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EU warns charities after Oxfam sex scandal

AFP  |  Brussels 

The EU today ordered to explain itself over a 2011 scandal in Haiti, warning charities that the bloc would cut their funding if they breached ethical standards.

UK-based has been left reeling by reports in the Times newspaper that senior staff hired young sex workers in after the 2010 earthquake which devastated the island.

The charity's chiefs have been summoned by the British government to explain their handling of the scandal amid accusations it covered up the episode.

The said today it took a "zero tolerance" approach to misconduct by NGO partners.

"We expect to fully clarify the allegations with maximum transparency as a matter of urgency, and we're ready to review and, if needed, cease funding to any partner who is not living up to the required high ethical standards," told reporters.

The EU provided Oxfam with 1.7 million euros in funding in 2011, she said.

Oxfam, which employs around 5,000 staff and has 23,000 more volunteers, has announced new measures to tackle sexual abuse cases, though has insisted there was no cover-up in 2011.

The charity is accused of failing to warn other aid agencies about the staff involved, which allowed them to get jobs among vulnerable people in other disaster areas.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 19:00 IST