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Desmond Tutu quits Oxfam role because of dismay at 'immorality'

Desmond Tutu quits Oxfam role because of dismay at 'immorality'

What I see being published everywhere, is hard to bear. "It hurts", the 68-year-old reportedly told newspaper De Standaard from his apartment on the Belgian coast.

"A lot of people, including the worldwide media, will feel blushes on their cheeks when they hear my version of the facts", the Belgian national told Het Nieuwsblad. "It is not that I deny everything".

"There are things that are correctly described".

"He is also saddened by the impact of the allegations on the many thousands of good people who have supported Oxfam's righteous work".

"Parties every week? Fancy villas?"

The man was one of several staff who were sacked or resigned in 2011 over a string of lurid claims, including that they had used prostitutes while delivering aid to Haiti.

Nobel Peace Prize victor Desmond Tutu has said he will no longer be a global ambassador for Oxfam after allegations that senior staff members in crisis zones paid for sex among the desperate people the group was meant to serve.

Minnie Driver has become the first celebrity ambassador of Oxfam to resign following its handling of a sexual misconduct scandal in Haiti.

MSF- doctors without borders in English- have released figures about sexual harassment complaints to show transparency in the wake of the Oxfam scandal.




Mr Van Hauwermeiren said there had been "a lot of lies and exaggerations" about his time in Haiti.

Roland van Hauwermeiren resigned as Oxfam's Haiti director when the explosive claims came to light in 2011, moving to another charity in Bangladesh which claimed not to have been warned about the nature of his departure.

Bosses admitted failing to act "adequately" on the behaviour of Oxfam staff in both Chad and Haiti.

However, the charity stressed the sacking "was not related to sexual misconduct and was not connected to the case in 2011".

The Belgian was investigated for sexual misconduct in 2004 in Liberia when he was country manager for the health charity Merlin, which merged with Save the Children in 2013.

Mr Quayle also revealed the Government is reviewing its funding of Oxfam's worldwide development projects.

The minister, who said a culture change is needed, is due to meet the National Crime Agency on Thursday after talks with charity bosses, regulators and experts in recent days.

That men could be exploiting some of the most vulnerable people in the poorest country in the Americas, all the while being paid to advocate for their wellbeing, is a hypocrisy not lost on Josefine [a onetime Oxford employee who made an accusation against Van Hauwermeiren].