Report: Oxfam Hid 2011 Sexual Misconduct Scandal to Protect the Charity’s Reputation

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In 2011, an Oxfam help employee called Roland van Hauwermeiren and another unknown worker were gotten rid of from their posts in the middle of allegations of sexual misbehavior. The occasion was right away brushed under the carpet to secure the company’s track record, however the charity’s failure to resolve the guys’s habits earlier has actually now been revealed.

The Sunday Times reported that Van Hauwermeiren was implicated by a variety of females of unwanted sexual advances and unsuitable work environment habits, consisting of “bullying, harassing and exposing himself.” He was ultimately prohibited from co-ed real estate, however was still provided the task of a nation director in Haiti in 2010, after their disastrous earthquake. He had actually been operating in Chad, with the other employee– a guy from Kenya– who ultimately lost his task. They were both implicated of employing sex employees, a few of whom might have been under the age of approval.

Van Hauwermeiren had actually operated in the humanitarian sector given that a minimum of 2003, beginning with another charity called Merlin, then proceeding to work for Oxfam, at first in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Andrew MacLeod, the previous chef of operations for the UN’s Emergency Coordination Centre, informed the Times that “predatory paedophiles” will in some cases look for charities to “access children,” though no particular ages for the sex employees obtained by Van Hauwermeiren has actually been noted:

” The effect of sex tourist laws make it illegal for any person to make love with kids under the age of 16 throughout the world or help, abet or support that.

“If they are adults, this man should be charged in front of the courts in Haiti because prostitution is illegal. If they are children, they should be charged in front of the courts here because he’s broken the sex tourism laws. If they are uncertain they should pass the dossier to the police for investigation.”


The implicated was used a “phased and dignified” resignation in 2011, as was his unnamed partner in Chad. He went on to work for French charity Action Against Hunger till 2014.

Buzzfeed reports that Oxfam’s deputy president Penny Lawrence has actually resigned given that it ended up being clear the company knew allegations agains Van Hauwermeiren prior to sending him to Haiti, stating she was “ashamed that this happened on my watch and I take full responsibility.”

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