Minnie Driver quits Oxfam ambassador role over charity's sex scandal
Actress Minnie Driver is the first celebrity to resign as an Oxfam ambassador in protest on the sex scandal engulfing the charity.
The Good Will Hunting star said she was “horrified” by allegations that some Oxfam staff prostitutes with sex
Many of Oxfam's corporate sponsors including Sainsbury's, Visa, M & S and the Co-op Bank have said they are the charity to raise concerns about the claims.
In a statement to The Telegraph, Driver said: “I am nothing short of horrified by the allegations against Oxfam International.”
“In the uncertain terms do I plan to continue my organization of organization or its leaders.”
The British actress said she supported Oxfam for 20 years, adding: “I will certainly not let the abhorrent mistakes of a troubling organization stop me or any other from the work of people in this place to support a population of human beings around the world that needs our help. “
Driver, 48, travelled to Thailand and Cambodia in his role with Oxfam and performed at a charity concert in London in 2004, joining stars such as Chris Martin, Razorlight and REM.
In a statement, Oxfam said the actress was a “devoted Oxfam supporter for many years”.
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“As an organization, we are ashamed by The work of some of our staffs and are more committed now than ever to learn from our mistakes and the weighing up of the highest standards of safety standards in the world. “
Oxfam aid workers have used prostitution Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010 and in Chad in 2006.
More than 1,200 people have reportedly canceled their daily donations to the charity, the first published by the Times.
It has reported that the aid worker On the center of the scandal, Roland van Hauwermeiren, joined Oxfam after he left another British charity over similar allegations of sexual misconduct.
Van Hauwermeiren resigned from his role with medical relief charity Merlin in Liberia in 2004 after an investigation in sex parties with local young women, according to the humanitarian news website Irin.
He denied the allegations but agreed to stand down, it added.
Former aid worker Amira Mal ik Miller said Irin she raised concerns about van Hauwermeiren and several colleagues to Merlin, which saved the children in 2013.
Oxfam said it was Van Hauermeiren of its recruitment on records but it was at its policy time Two references including a former employer.
An Oxfam spokeswoman said: “This case further illustrates the need for a sector wide approach to track individuals guilty of misinformation and why we have announced on Sunday a package of measures to strengthen our vetting and recruitment procedures.”
The Charity Commission said it had
A spokeswoman said Sky News: “This clearly raises issues for UK charities about recruitment , vetting and references for charity personnel, especially in the context of international aid work to ensure that people who have a significant risk to charities, the charity sector in their work and reputation are not allowed. “
Save the Children said it
“We are unable to assist any further in this matter,” a spokeswoman said.
The Charity Commission has launched a statutory law, which has never employed van Hauwermeiren, who left his role with Merlin nine years ago. The investigation that the Oxfam may not have “fully and frankly disclosed material details” when it first investigated the allegations of misinformation in 2011.