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UN Peacekeeper Babies Spark Outrage

There have been many cases of UN Peacekeepers fathering children with Haitian women during their time stationed in the country. However, when they leave, they do not provide any type of child support, making the women responsible for raising the child alone. Recent charges have been brought up against 2 Quebec police officers who face charges of sexual misconduct for their actions in Haiti. To evade disciplinary hearings, the two officers retired days before the hearings were supposed to start. BAI lawyer Mario Joseph is representing 9 Haitian women who had children with peacekeepers . He says that countries need to have a legal framework to ensure that peacekeepers face justice for their actions. Click HERE for the full article. — Top Haitian human rights lawyer slams UN over sexual misconduct allegations Benjamin Shingler, CBC News  August 12th, 2016 The case of […]

Canada’s Renewed Interest in Peacekeeping Must Prioritize Accountability

Canada has been making moves towards increasing its involvement in UN peacekeeping but this editorial board wants to remind the government that peacekeeping comes with challenges. The UN is currently facing a serious accountability problem, particularly with the cholera epidemic it began in Haiti, and the sexual abuse perpetrated by peacekeepers all over the world. If Canada is to increase its troop commitment, it must also take steps to ensure that these human rights violations are addressed and don’t continue to happen under its watch. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Editorial: Peacekeeping is no picnic Ottawa Citizen Editorial Board, Ottawa Citizen August 5, 2016 Soon after his election victory in 2015, Justin Trudeau declared, “We’re back.” It was a message to both reassure and vindicate those who “worried that Canada (had) lost its compassionate and […]

Canadian Government May Improve Relations with Alleged Victims of UN Peacekeepers

As Canada’s new Liberal government gears up to reengage with peacekeeping efforts, the issue of peacekeeper sexual exploitation and abuse has been brought into the spotlight and highlighted with the recent accusation of three more Canadian peacekeepers in Haiti. Although the UN has bolstered its talk of “zero-tolerance policies” with regards to sexual misconduct by troops, evidence of actual action to facilitate paternity and abuse claims has proven to be difficult to find. With the recent revelations of the disturbing sexual exploitation of children in the Central African Republic by peacekeepers, the precedent is being set for future transparency and concrete legislation by the UN and member state governments like Canada. Global Affairs within the Canadian government has explicitly stated its intent on finding the best way to address these issues. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full […]

Haitian Diaspora Advocacy for Cholera Justice Grows

That Haitian diaspora has the potential to be a strong force in the cholera justice movement, particularly because it is strongest in countries that have major influence on the United Nations–the United States, Canada, and France. The renewed calls for cholera justice were reinforced this week by Haitian cholera victims’ delivery of over 2000 letters to the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince. For the first time, several governments have also called for justice. If all of these groups continue to come together for cholera justice, the UN will have no choice but to be accountable. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Moving Closer to Justice for the Victims of Cholera in Haiti Beatrice Lindstrom, Boston Haitian Reporter May 12, 2016 Men Anpil, Chay Pa Lou Haitian cholera victims and diaspora leaders abroad are turning up the […]

Plus de 145 personnalités et organismes demandent la justice pour cholera en Haïti

Plus de 145 personnalités et organismes au Canada appuient les victimes du choléra en Haïti dans une lettre ouverte au Premier ministre Justin Trudeau. Dans la lettre, ils énumèrent appels à la justice faite par les initiés des Nations Unies. Puis, ils demandent au Canada de prendre l’initiative en appelant à la responsabilité des Nations Unies. Une partie de la lettre est ci-dessous. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complet. Over 145 Canadian individuals and organizations support Haiti’s cholera victims in an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In the letter, they list calls for justice made by UN insiders. Then, they demand that Canada take the lead in calling for UN accountability for cholera. Click HERE for the English version of the letter. Lettre ouverte au très honorable Justin Trudeau, Premier ministre du Canada Monsieur le Premier ministre, Nous, soussignés, […]

Un Peacekeepers Father Children, Leaving Haitians in Increased Poverty

Despite protocols and rules saying that United Nations peacekeepers should not have sexual relations with local people when they’re deployed, sexual abuse and exploitation has become a major problem in UN missions worldwide. An even bigger problem is when those relations result in fatherless children and leave the mothers even poorer than before the peacekeepers arrived. Since 2010, at least 15 children were fathered by peacekeepers in Haiti. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Quebec police officers engaged in sexual misconduct in Haiti Jean-Philippe Robillard, CBC News April 6, 2016 Several Quebec police officers engaged in sexual misconduct while working as UN peacekeepers in Haiti, including at least two who had children with Haitian women during the course of their mission, Radio-Canada has learned. “There’s a code of silence. The cases that are not reported are kept secret. […]

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