Tutu quits as Oxfam ambassador over aid agency's sex scandal

  • Tutu quits as Oxfam ambassador over aid agency's sex scandal

Tutu quits as Oxfam ambassador over aid agency's sex scandal

The charity sector has come under increased scrutiny in Britain after the UK's global development secretary Penny Mordaunt threatened to cut funding to any organisation that fails to ensure the highest standards are met on its staff members behaviour. Allegations of a cover-up has worsened the situation.

Oxfam's leaders are accused of trying to cover up the behaviour of some of its senior staff members deployed to Haiti after the devastating 2010 quake.

Her comments follow claims that some of Oxfam's aid workers used prostitutes in Haiti following the 2010 quake.

An aid worker familiar with the case told IRIN that Van Hauwermeiren and other staff members were "shameless".

Aid group Doctors Without Borders said it had acted on 24 cases of harassment or sexual abuse a year ago as British charity Oxfam faces a storm over its handling of a sex scandal.

When she saw an initial report about Van Hauwermeiren in The Times newspaper last week, she remembered thinking: "Oh my God, he's been doing this for 14 years".

That men could be exploiting some of the most vulnerable people in the poorest country in the Americas, all the while being paid to advocate for their wellbeing, is a hypocrisy not lost on Josefine [a onetime Oxford employee who made an accusation against Van Hauwermeiren].

Mr van Hauwermeiren admitted certain details that had come to light were accurate.

Josefine is still too scared to talk freely. "And it needs to change now", she said. It was enough to put her off from trying again.

"The vast majority of aid workers are good people".

After resigning from Oxfam, he went on to work for French charity Action Against Hunger in Bangladesh.

Speaking at the NME Awards, he said the festival had raised £6 million for the charity and that "a few dodgy people" should not discredit its good work.

The NCA has been "closely monitoring" allegations of overseas abuse and has said it has a range of powers to investigate certain sexual offences committed outside the UK.

He is not the first Oxfam ambassador to step down from their post for the charity following the allegations.

He said rumours of aid staff paying for sex in Chad in 2006 were "complete nonsense".

The Oxfam employee at the epicenter of a sexual misconduct scandal in Haiti, Ronald van Hauwermeiren, had a track record known to the organization. She wrote on Twitter that "Haiti wasn't an isolated incident". For its part Oxfam must address this abuse diligently and transparently.

The scandal follows a pivotal year for women's rights after allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein sparked the #MeToo campaign, with women taking to social media to share their experiences of abuse.

"The dismissal was not related to sexual misconduct and was not connected to the case in 2011, however, there were allegations of inappropriate behaviour".

Ten per cent of staff in some countries had been sexually assaulted by colleagues or witnessed abuse, she added.

In the wake of the latest revelations, over 1,200 Oxfam contributors canceled their donations on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.