(13 Feb 2018) Haiti’s president has condemned Oxfam for a sex abuse scandal in his country, describing the actions of some of its staff as a violation of basic human decency.
The comments from Jovenel Moise comes as the British charity continued to reel from the Times of London revelations that staff members paid for sex while working among people devastated by a 2010 earthquake.
Moise’s comments come as the Britain’s charity watchdog opened an inquiry into how Oxfam handled allegations of sexual abuse in Haiti in 2011.
The investigation followed the resignation of Oxfam deputy chief executive, who apologised to the government and donors.
But documents released to the authorities led to a spate of further questions about the aid organisation’s lack of transparency in dealing with the government.
Haiti’s president described the case as “disheartening” because the British people gave money to help Haiti recover from the temblor “with altruistic intent.”
The people of Haiti were and are immensely thankful for the support the international community brought to us in the wake of our terrible tragedy in 2010, but that gratitude ought not to be mistaken for docility in the face of abhorrent violations such as these,” his statement said.
“Disasters may strike, but a people’s dignity and rights persist.”
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