Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

In December 2017, BAI filed paternity suits in Haitian courts on behalf of ten children fathered by UN Peacekeepers. After obtaining judgments in Haiti, BAI will push the UN to secure child support payments, through litigation, direct discussions with UN staff and media engagement. IJDH and BAI help journalists conducting investigations into UN Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA), including Reuters, The Guardian, and Al Jazeera.


Advocacy
Assistant Secretary-General of the UN Victims’ Rights Advocate, Jane Connors, responds to BAI/IJDH’s May 2020 open letter on UN SEA, August 5, 2020
BAI and IJDH Pen an Open Letter Calling for the UN to Honor Legal Rights of Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Haiti, May 29, 2020 (French)
Emerging Voices: Seeking Child Support from UN Peacekeepers – A View from Haiti, Sienna Merope-Synge, Opinio Juris, August 16, 2019
Lawyers Denounce UN’s Failure to Cooperate in Paternity and Child Support Suits Against UN Peacekeepers, January 14, 2019
Lawyers Say UK Parliament Report’s Solutions Fail to Match the Problems, Sexual Misconduct and Accountability Failures Require Stronger Response, August 1, 2018
UK Report Offers No Systemic Solutions to UN Sex Abuse Crisis, Aids Free World, July 31, 2018
The BAI Welcomes the UN’s Victims’ Rights Advocate Meeting with Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Haiti, April 27, 2018
Briefing Note for UN Victims’ Rights Advocate, April 25, 2018 (French)
IJDH Briefs UK Parliament on Accountability for Humanitarian Actors in Wake of Oxfam Scandal, March 21, 2018
Press Release: Ten mothers of 11 children abandoned by UN peacekeepers bring a legal action to recover child support and establish custody, December 11, 2017
BAI and IJDH Keep Human Rights in Haiti on the World’s Radar, March 28, 2017


Media Coverage
Haiti Could Face a ‘Perfect Storm’ With the Pandemic, Fiona Shukri, PassBlue, August 4, 2020
Niños sin padres: el peor legado de los militares argentinos en Haití, Lucía Wei He, RED/ACCIÓN, February 19, 2020 (English)
The U.N.’s Tainted Legacy in Haiti, The Editorial Board, The New York Times, December 23, 2019
En Haïti, des centaines de bébés de Casques bleus abandonnés, Lucie Monier-Reyes, TV5MONDE, December 20, 2019
The victims of UN abuse in Haiti must have justice, Bocchit Edmond, op-ed in The Times (UK), December 20, 2019
U.N. Peacekeepers in Haiti Said to Have Fathered Hundreds of Children, Elian Peltier, The New York Times, December 18, 2019
U.N. peacekeepers fathered, then abandoned, hundreds of children in Haiti, report says, Michael Brice-Saddler, The Washington Post, December 18, 2019
UN peacekeepers in Haiti ‘fathered hundred of babies’ then abandoned mothers, Sean O’Neill, The Times (UK), December 17, 2019
L’ONU refuse d’assister les enfants abandonnés par les soldats de la MINUSTAH, Snayder Pierre Louis, AyiboPost, November 9, 2019
Retour sur 15 années d’échecs de l’ONU en Haïti, Snayder Pierre Louis, AyiboPost, October 20, 2019
For Victims of UN Sex Abuse or Exploitation, Help Can Be Elusive, Priyanka Boghani, FRONTLINE (PBS), July 24, 2018
Haiti missionary sentenced to 23 years for child sex abuse, David McFadden, The Associated Press, July 24, 2018
Un peu d’espoir pour les femmes et les enfants abandonnés par les Casques bleus, Ricardo Lambert, Le Nouvelliste, April 25, 2018
‘Glib’: UK criticised for failing to give to fund for survivors of UN sexual abuse, Karen McVeigh, The Guardian, March 13, 2018
NGOs should not be allowed to operate above the law, Sienna Merope-Synge, op-ed in Al Jazeera, February 22, 2018
Haitian mums seek support from UN troops for ‘peacekeeper babies’, Karen McVeigh, The Guardian, December 15, 2017
Haitian women seek support for children fathered by U.N. troops in Haiti, Anastasia Moloney, Thomson Reuters Foundation News, December 12, 2017
An Evaluation of the Causes and Results of U.N. Peacekeeper Actions, Azad Essa, Al Jazeera, August 2017
Haiti UN Mission Leaving Under Cloud of Scandal, Paula Donovan, The Haitian Times, June 1, 2017
Women Allegedly Raped by UN Peacekeepers in Haiti Speak Out, Kevin Kriedemann and Joy Sapieka, Bulawayo24 News, March 21, 2017


Reports and Journal Articles
Progress on tackling the sexual exploitation and abuse of aid beneficiaries, follow-up report, International Development Committee (IDC), UK Parliament, January 14, 2021
Litigating Peacekeeper Child Sexual Abuse, REDRESS and Child Rights International Network (CRIN), January 23, 2020
‘They Put a Few Coins in Your Hand to Drop a Baby in You’: A Study of Peacekeeper-fathered Children in Haiti, Sabine Lee and Susan Bartels, International Peacekeeping, December 11, 2019
Sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector, International Development Committee (IDC), UK Parliament, July 31, 2018
UN SEA: Sexual Exploitation and Abuse at the Hands of the United Nations’ Stabilization Mission in Haiti, Mark Snyder, January 2017


Video/Multimedia
Radio: Children say they’ve been raped by UN peacekeepers. Why is there no criminal accountability?, Rose Aguilar and Laura Wenus, KALW, July 24, 2018
Film: UN Sex Abuse Scandal, FRONTLINE (PBS), July 24, 2018


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