Haitian president denounces Oxfam handling of sex scandal

Haitian president denounces Oxfam handling of sex scandal

"I think people realise the importance of charities, the importance of the work that's being done and by and large if charities are accountable, have good governance and good governance structures the public will continue to support us".

Beginning on Friday, The Times has been running daily reports on the story, noting that in the aftermath of Haiti's devastating 2010 natural disaster, Oxfam's director for the country, Roland van Hauwermeiren, used his villa - rented by Oxfam - to host sex parties with prostitutes which involved other Oxfam staff.

Oxfam's leaders in Haiti are expected to be called in for crisis talks with Mr Moise's government as it considers its response. "It can not be ruled out that any of the prostitutes were under-aged", the report was quoted as saying. "Allegations that underage girls may have been involved were not proven", it said.

The scandal broke last week with a report in The London Times.

Oxfam's deputy chief executive last night resigned after the Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt hauled in the already under fire charity's bosses.

Allegations emerged on Friday claiming Oxfam's country director for Haiti, Roland van Hauwermeiren, used prostitutes at a villa rented for him by Oxfam in the aftermath of the 2010 natural disaster.

"Oxfam, and all the charity shops, people trust".

Britain's secretary for global development, Penny Mordaunt, said Sunday that the way allegations of sexual misconduct were handled by Oxfam was "shocking" and demonstrated an "absolute absence of leadership".

Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said the government needed to do more to ensure charities strengthened safeguarding procedures to ensure the "horrific behaviour" seen in Haiti was not repeated.

'However, the issues revealed in recent days are shocking and unacceptable.

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In an interview with Channel 4 News Helen Evans said that staff had been accused of rape; that abuse by United Kingdom shop managers had been covered up and that staff had not gone through the correct vetting procedures.

The charity has apologised and said it was ashamed of what had happened, without spelling out what that was.

Both the Department for International Development and the European Union - who have both donated millions to Oxfam's programmes - have warned that funding to the charity could be cut.

Government funding only accounted for 8 percent of Oxfam's overall income a year ago, its annual report shows, but donations from the public may be hit by the bad publicity, analysts said.

The House of Lords member - and Methodist minister - said: "I'm very, very angry and I just hope that the situation now unfolding would lead to a proper investigation, more transparency and a greater sense of moral leadership".

The Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service is in the process of reviewing Christian Aid's own safeguarding policies and will be training managers on the issue, the charity's statement said.

Oxfam said some former workers may have falsified references or asked individual staff members to provide references, but said it couldn't prevent such actions. There is also a worry about the effect that the allegations would have on public trust and confidence in Oxfam.

Aid agencies Save the Children, the British Red Cross and Christian Aid have also confirmed reports of inappropriate sexual behaviour involving their staff.

The commission's chief executive, Helen Stephenson, met with Penny Mordaunt, UK Secretary of State for International Development. Combining income from public and institutional sources, 2017/18 is on course to be the second most successful year financially in the Irish charity's 45 year history, the charity has said.

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