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Haiti shuts down Oxfam GB


The Haitian government said on Wednesday it has permanently banned international charity Oxfam Great Britain from operating in the country following a scandal over sexual misconduct by some of its workers.

In a statement, three ministries, including the Planning and External Cooperation Ministry, said they were withdrawing Oxfam Great Britain's status as a non-governmental organization "for violation of Haitian law and serious violation of the principle of the dignity of the human beings."

The British aid organization has been rocked by allegations that staff, including a former Haiti country director, used prostitutes during a relief mission after a the earthquake in 2010.

In February, Haiti temporarily revoked Oxfam Great Britain's right to operate in the country.

A spokeswoman for Oxfam in Haiti said the organization would be releasing a statement on Wednesday about the withdrawal of Oxfam Great Britain's right to operate in Haiti.

Carl Sandy Alcema

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