Oxfam scandal: Penny Mordaunt to meet National Crime Agency
Oxfam Oxfam scandal: Penny Mordaunt to meet National Crime Agency
Development secretaryâs move comes amid mounting pressure over sexual misconduct revelations
The international development secretary, Penny Mordaunt, is to meet investigators from the National Crime Agency to discuss the Oxfam sexual misconduct scandal.
Speaking at a child protection summit in Stockholm, Mordaunt said she would attend an appointment with the NCA after meetings with charity leader s, regulators and experts in recent days.
âWhile investigations have to be completed and any potential criminals prosecuted accordingly, what is clear is that the culture that allowed this to happen needs to change and it needs to change now,â she said.
Her comments come as pressure mounts on the charity over revelations that staff used sex workers in countries including Haiti and Chad.
Marks & Spencer, which has run a âShwoppingâ partnership with Oxfam since 2008, said it was monitoring how the charity dealt with the situation.
The actor Minnie Driver became the first celebrity pa tron of Oxfam to step down in the wake of the scandal.
Mordaunt has stopped short of stripping Oxfam of its government funding, but insists the charity provide full details of those involved in the misconduct to authorities in the UK and abroad to allow legal action to begin.
Allegations have also emerged that one of the aid officials embroiled in the scandal was forced out by another British charity seven years earlier following an investigation into the use of sex workers.
Roland van Hauwermeiren is said to have agreed to leave his job with Merlin in Liberia in 2004 following an invest igation into sex parties with local women, according to the humanitarian news website Irin. Merlin, a medical emergency relief charity, has since merged with Save the Children.
Van Hauwermeiren went on to work for Oxfam in Chad and Haiti, where the charityâs staff are alleged to have used sex workers. An investigation by the Times found Van Hauwermeiren resigned from his role as the head of mission in Haiti in 2011 after admitting that prostitutes had visited his villa there. He later worked for the French charity Action Against Hunger as country director in Bangladesh.Topics
- Penny Mordaunt
- Voluntary sector
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