Haiti definitively withdraws Oxfam's authorization to work in the country following sex abuse scandal

Posted by Reuters on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Under: Haiti Breaking News
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The Haitian Government announced on Wednesday that it has definitively withdrawn the authorization of the charitable company Oxfam to work in the country, in response to the scandal uncovered last February on the alleged sexual abuse committed by some employees of the British NGO within the framework of the humanitarian crisis of 2010.

In a statement signed by three ministries-Interior, Communication and Foreign Cooperation and Planning- the government has indicated that it withdraws Oxfam’s NGO status “ for violating Haitian law and for serious violation of the principle of human dignity.”

In February, the Haitian authorities suspended the work permit of Oxfam. Then, the Minister of Foreign Cooperation and Planning, Aviol Fleurant, stressed that the Government reserved the right to take more steps” with a view to protecting the rights of the victims and the interests of the Haitian State.”

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The “Times” echoed an internal report by the NGO in 2011 that reveals a “culture of impunity” among some of the staff highlighted in Haiti. According to the same, the then director of Oxfam in Haiti, Roland van Hauwermeiren, among others, hired prostitutes, including minors, with the funds destined for the humanitarian emergency unleashed the previous year by the earthquake and the consequent outbreak of cholera.

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As a result of this case, similar cases were discovered in other countries, both Oxfam and other NGOs, which represented a serious setback for the humanitarian sector. Since then, numerous organizations have committed themselves to elaborate or, where appropriate, reinforce the ethical codes and internal controls to prevent and punish these behaviors.

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