UK warns charities over sexual misconduct as Oxfam scandal widens

UK warns charities over sexual misconduct as Oxfam scandal widens

UK warns charities over sexual misconduct as Oxfam scandal widens

The worldwide 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.

Oxfam was further embroiled in scandal as reports claimed staff also used prostitutes in Chad during a humanitarian mission there in 2006.

He said that it was very important to remember that "there are thousands of people working for Oxfam in some of the most hard places. and we must not forget that Oxfam is one of Britain's most brilliant charities".

Ms Mordaunt announced she would meet the charity on Monday to discuss the case, and said: "If the moral leadership at the top of the organisation is not there then we can not have you as a partner".

"If the moral leadership at the top of the organization isn't there, then we can't have you as a partner", she said.

She added that Oxfam staff had come forward with concerns about the recruitment and vetting of workers involved in the scandal.

MPs have warned about "predatory paedophiles" following sexual assault allegations against more than 120 workers for British leading charities.

"With hindsight, I would much prefer that we had talked about (the) sexual misconduct", Goldring told BBC radio. Oxfam had no immediate response to Mordaunt's comments.

Oxfam Chief Executive Mark Goldring said Saturday it receives less than 10 percent of its funding from DFID and hoped to continue working with the department while rebuilding trust with the public.

Four members of Oxfam staff were dismissed and three, including the country director, resigned before the end of the 2011 investigation.

"Everybody, the 25,000 staff and volunteers are compromised by this".

"If that organisation does not have the moral leadership to do the right thing and where they have evidence of criminal activity, to pass that information onto the relevant authorities, including prosecuting authorities, that's an absolute absence of leadership".

"Through their unacceptable actions, they have undermined the vital, effective and life-changing work carried out by Oxfam, as well as by other aid and humanitarian organisations worldwide". And whilst we are not legally required to disclose information on why former Christian Aid employees have left the organisation, we always aim to provide factual information when asked.

Oxfam, one of the world's most prominent relief agencies, could lose its funding from the British government over reports that its workers exploited survivors of a massive quake in Haiti, and possibly other disasters, for sex.

A DfID spokesman said the way "appalling abuse of vulnerable people" had been dealt with raised serious questions for Oxfam. They initially said they were investigating misconduct, and when they concluded that report they did not tell us the nature of these events.

Marr said: "That was a lie, wasn't it?"

However, he said a report released by the charity did not give details of the allegations.

"I think we should have been open that there was sexual misconduct and that involved the use of prostitutes", he said.

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