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UK News Minnie Driver quits Oxfam role over sex scandal

07:50  14 february  2018
07:50  14 february  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

What the papers say – February 13

  What the papers say – February 13 The latest developments in the Oxfam abuse allegations feature in Tuesday’s papers.The Times runs with the Oxfam story, saying that the chief executive “failed to act” on allegations that a woman was coerced into sex in return for aid in a disaster zone.

Minnie Driver has become the first celebrity to quit as an Oxfam ambassador following allegations senior staff working in crisis zones paid for sex with vulnerable locals . The Good Will Hunting star resigned after 20 years with the charity, saying she was "horrified" by the scandal .

Actress Minnie Driver is the first celebrity to resign as an Oxfam ambassador in protest at the sex scandal engulfing the charity. Save The Children said it had never employed van Hauwermeiren, who left his role with Merlin nine years before the two organisations merged.

Minnie Driver at an Oxfam event in LA in 2010 © Getty Minnie Driver at an Oxfam event in LA in 2010

Actress Minnie Driver is the first celebrity to resign as an Oxfam ambassador in protest at the sex scandal engulfing the charity.

The Good Will Hunting star said she was "horrified" by allegations that some Oxfam staff had sex with prostitutes in crisis-hit Chad and Haiti.

Several of Oxfam's corporate sponsors including Sainsbury's, Visa, M&S and the Co-op bank, have said they contacted the charity to raise concerns about the claims.

In a statement to The Telegraph, Driver said: "I am nothing short of horrified by the allegations against Oxfam International.

Oxfam re-hired man fired over sex misconduct claim

  Oxfam re-hired man fired over sex misconduct claim An Oxfam worker fired over sexual misconduct allegations in Haiti was later re-hired by the charity in Ethiopia, it has emerged. Oxfam said the decision to employ the man as a consultant in the African nation was a "serious error".Several staff were sacked or resigned in 2011 over a string of lurid claims, including that they had used prostitutes while delivering aid to earthquake-hit Haiti.In a statement, Oxfam said re-hiring one of those workers in Ethiopia "should never have happened"."We are still checking how this occurred," the charity added.

Actor, who had been an ambassador for the charity, said she was devastated by revelations.

British actress Minnie Driver quit her role as an Oxfam ambassador late Tuesday, saying she was "devastated" by the charity's response to a sex scandal involving its aid workers. Driver was the first celebrity to quit the global charity as accusations over staff paying for prostitutes.

"In no uncertain terms do I plan to continue my support of this organisation or its leaders.

The British actress said she had supported Oxfam for 20 years, adding: "I certainly will not let the abhorrent mistakes of a troubling organisation stop me or anyone else from working with good people in this space to support a population of human beings around the world that needs our help."

Minnie Driver at a charity event hosted by Oxfam in Los Angeles in 2010 © Getty Minnie Driver at a charity event hosted by Oxfam in Los Angeles in 2010 Driver, 48, travelled to Thailand and Cambodia in her role with Oxfam and performed at a charity concert in London in 2004, joining stars such as Chris Martin, Razorlight and REM.

In a statement, Oxfam said the actress had been a "devoted Oxfam supporter for many years".

Ex-Oxfam Haiti boss: Sex party claims 'nonsense'

  Ex-Oxfam Haiti boss: Sex party claims 'nonsense' The man at the centre of the Oxfam sex scandal has broken his silence, denying allegations he solicited prostitutes or held sex parties while working for the charity.  In a TV interview accompanied by a long open letter, Roland van Hauwermeiren said that much of what was alleged against him was "absolute nonsense".“Of course I’m not regarded very well by people perhaps who were less professional journalists who allege that Oxfam is an instrument to have sex orgies with the help of upstanding citizens but that’s absolute nonsense.” Mr van Hauwermeiren told Belgium’s VTM television.

British actress Minnie Driver quit her role as an Oxfam ambassador late Tuesday, saying she was "devastated" by the charity's response to a sex scandal involving its aid workers. Driver was the first celebrity to quit the global charity as accusations over staff paying for prostitutes.

British actress Minnie Driver quit her role as an Oxfam ambassador late Tuesday, saying she was "devastated" by the charity's response to a sex scandal involving its aid workers. Driver was the first celebrity to quit the global charity as accusations over staff paying for prostitutes during crises widened.

"Her decision to step down as an Oxfam Ambassador saddens us deeply, but we also understand and respect her choice," the charity said.

"As an organisation, we are ashamed by the actions of some of our staff and are more committed now than ever to learn from our mistakes and ensure we uphold the highest levels of safeguarding standards in our work around the world."

Oxfam aid workers are alleged to have used prostitutes in Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010 and in Chad in 2006.

More than 1,200 people have reportedly cancelled their monthly donations to the charity following the claims, first published by the Times.

It has been reported that the aid worker at the centre of the scandal, Roland van Hauwermeiren, joined Oxfam after he left another British charity over similar allegations of sexual misconduct.

Van Hauwermeiren resigned from his role with medical relief charity Merlin in Liberia in 2004 after an investigation into sex parties with local young women, according to humanitarian news website Irin.

World Vision denies staff exploited Haiti victims

  World Vision denies staff exploited Haiti victims Government-funded charity World Vision has denied allegations its staff sexually exploited Haiti earthquake survivors. Paid employees of the evangelical Christian charity were accused of forcing Haitians in 2010 to have sex or pay money for World Food Programme aid, according to a report in the Mail on Sunday.A statement from World Vision said the allegation "misrepresents our actions and omits key findings from our investigations which we described publicly... several years ago".

London, United Kingdom: British actress Minnie Driver quit her role as an Oxfam ambassador late Tuesday, saying she was "devastated" by the charity's response to a sex scandal involving its aid workers.

LONDON, Feb 14 — British actress Minnie Driver quit her role as an Oxfam ambassador late yesterday, saying she was “devastated” by the charity’s response to a sex scandal involving its aid workers. Driver was the first celebrity to quit the global charity as accusations over staff paying for

Aid agencies stepped in to help the thousands left homeless after the Haiti earthquake © Getty Aid agencies stepped in to help the thousands left homeless after the Haiti earthquake He denied the allegations but agreed to stand down, it added.

Former aid worker Amira Malik Miller told Irin she raised concerns about van Hauwermeiren and several colleagues to Merlin, which merged with Save The Children in 2013.

Oxfam said it could not find records on its recruitment of van Hauwermeiren but its policy at the time was to get two references including a former employer.

An Oxfam spokeswoman said: "This case further illustrates the need for a sector wide approach to track individuals guilty of misconduct and why we announced on Sunday a package of measures to strengthen our vetting and recruitment procedures."

The Charity Commission said it had contacted Save The Children to establish if it had records of Ms Miller's complaints.

A spokeswoman told Sky News: "This clearly raises issues for UK charities about recruitment, vetting and references for charity personnel, particularly in the context of international aid work to ensure that people who pose a significant risk to charities, their work and reputation are not allowed to infiltrate the charity sector."

Save The Children said it had never employed van Hauwermeiren, who left his role with Merlin nine years before the two organisations merged.

"We are unable to assist any further in this matter," a spokeswoman said.

The Charity Commission has launched a statutory inquiry amid concerns that Oxfam may not have "fully and frankly disclosed material details" when it first investigated the allegations of misconduct in 2011.

Oxfam barred from working in Haiti amid scandal .
Haiti has suspended Oxfam from operating in the country amid an investigation into the charity's sex scandal.The Caribbean nation's government announced Oxfam has had its authorisation to work in Haiti revoked for at least two months over "serious failings" between 2010 and 2011.

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