Oxfam Scandal: Minnie Driver Quits As Oxfam Ambassador After 'Abhorrent Mistakes'

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Oxfam is facing a Charity Commission inquiry after a bombshell Times investigation first reported allegations of sexual impropriety by senior aid workers in earthquake-hit Haiti in 2010.

Oxfam executives are also accused of covering up the scandal and the charity is now subject to an inquiry from the U.K.'s Charity Commission.

Good Will Hunting star Driver quit her Oxfam role after 20 years with the charity, saying she was devastated by the scandal.

She said that one of the allegations involved an adult and child volunteer in the United Kingdom, adding: "That troubled me because I knew that Oxfam was not conducting the criminal record checks that it needed to conduct".

European Union officials in Brussels echoed London's threat, threatening to cut more than $40 million in aid to Oxfam.

Three other staff members, including the country director Roland van Hauwermeiren, resigned before the end of a 2011 investigation into the Haiti incidents.

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Oxfam has been hit by a series of allegations after it emerged in The Times newspaper that the organisation covered up concerns that senior aid workers in Haiti following the 2011 natural disaster, including country director Roland van Hauwermeiren, had paid vulnerable women and children for sex.

"I would like to place on record my honest thanks for the years of dedicated service that Penny has given to Oxfam and the fight against poverty around the world".

Oxfam now faces a battle to prevent other high-profile ambassadors from stepping down as well as making sure the United Kingdom government does not withdraw the £32 million (Dh163m) of funds it receives.

International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau spoke with both of Oxfam's Canadian affiliates Monday, days after reports that several former aid workers from Oxfam Great Britain paid for sex while on missions in Haiti and Chad.

She wrote on Twitter last night: "All I can tell you about this bad revelation about Oxfam is that I am devastated".

British aid organization Oxfam faced fresh pressure on Tuesday (13 February) after a former senior member of staff said her concerns about "a culture of sexual abuse" involving aid workers in some the organisation's offices had been ignored, writes Alistair Smout.

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Haitian president Jovenel Moise said: "What happened is an extremely serious violation of human dignity".

Britain's top development official has savaged the leadership of Oxfam for its handling of the scandal.

Oxfam Chief Executive Mark Goldring said Saturday it receives less than 10 percent of its funding from DFID and hoped to continue working with the department while rebuilding trust with the public.

"The sexual exploitation of vulnerable people, vulnerable children, is never acceptable. And compels us to take action", she said.

In a statement, Oxfam Quebec said it was shocked and outraged by the Haiti allegations.

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