Oxfam scandal: Penny Mordaunt to meet National Crime Agency

Oxfam scandal: Penny Mordaunt to meet National Crime Agency

Development secretary’s move comes amid mounting pressure over sexual misconduct revelations

The international development secretary, Penny Mordaunt, is to meet investigators from the National Crime Agency to discuss the Oxfam sexual misconduct scandal.

Speaking at a child protection summit in Stockholm, Mordaunt said she would attend an appointment with the NCA after meetings with charity leaders, regulators and experts in recent days.

“While investigations have to be completed and any potential criminals prosecuted accordingly, what is clear is that the culture that allowed this to happen needs to change and it needs to change now,” she said.

Read on… https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/14/oxfam-scandal-penny-mordaunt-to-meet-national-agency

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 Ms Driver said she was “nothing short of horrified” by the allegations.

Oxfam said it was “grateful” for Ms Driver’s commitment and that it was “more committed now than ever to learn from our mistakes”.

The British charity is accused of concealing the findings of an inquiry into claims staff used prostitutes while delivering aid in Haiti in 2011.

Read on… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43053141

Oxfam sex scandal: Aid worker had already been investigated by Merlin

Belgian quit earlier role after warzone sex claims

Oxfam hired the aid worker at the centre of the sex exploitation scandal in Haiti two years after he was forced out of another British humanitarian agency over claims about his use of prostitutes, it was revealed last night.

Roland van Hauwermeiren, 68, was investigated by the charity Merlin, now part of Save The Children, after allegations about his sexual behaviour in wartorn Liberia in 2004. A former Merlin colleague, Paul Hardcastle, told The Times that Mr Van Hauwermeiren used the charity’s drivers to ferry him to clubs to meet prostitutes and take them to the villa rented for him using donated funds.

Read on… https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/oxfam-aid-worker-roland-van-hauwermeiren-had-already-been-investigated-by-merlin-mdsd2wr2

Oxfam sex scandal: Shamed chief picked up girls in war‑torn Liberia

Monrovia in June 2004 was a chaotic city still reeling from the aftermath of a brutal civil war.

Aid workers from agencies around the world had flown in to try to rebuild Liberia’s shattered lives and broken infrastructure. They worked hard by day and many played hard by night.

It was here that Paul Hardcastle, a veteran field worker, met Roland van Hauwermeiren. Both men were in their mid-50s and working for the British health charity Merlin, which has since merged with Save The Children.

Read on… https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/shamed-oxfam-chief-picked-up-girls-in-war-torn-liberia-8tzrxjw5s

Oxfam scandal: High walls hid sex parties from the eyes of Haiti earthquake survivors

Outside the high pink walls the hillside was strewn with ruins. On an adjacent street a particularly unsanitary camp housed some of the homeless.

But the pink walls are high, topped with barbed wire, and even the nearest neighbours across the street could not see the wild “Caligula-style” sex parties that former staff of Oxfam allegedly staged around the T-shaped pool of their rented apartment block after a hard day’s humanitarian work in the year after the earthquake.

Yesterday President Moïse of Haiti expressed his outrage at the parties, which were allegedly filled with prostitutes, including some who may have been minors, and at the report in The Times that Oxfam’s director in 2010 and 2011 had acknowledged using prostitutes at his villa in another part of the capital.

Read on… https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/high-walls-hid-sex-parties-from-the-eyes-of-haiti-earthquake-survivors-xkxrmgcbd

Charity sex scandal: UN staff ‘responsible for 60,000 rapes in a decade’

UN staff have carried out thousands of rapes around the world, a former senior official has claimed.

Andrew MacLeod, who was chief of operations at the UN’s Emergency Co-ordination Centre, said that “predatory” abusers used development jobs to get to vulnerable women and children.

He estimated that 60,000 rapes had been carried out by UN staff in the past decade, with 3,300 paedophiles working in the organisation and its agencies.

Read on… https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/un-staff-responsible-for-60-000-rapes-in-a-decade-c627rx239

Oxfam scandal: Official arrested over corruption

Juan Alberto Fuentes, the chairman of Oxfam International since 2015, has been arrested in Guatemala over corruption allegations.

Guatemala’s former finance minister was detained yesterday as part of an investigation dating back to his time in office. He was arrested alongside Alvaro Colom, the former president of Guatemala, and other former government officials. Both men denied wrongdoing.

Police will question Mr Fuentes over ties to a public transport project in Guatemala City during Mr Colom’s 2008-12 government. Guatemala’s attorney-general’s office is investigating the purchase of more than 3,000 buses in 2009, only 455 of which it claims arrived.

Read on… https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/oxfam-scandal-official-arrested-overcorruption-vbnm60ntk

Oxfam sex scandal: Charity boss is part of problem and must go, says Nigel Evans

Oxfam’s chief executive must quit after reports that he refused to meet the charity’s safeguarding chief about abuse claims, an MP has demanded.

Nigel Evans, a Conservative member of the international development select committee, said that Mark Goldring, was “part of the problem”. He told The Times: “By what Mr Goldring has already conceded, he should go. He has admitted that he didn’t take on board what his own safeguarding officer was saying. He’s part of the problem, not the solution. Let’s get somebody else in who can cleanse the organisation.”

But Oxfam’s trustees insisted they had confidence in Mr Goldring, who has run the charity since 2013. Caroline Thomson, Oxfam’s chairwoman, said: “We have complete confidence in Mark Goldring, he’s doing a brilliant job.”

Read on… https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/charity-boss-is-part-of-problem-and-must-go-says-nigel-evans-mp-bwz572ww0

Previously:

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 … Continue reading

Oxfam sex scandal: Charity chief Mark Goldring knew of allegations

Oxfam sex scandal: Charity chief Mark Goldring knew of allegations Haitian president’s anger at ‘sexual predators’ Oxfam’s chief executive failed to act on allegations that a woman was coerced into having sex in return for aid in a disaster zone, … Continue reading

Oxfam aid workers suspected of having sex with underage prostitutes in Haiti must be named, says International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt

Oxfam was told that aid workers must be named so they can be prosecuted  International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt ordered all evidence of alleged criminal behavior to be sent to law enforcement agencies  Files on each suspect are being sent … Continue reading

The Yorkshire Post says: Oxfam scandal appears to be tip of the iceberg for international aid charities

Oxfam scandal appears to be tip of the iceberg for international aid charities In the 76 years since Oxfam was first founded, originally to send food to starving women and children in Nazi-occupied Greece, the charity has done great good … Continue reading

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