Oxfam suspended in Haiti pending investigation into sexual misconduct claims
Oxfam Great Britain will not be allowed to operate in Haiti for the next two months after it was suspended following sexual misconduct claims.
The government confirmed the charity would have to remain inactive pending an investigation into claims made against employees.
It was alleged staff used prostitutes while working in the country in the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake.
The aid group revealed seven workers had been fired or resigned in 2011 when a whistleblower accused several employees of misconduct.
Minister of Planning and External Co-operation Aviol Fleurant confirmed the nation was also investigating whether the prostitutes were underage.
Oxfam said in a statement: ‘Oxfam is committed to putting in place a number of wide-sweeping initiatives to improve its global safeguarding policies and practices, including the establishment of an independent Commission and putting more staff and resources into its safeguarding teams.’
The organisation has since apologised for downplaying the claims of misconduct.