British Oxfam Permanently Banned from Haiti: Charity is Ordered Out After Sex Scandal Involving Staff

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A government statement said the ban was because of Oxfam’s violation of law

Aviol Fleurant, minister of planning and external cooperation, said ban is forever

Its former Haiti director, Roland van Hauwermeiren, admitted paying for sex  

Oxfam Great Britain chief executive Mark Goldring announced his resignation last month, saying that someone else should help 'rebuild' the group following the scandal in Haiti

Oxfam Great Britain chief executive Mark Goldring announced his resignation last month, saying that someone else should help ‘rebuild’ the group following the scandal in Haiti

Oxfam, which had been present in Haiti since 1978, greatly increased its presence there following the catastrophic earthquake of 2010, as did scores of other nongovernmental organizations.

But a 2011 Oxfam report, made public this year, said the group’s then-country director, Roland van Hauwermeiren, had admitted paying for sex and that three staff members had physically threatened a witness.

Four Oxfam employees were fired for ‘gross misconduct’ and three others, including Van Hauwermeiren, were allowed to quit.

Oxfam Great Britain chief executive Mark Goldring announced his resignation last month, saying that someone else should help ‘rebuild’ the group following the scandal in Haiti.

Oxfam Great Britain, part of Oxfam International, saw its funding plummet amid the damaging revelations.

The scandal sparked additional claims about aid workers in Chad, Bangladesh, Nepal and the Philippines, prompting Oxfam to launch a global action plan against sexual harassment and abuse. 

SOURCE:  Daily Mail

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