindsight, I would much prefer that we had talked about (the) sexual misconduct", Goldring told BBC radio.

Oxfam said Friday the behaviour in Haiti was "totally unacceptable, contrary to our values and the high standards we expect of our staff".

Meanwhile, Oxfam is facing further allegations, reported in the Observer, that its staff used prostitutes in Chad in 2006.

Oxfam has said it launched an immediate investigation in 2011 which found a "culture of impunity" among some staff.




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

Although the charity has denied covering up the alleged scandal, Christian Aid said the claims are "deplorable".

In a sign of widening fallout, the Sunday Times reported more than 120 workers for Britain's leading charities were accused of sexual abuse in the past year, "fuelling fears paedophiles are targeting overseas aid organisations".

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. The British Red Cross told the paper there had been a "small number of cases of harassment reported in the UK". It said significant improvements have already been made since 2011.

Oxfam Chief Executive Mark Goldring admitted Saturday that it had failed to detail fully the nature of the 2011 scandal but insisted it "did anything but cover it up".

Oxfam must show "moral leadership" or lose all its Government funding, a senior minister has warned.

Marr said: "That was a lie, wasn't it?"

Ms Mordaunt announced she would meet the charity on Monday to discuss the case, and said: "If the moral leadership at the top of the organisation is not there then we cannot have you as a partner".

She added that Oxfam had done "absolutely the wrong thing" by failing to inform authorities about the full details of the allegations.

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