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International Development Committee to quiz Oxfam bosses

Senior Oxfam executives are to appear before MPs amid criticism over the way it handled claims of sexual misconduct by its staff in Haiti. The International Development Committee will question the charity’s chief Mark Goldring and chair of trustees Caroline Thomson, about safeguarding policies. Representatives from Save the Children and the Department for International Development will also be quizzed. Oxfam has apologised to Haiti at a meeting with its minister of planning. Earlier this month, the Times newspaper published allegations that Oxfam aid workers in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake…

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Oxfam Haiti scandal: Suspects 'physically threatened' witnesses

Oxfam has revealed that three men at the centre of sexual misconduct claims in Haiti physically threatened witnesses during a 2011 investigation. The charity has published its internal report on alleged abuse by some of its staff following public pressure. In the 2011 report, Oxfam said “more needed” to be done to prevent “problem staff” working for other charities. Despite the warning, several men linked to the alleged abuse subsequently took up roles at other charities. Oxfam – which has almost 10,000 staff working in more than 90 countries –…

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Oxfam sex scandal: Director promises justice for victims

Media playback is unsupported on your device Oxfam says it will set up a commission to investigate past and present allegations of exploitation by staff. Oxfam International’s executive director Winnie Byanyima said it would “do justice” and “atone for the past”. She invited victims to come forward “for justice to be done” for them, saying she was “here for all the women who have been abused”. The British charity has faced criticism over the way it handled claims staff hired prostitutes in Haiti in 2011. She said the organisation was…

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Oxfam: Minnie Driver withdraws support over Haiti scandal

Actress Minnie Driver has stood down from her role as a celebrity ambassador for Oxfam. This follows claims that staff for the charity in Haiti and other countries paid vulnerable people for sex. In a statement that she was “nothing short of horrified” by the allegations. The British charity is accused of concealing the findings of an inquiry into claims staff used prostitutes while delivering aid in Haiti in 2011. The English actress said that although she could not continue her 20 years of involvement with Oxfam, she would work…

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Oxfam International chair held over Guatemala graft scandal

The chairman of the charity Oxfam International, Juan Alberto Fuentes, has been arrested in Guatemala. He was detained as part of an investigation into a corruption scandal dating back to his time as Guatemala’s finance minister. No charges have been brought so far. While his arrest is not related to his role at Oxfam, it will heap further pressure on the charity, which is still reeling from revelations that its staff hired prostitutes in Haiti. ‘Entirely open’ Oxfam International’s executive director Winnie Byanyima said that Mr Fuentes had been “entirely…

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Charity watchdog to launch Oxfam inquiry

The Charity Commission is to begin an investigation into Oxfam’s handling of a sex scandal in which staff hired prostitutes in Haiti in 2011. The watchdog has concerns the charity may not have “full and frankly disclosed material details”. It comes after Oxfam’s deputy chief executive Penny Lawrence quit over the charity’s response to the revelations. And a whistleblower said an Oxfam aid worker was accused of coercing a woman to have sex “in exchange for aid”. Whistleblower Helen Evans, who worked as Oxfam’s global head of safeguarding between 2012…

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