Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has stepped down as an ambassador for Oxfam, citing disappointment at the British aid agency's embroilment in a sex scandal involving staff in Haiti after a massive 2010 natural disaster.
Oxfam's former Haiti director Roland van Hauwermeiren, who admitted to his employers he used prostitutes while on a humanitarian mission, has said allegations he hosted sex parties at a charity-funded villa in the earthquake-hit country have been exaggerated.
The country's president Jovenel Moise called that a "basic violation of human decency" and nearly 1300 regular donors have cancelled monthly payments in the light of this and further claims about potential abuse at the charity's United Kingdom shops and elsewhere.
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MSF said it had released the figures to demonstrate transparency after the prostitution scandal at Oxfam.
This afternoon Oxfam GB's chairwoman of trustees, Caroline Thomson, said it would tighten up its procedures to "strengthen the prevention and handling of" sex abuse cases.
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".
There were reports on Wednesday that there had already been complaints about Van Hauwermeiren and his use of prostitutes when he was working for the British medical charity Merlin in Liberia before joining Oxfam. They let individuals who had undertaken criminal activity go, they did not tell prosecuting authorities; they did not tell their regulator and they did not tell their donors.More news: Physicians Realty Trust (NYSE:DOC) Stock Is Shorted More
"Our primary aim was always to root out and take action against those involved and we publicly announced, including to media, both the investigation and the action we took as a result".
Earlier yesterday, the actress Minnie Driver stood down from her ambassador role with Oxfam, saying she was "nothing short of horrified" by the allegations.
In his letter, Allan, who took over the brief from Humza Yousaf two years ago, cites allegations of "serious misconduct and sexual abuse by staff working in the global development sector, specifically in relation to vulnerable groups".
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