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Viol : de petits progrès éclipsés par d’énormes défis

English Translation Here Par Jean Pharès Jérôme– cet article a été publié  le quotidien Le Nouvelliste Grâce au plaidoyer des organisations de défense des droits humains combiné aux cris d’alarme de la population contre la multiplication des cas de viol dans les camps de déplacés après le séisme du 12 janvier 2010, on observe de timides progrès dans la prise en charge des victimes. Depuis, des cellules de prise en charge du viol ont été créées ; des verdicts exemplaires contre des coupables de viol ont été prononcés; des victimes sont mieux informées de leurs droits. Des signes qui prouvent quelques progrès dans la lutte contre le viol même si, dans certaines régions du pays, la violation des droits des victimes est systématique à cause de nombreux facteurs, dont la corruption au sein du système judiciaire, la défaillance ou l’absence […]

The Oxfam sex abuse scandal demonstrates the urgent need for legal accountability in the humanitarian aid sector

By Sienna Merope-Synge Sienna Merope-Synge is a Staff Attorney at the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti This article was originally published by Al Jazeera The backlash against Oxfam continues to grow, but the scandal is just the tip of the iceberg of unaccountable “humanitarian” action in Haiti. In the wake of revelations that its staff solicited prostitutes in post-earthquake Haiti, Oxfam has pointed to an internal investigation that led to senior employees resigning or being fired, and released a new 10-point plan to eradicate sexual abuse. But what is striking is that the charity never treated its staff’s abuses as a legal matter. Let’s be clear: this behaviour wasn’t just unacceptable, it was unlawful. Prostitution is illegal under Haitian law and if minors were involved, this was also statutory rape. The behaviour also constituted illegal child prostitution under […]

Haitian Orphanage Abuse Allegations

The Foyer Notre Dame de la Nativite in Haiti has recently been the center of sexual abuse allegations. Ten U.S. Senators are pressuring the Haitian government into closing down the orphanage. Many children have tested positive for the sexually transmitted infection chlamydia and claim to have been victims of abuse. The director of the orphanage denies the claims and states that the children could have contracted the disease from their birth mothers or off of the premises. The Senate letter urges immediate shut down and relocation of children so that they are kept safe. Read More HERE. US senators seek to close Haiti orphanage amid abuse claims By Ben Fox | AP February 2 MIAMI — Ten members of the U.S. Senate have asked the State Department to pressure the Haitian government into closing an orphanage where several children being adopted by […]

An Evaluation of the Causes and Results of U.N. Peacekeeper Actions

This four part series details the history of sexual assault by UN peacekeepers and what has been done to combat it. The UN peacekeeping mission began in 1948, right after WWII. In order to protect the soldiers who were deployed, the U.N provided its soldiers with impunity (all cases against peacekeepers had to be brought in the parent country, in order to protect the soldiers from fraudulent charges.)However, this protection has been the cause of many grievances for the women and children of these nations—victims of sexual assault are unable to take their assailants to court. Between 2004 and 2016, the UN received almost 2000 reports of sexual assault perpetrated by peacekeepers. In predominately black nations with a low socioeconomic status, the rate of sexual violence is much more  significant and leads researchers to believe that the idea of racial […]

Sexual Violence in Haiti is increasingly becoming a Public Health Issue

Sexual Violence in Haiti has become an increasingly heightened issue against women, children and toddlers. Due to limited health services being provided for victims of sexual violence, many claim that sexual violence in Haiti is indeed a public health problem considering emergency contraception and antiretroviral drugs to prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS are needed as well as further medical treatment. Read Full Article HERE Sexual violence in Haiti is a public health problem: charity Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Rampant sexual violence in Haiti against women and children, including some toddlers, should be treated as a public health issue and more care made available for survivors, the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said. Most of the 1,300 survivors of sexual violence who had been treated at one clinic run by MSF in the […]

The U.N. Has not Done Enough to Provide for Victims of Sexual Abuse

The United Nations will end its 13-year peacekeeping mission in Haiti on October 16, but its legacy is on the line. The mission has been plagued by a series of controversies, ranging from sex scandals to the cholera outbreak. Failing to address the above issues, the U.N. risks tarnishing its global image and undermining its credibility around the world. Click HERE for the full article. Haitian minors claim UN peacekeepers fathered their children CGTN, June 21, 2017 For more than a decade, the United Nations has established a peacekeeping mission in the country, one of the longest-running in the world. In October, that will come to an end. Their presence has been controversial because U.N. peacekeepers face accusations of sexual abuse. Some of those claims come from teenagers who will bear a great burden long after the U.N. troops are gone. CGTN’s […]

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