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Not Too Late for UN to Apologize to Haiti for Cholera

Special Rapporteur Philip Alston has released a report condemning the UN for their inaction in the cholera crisis in Haiti.  The admittance by the UN of their involvement in the origins of the epidemic is important, but Alston states that there is still a long road ahead in the UN righting their wrong. Part of the article is below.  Click HERE for the full article. Human Rights Expert to UN Chief: It’s Not Too Late to Say Sorry to Haitians for Cholera Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy October 25, 2016 About two months ago, the United Nations ended years of denial about the role of U.N. peacekeepers in causing Haiti’s 2010 cholera epidemic,acknowledging for the first time that blue helmets had a hand in it. But the U.N. has yet to issue an apology or to accept legal responsibility for those actions, instead […]

More of the Same With UN Secretary-General Candidate Malcorra

Frontrunner to be the next UN Secretary-General, Susana Malcorra represents the bureaucratic politics the UN seeks to reform. While she is known to broker deals between member states and bring political expediency, she is also seen as unwilling to stand up to powerful member states like America and Russia and compromises on human rights in the process. Her prowess in maneuvering multilateral institutions and her career in the UN Secretariat means that she is owed some responsibility for the UN failings such as accepting responsibility for the cholera outbreak in Haiti. Can a Consummate Insider Bring the Change the U.N. Desperately Needs? Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy 5 July 2016 Susana Malcorra, Argentina’s foreign minister and a leading candidate to become the U.N.’s ninth secretary-general, understands the inner workings of Turtle Bay better than any of her 10 rivals, a double-edged attribute that could […]

How to Improve Peacekeeping Worldwide

It seems like more often than not, peacekeepers around the world have hurt local populations more than they have helped. This article discusses why that happens–usually by peacekeepers being out of touch with the local population–and how that can change. The solutions are simpler than one might think. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Trouble in Peaceland By operating from a fortified bubble, dismissing local knowledge, and not speaking the language, peace missions are actually hindering the people they’re trying to help. Severine Autesserre, Foreign Policy October 6, 2015   May 2010, in an attempt to bring state authority back to war-torn parts of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) began helping the Congolese police deploy officers to particularly volatile villages. Aided by other international peacebuilding organizations, […]

Impunity for Peacekeeper Sexual Abuse Must End

There has been a new case of sexual abuse in the Central African Republic, where in just 3 years, 13 peacekeepers have been accused of rape or sexual assault. This article breaks down the problem of sexual assault and abuse as it relates to impunity of United Nations peacekeepers. Often, the victims never see justice as “To a large degree, a denial of justice in peacekeeper sexual abuse is baked into the system.” Many organizations, such as AIDS-Free World, are standing up to say that the culture of impunity must change. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. The U.N. Is Not Serious About Its Peacekeeper Rape Problem Lauren Wolfe, Foreign Policy August 13, 2015 It was a raid gone horribly wrong. In the early morning hours of Sunday, Aug. 2, U.N. peacekeeping troops in the Central […]

US Foreign Policy vs UN Cholera Epidemic

This article examines the US Government’s involvement in the ongoing case against the United Nations on behalf of Haiti cholera victims. It argues that the decision by the US to intervene on the UN’s behalf and assert the organization’s immunity to suit is not in line its stated foreign policy goals. Supporting the UN’s evasion from the judicial system altogether, they suggest, is constitutionally problematic and allows the UN to hide behind empty promises. Importantly, they note how UN immunity in this case would violate the fundamental principles of justice and human rights, which were ironically the very principles on which the UN’s immunity was built. Part of the post is below. Click HERE for the full text. Foreign Policy in the Time of Cholera Adam Houston, Peggy Chateauneuf, Beatrice Lindstrom; The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs October 23, 2014 The […]

Haiti Needs National Dialogue to Solve Chronic Problems

The way aid organizations used the billions donated after Haiti’s 2010 earthquake undermined the government by circumventing it, rather than using the opportunity to strengthen and restructure it. The fact that Haiti’s majority, the poor, are often left out of politics also hinders the country from growth. This article proposes using a national dialogue to address these issues, particularly if Haiti’s large youth population is included in this conversation that will affect their future. Why Haiti Needs a National Dialogue Clare Lockhart and Johanna Mendelson Forman, Foreign Policy July 28, 2014 Note: This article is an abridged version of a longer report, “Escaping the Crisis Trap: New Options for Haiti,” produced by the Legatum Institute and the Institute for State Effectiveness. On the afternoon of January 12, 2010, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince. Shoddy construction compounded the scale […]

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