Oxfam lied and failed in moral leadership over Haiti sex allegations - minister

Oxfam lied and failed in moral leadership over Haiti sex allegations - minister

Oxfam lied and failed in moral leadership over Haiti sex allegations - minister

The global development secretary has said the government will end funding to Oxfam unless the charity shows "moral leadership" and hands over all its information on its aid workers' apparent use of prostitutes in Haiti.

The move follows growing pressure on the charity after an investigation by The Times found young sex workers were hired by senior staff in Haiti after the 2010 natural disaster which devastated the island and left up to 300,000 people dead.

But Theresa May says she is "proud" of the UK's record on foreign aid and remains committed to the UK's requirement to spend 0.7% of the country's gross national income on overseas assistance.

Ms Mordaunt has written to all United Kingdom charities which receive United Kingdom aid to tell them they must declare all safeguarding concerns or lose Government funding.

Meanwhile, the Department for International Development (DFID) said on Friday it was reviewing its relationship with the UK-based charity, to which it gave almost £32 million (RM175 million) previous year.

All of these would be followed up, she told the BBC's Andrew Marr. "We were not told about the nature of these events".

"I have so much respect for Oxfam, they do great work, but this is a sector-wide problem".

"They did tell the Charity Commission there was sexually inappropriate behaviour, bullying and harassment of employees, but they did not report that to us". Asked if that was a lie, Mordaunt said: "Well, quite".

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She added: "They did absolutely the wrong thing".

"I am going to afford them the opportunity to speak to me tomorrow, but I want to make clear: it doesn't matter if you've got a whistleblowing hotline".

When it happened, she said, new whistle-blowing procedures, safeguarding practises and training were put in place.

She will meet with the charities regulator this week.

"Our primary aim was always to root out and take action against those involved and we publicly announced, including to media, both the investigation and the action we took as a result". "If the moral leadership at the top of the organisation isn't there then we can not have you as a partner".

There had been other incidents since 2011, he said, but "nothing on the scale of this severity".

Penny Mordaunt condemned the behaviour of some Oxfam staff members as a "complete betrayal", as she threatened to pull government funding ahead of the meeting.

The Charity Commission said on Saturday that it had written to Oxfam "as a matter of urgency" to request further information, saying in a statement: "Our approach to this matter would have been different had the full details that have been reported been disclosed to us at the time". Among the provisions is a pledge to work with other aid organizations to overcome "the legal difficulties which have so far prevented us from sharing intelligence" with other aid agencies regarding staff members previously accused of misconduct.

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