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U.K. Suspends Funding to OXFAM International Over Sexual Misconduct and Abuse Claims

The United Kingdom has suspended funding to Oxfam International over sexual misconduct allegations against staff in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) spokesperson said that all organizations bidding for UK aid must meet the high standards of safeguarding required to keep the people they work with safe.

“Given the most recent reports, which call into question Oxfam’s ability to meet those standards, we will not consider any new funding to Oxfam until the issues have been resolved,” said in a statement.

An Oxfam spokesperson said that the charity was aware of these incidents and is conducting an investigation.

“The Charity Commission and FCDO have been notified appropriately and we will continue to keep them informed as the investigation concludes its work,” Oxfam spokesperson said.

Last week the charity has suspended two of its members working in the country as part of an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct, bullying, and abuse of power.

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