Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

MINUSTAH Troops Dodge Accountability for Rapes

Though rape is a known problem among UN peacekeepers, they are often able to dodge accountability because the current process sends rapists to their home countries to be judged and prosecuted. The victims don’t get to testify abroad and often never know if their attackers faced justice. Many women are also left with children that they can’t afford to care for without the father’s help. Mario Joseph, of BAI, represents some of these women in their quest for justice. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text and video. United Nations in Haiti: Justice Invisible for Victims of Rape Lisa Armstrong, 100 Reporters January 12, 2015 Audrey was not afraid of the men in the apartment, where she’d gone to sell her lotions, soaps and cosmetics, because they were United Nations peacekeepers. “I know that they are […]

Sexual Exploitation Runs Rampant in MINUSTAH

MINUSTAH is one of only 4 UN missions worldwide where sexual exploitation rates are increasing. The numbers are staggering, and this is despite known under-reporting because of the power these peacekeepers hold, and because reporting leads to loss of crucial income for the victims. This problem is attributed to poverty, racism and political instability. It could be solved with better protection of whistleblowers, who are often better at detecting misconduct than any agency tasked to do so but don’t report it due to fear of retaliation. Part of the piece is below. Click HERE for the full text. United Nations in Haiti: When Protectors Turn Predators Kathie Klarreich, 100 Reporters January 12, 2015 A United Nations presence in Haiti has become as familiar as the country’s barren hillsides. Troops of some sort have been there almost continuously since 1993, including five […]

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