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Oxfam sex scandal: Sacked staff found new aid job in Bangladesh

12 February, 2018, 01:31 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Charities warned after Oxfam Haiti prostitute claims

The apology comes as the Department of global development, which previous year gave Oxfam more than £30 million, said it will review whether or not to continue to fund the charity.

THE British government today said it is warning all charities that receive United Kingdom aid to step up efforts to tackle sexual misconduct among staff or face having their funding cut, amid further fallout from a prostitution scandal involving Oxfam workers in Haiti in 2011.

An investigation by The Times alleges the charity covered up sexual misconduct by aid workers in Haiti.

Oxfam has said it was "dismayed by what happened" and has since set up a hotline for people to report sexual abuse and misconduct.

"With regard to Oxfam and any other organization that has safeguarding issues, we expect them to cooperate fully with such authorities, and we will cease to fund any organization that does not", Mordaunt said in a statement.

Oxfam announced a new raft of measures to tackle sexual abuse cases after being ordered to meet the British government on Monday to explain its handling of a 2011 prostitution scandal involving its aid workers in Haiti.

The French charity told the paper it made pre-employment checks but that Oxfam "did not share with us any warning regarding (his) unethical conduct, the reasons for his resignation or the results of internal inquiry".

Ms Mordaunt said the charity had done absolutely the wrong thing by failing to tell the Charity Commission and prosecuting authorities the full details of the allegations.

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

Ms Mordaunt revealed the charity had "categorically" stated to the Department for International Development (DfID) that no harm was done and beneficiaries were not involved, which she said was a lie.

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

"People knew in DfID, I raised this directly with my department at the time".

"If they do not hand over all the information they have from their investigations to the relevant authorities.then I can not work with them".

The charity added it will soon deliver a "safeguarding training course for faith organisations, especially churches, so they can understand, recognise and respond to safeguarding issues, and develop a safer culture".

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

Former worldwide development secretary Priti Patel told BBC Radio 5 Live the Oxfam allegations had not surprised her and said it was "absolutely appalling".

Reuters could not independently verify the allegations contained in The Times report and was unable to reach any of the Oxfam staff who worked in Haiti.

In a statement, Oxfam denied providing positive references for those implicated.

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