Oxfam welcomes scrutiny amid scandal

Oxfam welcomes scrutiny amid scandal

Oxfam welcomes scrutiny amid scandal

Actress Minnie Driver has quit as an Oxfam ambassador after 20 years with the charity, becoming the first celebrity to step down following allegations that senior staff members paid for sex with locals in crisis zones.

Oxfam is facing a Charity Commission inquiry after a bombshell Times investigation first reported allegations of sexual impropriety by senior aid workers in earthquake-hit Haiti in 2010.

On Monday, the European Union ordered Oxfam to explain itself over a 2011 prostitution scandal in Haiti, warning charities that the bloc would cut their funding if they breached ethical standards.

During her work for the charity she travelled to Cambodia and Thailand to highlight the charity's work and also performed at a fundraising concert.

In a survey published last Friday, supplemented by an article dated Monday, February 12, the London newspaper accuses several agents and executives of Oxfam, which often plays the role of the Polisario's lawyer, to have used prostitutes at the expense of the humanitarian organization.

The probe led to the sacking of four Oxfam employees, the charity said on Friday, adding that three people, including the country director, resigned before the end of the investigation.

Penny Lawrence, the deputy chief executive of Oxfam, has resigned amid this sex scandal, telling people that she is "desperately sorry" for the whole situation.

"All I can tell you about this very bad revelation about Oxfam is that I am devastated", the Oscar-nominated actress wrote on Twitter.

Oxfam bosses could lose £30 million ($42 million) in annual government funding if authorities find evidence of foul play.

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said Oxfam had failed to show "moral leadership" and had failed to properly inform donors, regulators and prosecutors about the actions of its workers.

The Telegraph also reported that Christian Aid recorded two incidents of sexual harassment, Save the Children 31 and Oxfam 87 according to figures compiled by charities about cases in Britain and overseas.

She is expected to add: "Unless you safeguard everyone your organisation comes into contact with, including beneficiaries, staff and volunteers - we will not fund you".

"I am nothing short of horrified by the allegations against Oxfam International".

Haiti's president has condemned the British charity, describing the alleged misbehaviour of aid workers handling natural disaster recovery efforts as a violation of basic human decency.

In a statement, Oxfam Quebec said it was shocked and outraged by the Haiti allegations.

"The approach that we are taking is that we need to triple check that matters of the past have been appropriately dealt with", she said.
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