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The president of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, has warned aid agencies his country will not accept their support when it comes with “abhorent violations”.

There is nothing more shameful than a sexual predator using the veil of catastrophe as a means to exploit the vulnerable in their most defenceless moments. What transpired is a violation of basic human decency.

This case also is disheartening because the funds enabling these crimes were given in the name of the British people and with altruistic intent. The people of Haiti were and are immensely thankful for the support the international community brought to us in the wake of our terrible tragedy in 2010, but that gratitude ought not to be mistaken for docility in the face of abhorrent violations such as these.

The international development secretary, Penny Mordaunt, has said she will not move “hastily” in deciding whether to withdraw government funding of Oxfam after her meeting with the charity’s bosses yesterday.

I know people will be worried about the charity, they’ll be worried about the money, but we need to be guided by what the Charity Commission are doing and also I have made it very clear to Oxfam what we expect to see from them.

But these decisions shouldn’t be taken hastily, but I am considering them.

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