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Oxfam scandal has put charity's relationship with Government at risk - minister

Oxfam scandal has put charity's relationship with Government at risk - minister

It said Oxfam's leaders had "showed a lack of judgement" in their handling of the matter and their level of openness with the government and Charity Commission.

"If they do not hand over all the information that they have from their investigation. then I can not work with them any more as an aid delivery partner - and any other organisation in those circumstances", she told the BBC.

Oxfam said it had already taken measures to prevent sexual abuse and misconduct, including the launch of a hotline to report allegations.

"With regard to Oxfam and any other organization that has safeguarding issues, we expect them to cooperate fully with such authorities, and we will cease to fund any organization that does not", Mordaunt said in a statement.

Groups of young prostitutes were invited to homes and guesthouses paid for by the charity for sex parties, according to one source who claimed to have seen footage of an orgy with sex workers wearing Oxfam t-shirts.

Patel, the former development secretary, who was forced to resign from the cabinet in November of unauthorised meetings with Israeli ministers, made the same allegations on BBC Radio 5′s Pienaar's Politics.

"I am deeply ashamed about Oxfam's behaviour then", CEO Mark Goldring told ITV News.

The International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt revealed she was writing to the charities to insist they spell out what steps they are taking on the issue and confirm they have referred all concerns about specific cases and individuals to the relevant authorities.

She will meet with the charities regulator this week.




The charity also said it had yet to find evidence proving allegations that underage girls were involved.

The news comes after Oxfam workers were accused of using prostitutes in Haiti following the 2010 quake. They initially said they were investigating misconduct, and when they concluded that report they did not tell us the nature of these events.

"The way this appalling abuse of vulnerable people was dealt with raises serious questions that Oxfam must answer".

British charity Oxfam says it will strengthen its internal safeguards in response to allegations staff members working in Haiti following the devastating 2010 natural disaster engaged in sexual misconduct.

She said Oxfam had done "absolutely the wrong thing" by failing to inform authorities about the full details of the allegations.

She added that sexual abuse in the charity sector as "utterly despicable", and vowed to meet the charity commission to discus what more could be done to fight it.

Andrew Mitchell has strenuously denied he was aware of any misconduct at Oxfam when he was in charge of the Department for International Development.

To date, four employees were fired from their posts and another three resigned before the investigation was complete.