Sexual assault cover-up claims in South Sudan rock Oxfam

Further claims of sex abuse and cover up have hit Oxfam

Further claims of sex abuse and cover up have hit Oxfam

Haiti's president, Jovenel Moise, said Oxfam's behavior had been "an extremely serious violation of human dignity". The newspaper alleges some of those prostitutes may have been underaged.

Mr Goldring is likely to be among senior Oxfam figures to face a grilling by MPs next week, as the House of Commons' International Development Committee meets on Tuesday in response to the charity's ongoing scandal. It now consists of 19 separate global committees, and is one of the largest aid federations in the world.

We have complete confidence in Mark Goldring, he's doing a brilliant job and Oxfam's a wonderful organisation which is going through some hard times, she told Sky News.

"CAFOD has a zero-tolerance approach to misconduct breaching our Code of Behavior, including fraud, abuse, intimidation and other acts", said Chris Bain, the director of the Catholic agency.

The deputy chief executive of Oxfam resigned over the British charity's handling of a prostitution scandal in Haiti involving its staff members and allegations of similar behaviour in Chad. The European Union has also said its funding to the charity could be at risk if new safeguards are not put into place, and corporate donors are also asking questions about the aid agency.

Helen Evans opened up about her struggles to work as a safeguard against sexual assault at the British-based charity, which has come under scrutiny after reports of staff hiring prostitutes for a "Caligula orgy" in natural disaster ravaged Haiti and war-torn Chad.

According to The Times, Oxfam knew about concerns over the conduct of Mr van Hauwermeiren and another man when they worked in Chad before they were given senior roles in Haiti. "There was an exploration of how should the organization respond but we didn't act on it".

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While Oxfam investigated the allegations of misconduct in 2011 and told the Department for International Development it had dismissed a number of its employees, it failed to report the allegations were about sexual misconduct towards the charity's beneficiaries.

Nor does the Commission's statement mention allegations about some Oxfam staff in Chad using women sex workers. We will do our utmost to be transparent, sharing information that is provided to us. Different aid groups often must rely heavily on the recommendation letters received from previous employers when making hiring decisions. "Our commitment to them is steadfast, and we will continue to vigilantly prevent abuse by aid workers from happening, and ensure swift action when concerns are raised".

Oxfam's investigation into events in Haiti led us to review and strengthen our "safeguarding" policies and practices.

Writing in The Daily Telegraph, the former foreign secretary said there was an "overwhelming strategic, as well as moral, imperative to deliver aid to the world's poorest people", but that the sector needs to show it is setting and meeting the highest standards.

Ms Evans detailed three new allegations made against Oxfam staff overseas in a single day.

Evans said that the disclosures about the use of prostitutes in Haiti were "not a surprise", as she had been informing the Charity Commission of her concerns since 2015. "That would be a awful outcome for the millions of people throughout the world who face crisis and rely on outside help".

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