Timeline: Oxfam sexual exploitation scandal in Haiti
A leaked document shows as it tries to recover from the fallout over a sexual exploitation scandal involving staff in Haiti. This is how the scandal unfolded.
Oxfam is accused of covering up an investigation into the hiring of sex workers for orgies by staff working in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, which killed thousands. After the investigation the charity allowed three men, including the country director, Roland van Hauwermeiren, to resign, and sacked four for gross misconduct, according to an internal 2011 report .
Penny Mordaunt, the international development secretary, to Oxfam unless the charity hands over all information on its workers’ use of sex workers in Haiti. Meanwhile, Oxfam is hit with that employees used sex workers in Chad in 2006, when Van Hauwermeiren was running operations there.
The Charity Commission amid concerns it might not have “fully and frankly disclosed” all details about the Haiti allegations. The charity’s deputy chief executive, Penny Lawrence, resigns, saying she is “desperately sorry”, as Haiti demands the prosecutions of aid workers identified as using sex workers.
The actor Minnie Driver, who was one of 16 celebrity patrons for Oxfam, says she is “in no uncertain terms” after working with the charity for more than 20 years. At the same time, claims emerge that Van Hauwermeiren had been after an investigation into the use of sex workers.
Archbishop saying he is “deeply disappointed” by the allegations of “immorality and possible criminality”.
Mark Goldring, the chief executive of Oxfam GB, claims attacks are “out of proportion to the level of culpability”, and . In contrast, the head of Oxfam International, Winnie Byanyima, warns that what happened in Haiti “is a stain on Oxfam that will shame us for years”.
Oxfam fulfils a promise to , which reveals that three staff who were under investigation physically threatened a colleague to ensure that person’s silence. The charity offers its “humblest apologies” to the Haitian government.
Goldring tells MPs on the international development select committee that since the scandal emerged.
Haiti announces it is ’s right to work in the country pending an investigation into how the charity handled the sexual exploitation case. The suspension is intended to last for two months.
Oxfam is accused of by keeping a senior aid worker there for more than a year despite reported sexual harassment claims. According to an internal report seen by the Times, the charity attempted to “contain” allegations against Raphael Mutiku, an engineer who led Oxfam’s installation of water supplies after the earthquake. Oxfam confirms the decision not to dismiss Mutiku was made by Van Hauwermeiren.
Goldring as chief executive at the end of the year, citing the scandal and the need for “fresh vision and energy” at the charity. “We are now laying strong foundations for recovery,” he says.
Haiti announces it is “for violation of Haitian law and serious violation of the principle of the dignity of the human beings”.
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