Minnie Driver cuts ties with Oxfam after charity's sex scandal

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ReutersOxfam has faced intense criticism over its handling of sex allegations, including the use of prostitutes by workers in Haiti in 2011.

The Paris-based group, known by its French acronym MSF, said it had received 146 complaints or alerts previous year, of which 40 were found to be allegations of harassment or sexual assault.

Roland Van Hauwermeiren, the former Belgian Oxfam worker who left his job after he was accused of using sex workers whilst responding to the Haiti natural disaster, has spoken out for the first time.

Speaking at the NME Awards, he told the Press Association: "We've raised millions through the years with Oxfam - six million quid and everyone's said what a wonderful charity they are and we still support them".

Oxfam has neither confirmed nor denied the specific accounts reported in the media but has said an internal investigation in 2011 confirmed sexual misconduct occurred and it has apologised.

In the letter, Allan tells NGOs they must give fresh assurances over reports of "serious misconduct and sexual abuse" in the sector.

In the wake of the latest revelations, over 1,200 Oxfam contributors canceled their donations on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

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After resigning from Oxfam, he went on to work for French charity Action Against Hunger in Bangladesh.

Mr Van Hauwermeiren said there had been "a lot of lies and exaggerations" about his time in Haiti. The people from Oxfam, who I have travelled with and met in various countries since my first trip to Ethiopia in1997, inspired me with their passion, courage, integrity and compassion.

They have also let down the vast majority of individuals working in humanitarian relief who do so with "great passion and integrity", OSCR said.

CAFOD said Wednesday it had fired an employee after learning he was involved in the Haiti scandal.

"We requested and yesterday received a reference from Oxfam GB headquarters which confirmed the allegations against him", CAFOD director Chris Bain said in a statement.

Then she repeated one of the key accusations, one that Oxfam has said was unproven in its investigation into the scandal: that some of the victims were underage.

It comes after actress Minnie Driver resigned as an Oxfam ambassador, saying she was "horrified" by the sex claims.

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