EU in warning to charities

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An Oxfam shop is seen, in London, Britain, February 11, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

BRUSSELS (AFP) – The EU yesterday ordered Oxfam to explain itself over a 2011 prostitution scandal in Haiti, warning charities that the bloc would cut their funding if they breached ethical standards. UK-based Oxfam has been left reeling by reports in the Times newspaper that senior staff hired young sex workers in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. 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 EU said yesterday it took a “zero tolerance” approach to misconduct by NGO partners. “We expect Oxfam to fully clarify the allegations with maximum transparency as a matter of urgency…” spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said.

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