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Civilians Caught in Crossfire During Port-au-Prince Raids

By Andrew Buncombe in Washington February  2, 2007 The head of the UN mission to Haiti has publicly acknowledged international peacekeepers carrying out anti-kidnapping raids into the poorest parts of the city have to do more to avoid civilian casualties. His comments come after a series of raids in the capital, Port-au-Prince, in which witnesses said a number of innocent bystanders were either killed or wounded by peacekeepers. “We have to improve, we have to be all the time learning from this,” said Ambassador Edmond Mulet, head of the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (Minustah). “We have learned lessons every time we have [had] these actions.” Mr Mulet made his comments to The Independent following a presentation in Washington in which the envoy outlined some of the multitude of problems facing Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere […]

U.S. Reporting on the Coup Haiti

U.S. Reporting on the Coup Haiti How to Turn a Priest into a Cannibal By DIANA BARAHONA When Haiti’s wealthy elites removed President Jean Bertrand Aristide from office in a February 2004 coup, they had the help of the Bush administration, as well as that of the French and Canadian governments. But they also had help from the U.S. press, which helped publicize a carefully planned narrative to justify the overthrow. I have always been interested in how a supposedly independent press so often manages to report on foreign affairs from the point of view of the State Department. What are the mechanisms by which the government’s narrative ends up being the frame for stories about U.S. military interventions and CIA-backed coups in the Americas? Who are the foreign correspondents and how do they learn the “correct” way to report […]

UN Occupation of Haiti Intensifies

  By G. Dunkel Feb 2, 2007 Ever since the coup-kidnapping of the popular president of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, on Feb. 29, 2004, this Caribbean country has been occupied. First it was troops from the United States, France and Canada. Then a U.N.-sanctioned and commanded force, mainly from Latin America and called Minustah, took over and provided a cover for this imperialist intervention. Minustah stands for the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti, but its intervention has meant “death, terror and lawlessness for the people of Haiti,” as a statement from Fanmi Lavalas, Aristide’s political party, puts it. Even the U.S. State Department, in documents recently obtained by the Haiti Information Project (HIP) about a U.N. raid in Cit� Soleil in July 2005, admits that the U.N. troops used “excessive force,” which is like a butcher calling a slaughterhouse worker bloody. […]

Accusations of UN cover-up in Haiti

By Haiti Information Project Feb 2 , 2007 HIP – UN Special Envoy to Haiti, Edmond Mulet, held a roundtable discussion at the Center for International and Strategic Studies (CSIS) in Washington this past Wednesday. The CSIS event capped off what amounted to a whirlwind week long propaganda tour by Mulet where he has sought to mitigate reports of UN forces killing unarmed civilians in recent raids against gangs in the Port-au-Prince shanty town of Cite Soleil. In response to questions about the huge amount of firepower used by UN forces in recent raids and the growing number of accounts of unarmed civilians felled by UN bullets, Mulet made an extraordinary claim. He stated, “[This past Jan. 24]…we were under attack for over an hour and they [gangs in Cite Soleil] shot more than 20,000 rounds at us – 20,000 […]

UN terror kills Haiti’s children at night

UN terror kills Haiti’s children at night Protestors reportedly hurled insults at the UN forces and shouted “Down with Preval” – an apparent reference to Haiti’s president who is said to have sanctioned the raids. The spontaneous protest was broke up by UN forces who first used tear gas to disperse them and then began firing guns towards the crowd. A spontaneous demonstration errupts in Cite Soleil on February 2, 2007 after word that UN forces killed seven year-old Stephanie Lubin and four year-old Alexandra Lubin. Their parents were wounded by indiscriminate UN gunfire as they slept in their home. The parents of nine year-old Boadley Bewence Germain react after his death from UN gunfire on Jan. 20, 2007. Nine year-old Boadley Bewence Germain died in a hospital bed after having been shot in the head by United Nations forces […]

Situation of Human Rights in Haiti (UN)

From the United Nations General Assembly Implementation of General Assembly Resolution 60/251 of 15 March 2006 Entitled “Human Rights Council” By the Independent Expert Louis Joinet 07-Report-of-UN-Indep.-Expert

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