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18 February 2018, 06:06 | Audrey Hill
Pressure Mounts On OXFAM Over Sex Abuse By Aid Workers
It has neither confirmed nor denied a recent Times of London report that some of its staff paid for sex with prostitutes.
She said ministers "reserve the right to take whatever decisions about present or future funding to Oxfam, and any other organisation, that we deem necessary". "But I never gave into these advances", he said.
She invited victims to come forward "for justice to be done" for them, saying she was "here for all the women who have been abused".
"Oxfam will be a standard bearer of safety and dignity for all who interact with us", she said on twitter.
Oxfam's Chief Executive, Mark Goldring, has said the scale and intensity of the criticism against the British charity in the wake of claims that its workers used prostitutes in Haiti, were out of proportion to its level of culpability.
The executive director of Oxfam, one of the leading worldwide relief organizations in the world, has apologized and asked forgiveness in the wake of allegations that a former director hired prostitutes in disaster zones.
Speaking to reporters with the Het Nieuwsblad newspaper, who tracked him on the Belgian coast, Van Hauwermeiren said there were "lots of lies and exaggerations" in media reports.
One of the best-known global NGOs, with aid programmes running across the globe, Oxfam is under threat of losing its British government funding over the sexual misconduct allegations. "And I did not give her any money", he said, adding that he was however "deeply ashamed" of the liaison.
The organisation has said that the names of the men involved have already been shared with the Haitian authorities.
The charity admitted yesterday it rehired one of those sacked in Haiti just months later and is now checking whether any complaints were subsequently made.
Oxfam's regional director for Asia Lan Mercado earlier this week told the BBC she was aware of cases of sexual abuse involving staff in Bangladesh, Nepal and the Philippines between 2009 and 2013.
After an investigation, Oxfam fired four people and let another three resign, however, the British government still criticized the organization for a lack of transparency.
"We need to make sure anyone guilty of such gross misconduct is not able to move between different organisations, exposing more vulnerable people to risk", said Byanyima.
The charity is also introducing a number of immediate measures - including creating a new global database of accredited referees to combat "unreliable" references by past or current staff, and extra resources for the charity's safeguarding processes.
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