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Pressure Mounts On OXFAM Over Sex Abuse By Aid Workers

Pressure Mounts On OXFAM Over Sex Abuse By Aid Workers

Oxfam administration conceded to no public funds until its conditions improved.

South African Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu, British actress Minnie Driver and Senegalese musician Baaba Maal have all resigned as Oxfam celebrity ambassadors in the wake of the sexual misconduct allegations and Britain's charity regulator has launched an investigation. "I want them to come forward and for justice to be done for them", she told the BBC.

Mr Clarken added: "This review marks the beginning of change for Oxfam as an global organisation - Oxfam Ireland is 100% committed to playing our part and to working with others in government and across the sector to implement urgent reforms that enable us to do more and do better for the world's poorest".

Oxfam said it would create an independent commission which will have the power to access records and interview staff in a bid to stamp out abuse and impose stricter controls on employees.

"We will continue to support Oxfam's incredible work for many more years to come", she added.

Mr Van Hauwermeiren, who left Oxfam in 2011 amid a sexual misconduct inquiry, has denied hiring prostitutes but said he had "intimate relations" with a woman who was "not a prostitute". The allegations relate to Oxfam Great Britain, one of 20 affiliates that make up Oxfam International. "But I never gave into these advances", he said.

He also disclosed that one of the men sacked after being accused of using prostitutes was given a job reference from the charity, but it was written by a colleague who was too fired over the allegations.

"The hardest thing is that my family has rejected me", he said. However, the British government has criticized the group's lack of transparency.

He said his government "is willing and getting ready to take legal action against individuals" involved in the scandal - possibly including van Hauwermeiren and members of his staff.

Oxfam's regional director for Asia Lan Mercado earlier this week told the BBC she was aware of cases of sexual abuse involving staff in Bangladesh, Nepal and the Philippines between 2009 and 2013.

"We need to make sure anyone guilty of such gross misconduct is not able to move between different organisations, exposing more vulnerable people to risk", said Ms Byanyima.

They are also setting up a global database of accredited referees to ensure sex offenders can not re-offend at other charities, and improving the organisation's "whistleblowing mechanism".


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