Oxfam scandal: Ex-director hits out at ‘lies and exaggerations’

Roland van Hauwermeiren, believe to be in Chad in 2008.Picture copyright

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Roland Van Hauwermeiren labored in Chad from 2006-09 earlier than taking on a job in Haiti

The previous Oxfam director on the centre of a intercourse scandal that has engulfed the UK charity says allegations that he hosted events with prostitutes are “lies and exaggerations”.

However 68-year-old Roland Van Hauwermeiren has acknowledged that among the particulars are “appropriately described”.

He has been accused of hiring prostitutes whereas delivering help in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

A UK charity watchdog is investigating claims that Oxfam coated up the case.

Mr Van Hauwermeiren, who was director of Oxfam’s operations in Haiti, has been accused by UK newspaper The Occasions of utilizing prostitutes at a villa rented for him by the charity.

“Lots of people – even within the worldwide media – shall be blushing after they hear my model of the info,” Mr Van Hauwermeiren advised Belgian newspaper Standaard (in Dutch) from his condo on the Belgian coast.

“Not that I deny every part. There are issues which might be appropriately described. However I additionally learn quite a lot of lies and exaggerations. Celebration each week? Stylish villas? Girls paid with cash from the group?”

In his first feedback for the reason that claims emerged, he stated “it was particularly dangerous” that his household didn’t wish to see him anymore, and that his lawyer would quickly launch an official assertion.

After that, he stated, he hoped to be left alone.

Because the revelations emerged, Oxfam – one of many UK’s largest charities – has confirmed that sexual misconduct occurred in Haiti, and that a number of employees members had been dismissed or resigned after an inner investigation.

Mr Van Hauwermeiren left his submit after the inquiry in 2011.

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Mr Van Hauwermeiren was Oxfam’s nation director in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake

Oxfam’s deputy chief government Penny Lawrence resigned within the wake of the scandal, and the UK charity fee launched a statutory inquiry amid claims of cover-up.

The fee can also be wanting into claims that Mr Van Hauwermeiren was employed by Oxfam two years after he left one other help company due to considerations about his behaviour.

The Belgian-born help employee has additionally been accused of utilizing prostitutes whereas working for British well being charity Merlin in Liberia from 2002-04, a former colleague advised the IRIN web site.

Merlin later merged with Save The Kids, which says it doesn’t have entry to Merlin’s information.

He was then employed by Oxfam as a rustic director in Chad earlier than shifting to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Haiti, IRIN studies.

After he resigned his Oxfam submit in Haiti, Mr Van Hauwermeiren ended up taking one other high-profile place, as the top of mission for Motion In opposition to Starvation in Bangladesh.

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