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Oxfam admits 'serious error' after re-hiring man sacked over Haiti misconduct

Oxfam admits 'serious error' after re-hiring man sacked over Haiti misconduct

Mr van Hauwermeiren was allowed to resign from Oxfam before an internal inquiry into sexual misconduct by aid workers in Haiti had concluded. She said she raised her concerns once and it cost her job.

Earlier yesterday, the actress Minnie Driver stood down from her ambassador role with Oxfam, saying she was "nothing short of horrified" by the allegations.

Aid group Doctors Without Borders said it had acted on 24 cases of harassment or sexual abuse past year as British charity Oxfam faces a storm over its handling of a sex scandal.

Cafod has also reviewed two historical cases of sexual misconduct allegations against other employees, with one yielding no evidence and the other seeing a staff member dismissed.

The scandal-hit charity said any ban on paying for sex in developing countries would "infringe on people's civil liberties".

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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".

It said it had been told of details of staff misconduct after the natural disaster in Haiti in 2010, which killed 100,000 people - but that it was not told members of staff may have paid for sex with prostitutes who could have been underage, as reported in the Times.

Announcing the move, the head of humanitarian aid at Sida, Susanne Mikhail Eldhagen, said the project, which assists 250,000 people in Iraq, Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, would be suspended, conceding that beneficiaries would be affected.

But she said her name remained on the charity's website because she wanted to show gratitude and support for what they try to do.

Other Catholic aid organizations who work in Haiti also say that they have protocols for aid workers and partners in global development, meant to ensure the protection of the vulnerable people they serve.

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"The recent revelations of sexual exploitation in the aid industry represent a watershed moment for our sector", said ICRC spokesman Sam Smith.

Britain has threatened to stop funding overseas aid agencies if they don't learn the lessons from Oxfam's sex abuse scandal.

The scandal follows a pivotal year for women's rights after allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein sparked the #MeToo campaign, with women taking to social media to share their experiences of abuse. Or to the British people - who they've conned and let down.

Penny Lawrence, the charity's deputy chief, resigned Monday night, citing the charity's failure to adequately respond to allegations of abuse.

In updated numbers on Tuesday, MSF, which employs 42,000 people, said 20 people were sacked in 2017 for sexual abuse or harassment, and 10 people the year before.

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