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Goldring said there had been 26 reports of sexual misconduct since the news of the Haiti abuse broke, of which 16 related to global programmes.

Senior Oxfam executives will appear before British parliamentarians on Tuesday amid criticism over the way the charity handled claims of sexual misconduct by its staff in Haiti.

He was being questioned by lawmakers over sexual exploitation in the aid sector following the scandal over the alleged use of prostitutes in Haiti in 2011 in the aftermath of the island's natural disaster.

The Department for International Development (DfID) took the decision after the charity denied claims it had covered up the use of prostitutes by aid workers in Haiti.

He added: "Certainly the scale and intensity of the attacks feel out of proportion to the level of culpability".

"What hurt me at the end of the meeting is that they admitted that Haitian authorities had, at no time, been informed by Oxfam about the commission of such crimes, " Mr Fleurant said.

"I wholeheartedly apologise for those comments and commit to working in that greater public interest".

Oxfam's 2011 report, compiled in the year after aid workers were deployed to Haiti, revealed that seven staff were accused of using prostitutes at an Oxfam-funded residence.

Fort-Liberte in Port-au-Prince Haiti was destroyed after the 2010 earthquake
Fort-Liberte in Port-au-Prince Haiti was destroyed after the 2010 earthquake

Britain and the European Union are reviewing the funding of Oxfam, one of the world's biggest disaster relief charities.

The report says that while Oxfam couldn't substantiate allegations of sex with minors, it also couldn't rule out that some of the prostitutes were underage.

Committee chairman Stephen Twigg said his committee would conduct a full inquiry into sexual misconduct in the aid sector in the wake of the scandal.

A woman who worked alongside Van Hauwermeiren in Liberia said she made a complaint about him in 2004 - many years before the Haiti scandal. "I hope I have led Oxfam competently, but that's for others to decide".

Mr Goldring said there was now a safeguarding team and helpline at Oxfam and the charity was seeking more independent support. At the time, I suspect there was a balance of saying: "'Oxfam is delivering life-saving assistance to a million people in Haiti ... we have got to keep that work going'".

Last week, Haitian president Jovenel Moise said sexual misconduct by staff of Oxfam was only the tip of an "iceberg" and called for investigations into Doctors Without Borders and other aid organisations which came to the country after the quake.

Ms Thomson, who became chairwoman of Oxfam's trustees in 2017, said the charity council's task was to ensure it is "never again" at risk of being perceived to have put reputation over accountability.

"They were having parties over there that were described as orgies with a smorgasbord of women, girls, wearing Oxfam T-shirts".




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