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Oxfam internal inquiry reveals workers threatened colleague investigating abuse claims in effort to maintain silence

A newly released 2011 internal report into alleged abuse by Oxfam aid workers reveals how three members of the organisation’s Haiti team physically threatened a colleague sent to investigate misconduct claims. The report sheds light on how a tip-off bloomed into a scandal which has now shamed the organisation. An email on 12 July 2011 from the “Latin America & ...

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'We must act before another child is killed': Warning over abuse linked to witchcraft and possession beliefs in UK

Thousands of children could be abused because relatives believe they are witches or possessed by evil spirits in Britain, it has been warned. Experts fear another child will be murdered if efforts to prevent abuse linked to faith and belief are not urgently stepped up, following the horrific deaths of young victims including Kristy Bamu and Ayesha Ali. The first ever ...

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'Decades behind the law': Most managers think it OK to quiz interviewees about having children, research reveals

UK employers are “living in the dark ages” and have worrying attitudes towards pregnancy and motherhood, new research has revealed. Almost six in 10 private-sector employers wrongly believe that during the recruitment process a woman should have to disclose whether or not she is pregnant, a survey by the Equality and Human Rights Commission found. More than a third of ...

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Tuition fees: Theresa May challenges university costs

The prime minister is to call for better value for students in England, admitting they face “one of the most expensive systems of university tuition in the world”. Theresa May will announce an independent review of fees and student finance on Monday. She will also argue for an end to “outdated attitudes” that favour university over technical education. Labour says ...

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Bafta Awards 2018: (Most) stars wear black to bring Time's Up to Britain

Guests at the Bafta Film Awards showed their support for the Time’s Up and Me Too campaigns by wearing black and sending messages from the stage. Virtually all the stars at the London ceremony were in black and some were accompanied by rights campaigners. One of the few in a colourful dress was best actress winner Frances McDormand – but ...

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Carillion investors were 'fleeing for the hills'

Carillion’s investors fled the failing company as it headed for disaster, according to MPs. The construction firm’s annual reports were a worthless guide to its financial health and raise major questions about corporate governance, the MPs say. The comments come in a joint report published on Monday by the Work and Pensions and Business committees. Carillion’s former auditor, KPMG, will ...

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Employers still have 'antiquated attitude to female workers'

Many employers still live in the “dark ages” when it comes to recruiting women, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) says. In a poll for the EHRC, 36% of employers thought it reasonable to ask a women about plans to have children. Some 59% agreed that a woman should have to disclose during the recruitment process whether she is ...

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Sir Philip Green faces more pension questions from Frank Field

MPs are to scrutinise pension schemes at the retail empire of Topshop boss Sir Philip Green. Frank Field, chairman of the Work and Pensions Committee, said the move follows reports Sir Philip was in talks to sell all or part of his business. The Sunday Times claimed that the billionaire had held talks with Chinese textiles giant Shandong Ruyi. Mr ...

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Oxfam Haiti scandal: Suspects 'physically threatened' witnesses

Oxfam has revealed that three of the men accused of sexual misconduct in Haiti physically threatened witnesses during a 2011 investigation. The charity has published its internal report on alleged abuse by some of its staff following public pressure. In the 2011 report, Oxfam said “more needed” to be done to prevent “problem staff” working for other charities. Despite the ...

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New 50p Beatrix Potter coins released by the Royal Mint

Four new 50p coins featuring some of Beatrix Potter’s favourite fictional characters are to be released, the Royal Mint has announced. Peter Rabbit, Mrs Tittlemouse and Flopsy Bunny will feature on the coins, which will enter general circulation for a limited time later this year. Coloured collectable versions will be available to buy for either £10 or £60. They will ...

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