Pressure on Oxfam over sex allegations

What the papers say- February 9

Oxfam said it had publicly announced the investigation in 2011, though the press release issued at the time contained no specific details about sexual misconduct.

Last night former aid Secretary Priti Patel demanded police prosecute the seven Oxfam aid workers in a blistering attack on the "woeful" charity.

"These girls wearing Oxfam T-shirts, running around half-naked, it was like a full-on Caligula orgy".

"It is important that charities engage with the regulator frankly and openly".

The incident was reported to the appropriate bodies, including the Charities [sic] Commission. Oxfam has been working in Haiti as part of relief efforts linked to the devastating natural disaster in 2010 which killed more than 200,000 people. "It was unbelievable. It was insane", the source told the Times, about parties at the house. "These men used to talk about holding "young meat barbecues".

A Times investigation revealed that Oxfam covered up the scandal in Haiti.

Roland van Hauwermeiren, 68, who was forced to resign as Haiti country director in 2011 after admitting having prostitutes visit his Oxfam villa, went on to become head of mission for Action Against Hunger in Bangladesh in 2012-14, British newspaper The Times reported. "The director of country fully assumed responsibility for events that occurred under his management and was allowed to resign on basis that he co-operated and supported investigation", spokesperson added. Oxfam has admitted that no criminal reports were made to the Haitian authorities because "it was extremely unlikely that any action would be taken".

Responding to a report in The Times newspaper, Oxfam admitted that the behaviour of some of its staff had been "totally unacceptable".

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

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Four employees were fired and three others, including Roland van Hauwermeiren, resigned before the end of the internal investigation, said Oxfam.

'Allegations that underage girls may have been involved were not proven. The organization says it received no warning of allegations against Hauwemeiren.

There are also conflicting reports over whether Oxfam ever reported the incidents to the Charity Commission as it claimed to have done.

A Charity Commission spokeswoman said: "Charities are rightly held to the highest standards".

The Times of London's investigation, which was published Thursday, also detailed allegations that Oxfam's country director used prostitutes, as part of the raft of misconduct alleged to have occurred while the organization deployed to help the reeling island nation recover after a devastating 2010 natural disaster.

"It explained that the misconduct related to inappropriate sexual behaviour, bullying, harassment and the intimidation of staff". It also made no mention of any potential sexual crimes involving minors. This information will be considered as part of an ongoing case regarding the charity's approach to safeguarding.

As part of that, we have already asked the charity to review historic safeguarding allegations and its response to them at the time.

"The public expects charities to be safe and trusted environments that safeguard those who come into contact with them", a Charity Commission spokeswoman said.

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