Lawmakers to question Oxfam on handling of abuse scandal

Four Oxfam aid workers were fired and three resigned following an internal investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct in Haiti, according to a report published by the charity.

In the interview with The Guardian yesterday, Mr Goldring accused critics of "gunning" for the charity over the Haiti sex scandal.

Opposition Labour politician and International Development committee chair Stephen Twigg said Goldring's comments in a newspaper interview were regarded by many as "grossly inappropriate", and on Tuesday Goldring apologised.

Goldring said there had been 26 reports of sexual misconduct since the news of the Haiti abuse broke, of which 16 related to worldwide programmes.

"There are 26 cases that have come forward".

Thousands of people have canceled their donations to Oxfam since the scandal broke.

"We've communicated that to the minister and we've given as best we can explanations as to what happened in 2011", Simon Ticehurst, Oxfam's regional director, told reporters on Monday, after meeting Aviol Fleurant, Haiti's minister of planning and external cooperation. "Our investigation included trying to speak to the women involved. and it interviewed as numerous women as it could trace". He admitted, however, that this did not mean no women under the age of 18 were involved. Jovenel Moise said: 'There are other NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the same situation, but they hide the information internally. "These poor girls have had a natural disaster". "You are all supposed to be good people trying to help the world, but it would appear you are not as good as you should be".

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"But they were able to get away, to get a recommendation to leave".

"It was not for Oxfam to decide whether a crime had been committed. that was the wrong decision".

Mark Goldring, the Oxfam boss, made a separate apology following his controversial comments while defending the organisation.

I repeat Oxfam's broader apology and my personal apology. I shouldn't have put my own sleep, or lack of it, in the public domain. "I was thinking about wonderful work I've seen Oxfam do across the world, most recently with refugees coming from Myanmar", he said. At that stage we will make further decisions about continuing or amending how those programmes are delivered. I was thinking about the incredible work I have seen Oxfam do across the world.

Oxfam CEO Mark Goldring apologised "wholeheartedly" on behalf of Oxfam for the sexual misconduct scandal. The charity, which did not supply a reference when asked for one by another charity, should have been more proactive in warning them, he said.

"If we were culpable, which we were, they should have been completely transparent", he told the committee.

  • Tabitha Byrd