Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

United Kingdom threatens charity aid cut-off after Oxfam sex report

United Kingdom threatens charity aid cut-off after Oxfam sex report

On Saturday the Charity Commission said that while Oxfam had reported that it was investigating inappropriate sexual behaviour, bullying, harassment and staff intimidation, it had not given the full details.

Oxfam workers were accused of paying Haitian quake survivors for sex during relief efforts.

"If they do not hand over all the information they have from their investigation subsequently to the relevant authorities including the Charity Commission and prosecuting authorities, then I can not work with them any more".

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.

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

Oxfam said it had not found evidence to back one of the Times' most explosive claims: that underage girls were involved.

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.

'We also want to satisfy ourselves that we do now have a culture of openness and transparency and that we fully learn the lessons of events in 2011'.

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.

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The source added staff members did not speak up for fear this might reduce donations to the most vulnerable at a time when funding is under pressure.

"The reports of what is unacceptable behaviour by senior aid workers in Haiti are truly shocking", a spokeswoman for Theresa May said.

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

But, he did admit that whilst he was "not informed" about the allegations of sexual misconduct levelled at Oxfam, DFID "did report the matter to various regulators and to the Department of International Development" they "did not specify the nature of the allegations or the nature of the misdemeanours that had taken place".

Britain has warned Oxfam that it may lose government funding if the anti-poverty charity doesn't hand over all the information it has about a sexual misconduct scandal in Haiti by some of its aid workers. The charity employs 5,000 staff and has a further 23,000 volunteers.

Goldring apologised yesterday and said he was 'deeply ashamed of Oxfam's behaviour [in Haiti]'. It said significant improvements have already been made since 2011.

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: "what is so disturbing about Oxfam is that when this was reported to them, they completely failed to do the right thing".

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