Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Actress Minnie Driver steps down as Oxfam ambassador over Haiti scandal

Actress Minnie Driver steps down as Oxfam ambassador over Haiti scandal

The British Government said Sunday it is warning all charities that receive United Kingdom aid to step up efforts to tackle sexual misconduct among staff or face having their funding cut, amid further fallout from a prostitution scandal involving Oxfam workers in Haiti in 2011.

In a letter to all Scottish global development organisations, worldwide development minister Dr Alasdair Allan said the Scottish Government expects the "highest moral and ethical standards from those we fund" and would not "tolerate any form of human rights abuses or misconduct, wherever they take place".

A spokeswoman for the Co-operative Bank, which has allowed donations to be made through Oxfam credit card payments, said: "We are monitoring the situation closely and are in touch with Oxfam about the issues".

He added: "I feel great responsibility for the trust that you all - as supporters, shoppers, staff and volunteers - place in Oxfam and I know that these devastating reports will have damaged that trust".

Mordaunt said she was due to meet the head of Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) on Thursday.

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Depending on its outcome, the government will decide whether to stop or cut back on money given to Oxfam which in 2016-17 amounted to £31.7 million.

Pressure is now mounting on Mark Goldring, Oxfam's chief executive, who will be summoned to appear before a committee of MPs to be questioned about his response to the scandal.

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The Good Will Hunting star said she was "horrified" by allegations that some Oxfam staff had sex with prostitutes in crisis-hit Chad and Haiti.

The British actress has worked with Oxfam for over 20 years and has traveled to Cambodia and Thailand to raise awareness in her ambassadorial role for the charity.

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"It is important that we take this urgent step to ensure that these matters can be dealt with fully and robustly".

He used a slot on BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day on Tuesday to ask: 'Why have the revelations about staff using prostitutes done Oxfam quite so much damage?

She has also called on all British charities active outside the country to provide moral leadership and transparency about their operations.

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Meanwhile a chairman of Oxfam International has stepped down as he fights charges in Guatemala in relation to a corruption case involving a bus concession.

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In a statement Oxfam International said it supports Dr Juan Alberto Fuentes Knight "and his decision to devote his time now to vigorously contest these charges".

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