Human Aid UK Statement on Charity Commission Statutory Inquiry

Human Aid UK has been co-operating with the Charity Commission, answering queries and addressing concerns for over 18 months now.

Human Aid UK, has grown rapidly over the last two years as a result of public support for our work in Syria. The development of our organisation has also been taking place side by side. We have been putting in place policies, procedures, and implementing risk assessments and controls.

The food, medical aid, and ambulances we have sent to the people of Syria, have helped immensely to relieve suffering and save lives. Our donors understand the importance of work we have been doing, and have continued to support us with their generous donations. We wish to re-assure them that there is no evidence of any wrong doing. Our work will continue whilst the inquiry goes on.

We will co-operate with the Commission and are confident we will satisfactorily address all their concerns. We are however disappointed, but not surprised, that the Commission has chosen a Statutory Inquiry route rather than ongoing engagement, monitoring and action plan to address any genuine concerns it has.

We are of the view that there is an active policy to restrict the work of charities in Syria, through continuous monitoring and investigations. We are sure that our donors understand this, and would expect us to continue supporting the people of Syria.

Update: Human Aid UK: Inquiry Report –  After a lengthy 2 and half year long inquiry, Charity Commission concludes: no evidence of ‘misapplication of charity funds’ by Human Aid UK