UK News Former aid minister 'shocked' by Oxfam claims

13:39  13 february  2018
13:39  13 february  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

What the papers say – February 13

  What the papers say – February 13 The latest developments in the Oxfam abuse allegations feature in Tuesday’s papers.The Times runs with the Oxfam story, saying that the chief executive “failed to act” on allegations that a woman was coerced into sex in return for aid in a disaster zone.

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 Video: Greening 'not aware' of Oxfam claims

Minnie Driver quits Oxfam role over sex scandal

  Minnie Driver quits Oxfam role over sex scandal Actress Minnie Driver is the first celebrity to resign as an Oxfam ambassador in protest at the sex scandal engulfing the charity. The Good Will Hunting star said she was "horrified" by allegations that some Oxfam staff had sex with prostitutes in crisis-hit Chad and Haiti.Several of Oxfam's corporate sponsors including Sainsbury's, Visa, M&S and the Co-op bank, have said they contacted the charity to raise concerns about the claims.In a statement to The Telegraph, Driver said: "I am nothing short of horrified by the allegations against Oxfam International.

Home > World News > Former aid minister Priti Patel claims government officials tried to hush up Oxfam abuse. The government’s aid supremo also admitted charity donors will have been put off from giving by the shocking revelations.

Her claim came as her successor at DFID, Penny Mordaunt, accused Oxfam of failing in its “moral Senior DFID staff told the former minister – who resigned three months ago The government’s aid supremo also admitted charity donors will have been put off from giving by the shocking revelations.

Former international development secretary Justine Greening has said she does not recall being aware of the allegations surrounding senior Oxfam aid workers in Haiti. 

Speaking to Sky News, the Tory MP said she was "absolutely shocked" to hear of the allegations that some of the charity's employees used prostitutes in the country following the 2010 earthquake.

She said: "I don't recall being aware of those allegations but I certainly know that whenever I had any instances raised with me they would always would have been followed up.

"I'm not the kind of person who would have ignored anything like that, why would anyone?"

Justine Greening served as secretary of state for international development between 2012 and 2016.

What the papers say – February 14

  What the papers say – February 14 Brexit speeches and the ongoing Oxfam scandal feature prominently on the front pages.The Times leads with the latest developments in the Oxfam sex scandal, reporting that the charity’s director in Haiti – Roland van Hauwermeiren – had already been investigated for allegedly using prostitutes while working for another charity.

The Prime Minister has called the UK’s charity regulator to launch a “full and urgent investigation of these very “Moreover we received positive references from former Oxfam staff – in their individual capacities – who Read: Oxfam aid workers used prostitutes during Haiti relief efforts, report claims .

Downing Street has refused to say it has full confidence in senior Government officials after a former Cabinet minister claimed they knew about allegations of sex abuse by aid workers. An Oxfam spokesman said: “We are shocked and dismayed about the latest revelations from Chad.

She said that in the first half of 2016 the department was starting to look into how to keep track of people in the NGO sector "who were not behaving appropriately" in order to "make sure they were never allowed to circulate around the system."

Oxfam is at the centre of a sex worker scandal © Getty Oxfam is at the centre of a sex worker scandal "That's something I think the NGO sector themselves should have been taking a lead on. They weren't - but it's certainly a question I raise with them," she said.

The comments come as an inquiry into Oxfam's sex scandal by the Charity Commission is due to get under way on Tuesday after the resignation of one of the aid agency's most senior figures.

Deputy chief executive Penny Lawrence said she took full responsibility for what had happened on her watch and was sorry for the "harm and distress" it had caused supporters.

The charity now faces a battle to "rebuild the public trust" following crisis talks with the Government over future funding, its chief executive Mark Goldring has said.

Oxfam re-hired man fired over sex misconduct claim

  Oxfam re-hired man fired over sex misconduct claim An Oxfam worker fired over sexual misconduct allegations in Haiti was later re-hired by the charity in Ethiopia, it has emerged. Oxfam said the decision to employ the man as a consultant in the African nation was a "serious error".Several staff were sacked or resigned in 2011 over a string of lurid claims, including that they had used prostitutes while delivering aid to earthquake-hit Haiti.In a statement, Oxfam said re-hiring one of those workers in Ethiopia "should never have happened"."We are still checking how this occurred," the charity added.

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Downing Street has refused to say it has full confidence in senior Government officials after a former Cabinet minister claimed they knew about allegations of sex abuse by aid workers. An Oxfam spokesman said: “We are shocked and dismayed about the latest revelations from Chad.

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt told Sky News on Tuesday: "I know people will be worried about the charity, they'll be worried about the money, but we need to be guided by what the Charity Commission are doing.

"And also I have made it very clear to Oxfam what we expect to see from them but these decisions shouldn't be taken hastily."

The comments come after Helen Evans, Oxfam's former head of global safeguarding, said she was told of three examples of sexual misconduct in the space of 24 hours during her time in the post.

She was told about two women being coerced to have sex and a worker who had failed to say he had previously been struck off for sex abuse.

Ms Evans told Channel 4 News: "There was... a woman being coerced to have sex in a humanitarian response by another aid worker, another case where a woman had been coerced in exchange for aid and another one where it had

come to our attention where a member of staff had been struck off for sexual abuse and hadn't disclosed that, and we were then concerned about what he might be doing, and that was three allegations in one day."

Ex-Oxfam Haiti boss: Sex party claims 'nonsense'

  Ex-Oxfam Haiti boss: Sex party claims 'nonsense' The man at the centre of the Oxfam sex scandal has broken his silence, denying allegations he solicited prostitutes or held sex parties while working for the charity.  In a TV interview accompanied by a long open letter, Roland van Hauwermeiren said that much of what was alleged against him was "absolute nonsense".“Of course I’m not regarded very well by people perhaps who were less professional journalists who allege that Oxfam is an instrument to have sex orgies with the help of upstanding citizens but that’s absolute nonsense.” Mr van Hauwermeiren told Belgium’s VTM television.

He said: “Many people who support Oxfam will be shocked and saddened by this highly political campaigning in domestic British politics. Former adviser to Labour shadow Cabinet minister Douglas Alexander. Jo Cox. Oxfam : Former head of policy, Oxfam .

Downing Street has refused to say it has full confidence in senior Government officials after a former Cabinet minister claimed they knew about allegations of sex abuse by aid workers. An Oxfam spokesman said: “We are shocked and dismayed about the latest revelations from Chad.

Aid workers allegedly hosted sex parties with prostitutes © Reuters Aid workers allegedly hosted sex parties with prostitutes Oxfam has been given until the end of the week to detail how it will handle any further allegations.

In a statement posted to Twitter, Ms Evans claimed the allegations surrounding Oxfam's work in Haiti were not an "isolated incident" and that claims began to "flood in" as reporting mechanisms were strengthened.

In response to Ms Evans' claims, an Oxfam spokesperson said: "We regret that we did not act on Helen's concerns much quicker and with more resources."

They added that the charity had "introduced a whole range of measures to improve how we deal with safeguarding issues".

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Oxfam barred from working in Haiti amid scandal .
Haiti has suspended Oxfam from operating in the country amid an investigation into the charity's sex scandal.The Caribbean nation's government announced Oxfam has had its authorisation to work in Haiti revoked for at least two months over "serious failings" between 2010 and 2011.

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