Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Haitians to U.N.: Please Leave (In These Times)

Rebecca Burns, In These Times November 24, 2011 Amid allegations of serious abuses, a growing number of Haitians want peacekeeping forces out of their country. On October 14, the U.N. Security Council voted to renew the mandate of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), paving the way for the peacekeeping force’s eighth year of operations in the Caribbean nation. The unanimous decision was made with little discussion of allegations that peacekeepers in Haiti have committed serious abuses, including sexual assault, killing protestors and complicity in forced evictions. Amid widespread distrust of MINUSTAH, which is backed and financed in large part by the U.S. government, a growing number of Haitian and international organizations are calling for the withdrawal of the U.N. force and an end to the militarization of Haiti’s reconstruction. While the Security Council also authorized a reduction […]

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