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AP Investigation Highlights UN’s Inability to Bring Justice for Sex Abuse Victims

Trish Wilson is the international investigators editor who oversaw a recent Associated Press investigation into UN sex abuse in Haiti. AP uncovered a sex ring involving at least 134 Sri Lankan peacekeepers, who exploited and abused 9 Haitian children over a period of three years. The UN had conducted an internal investigation into this ring; UN officials interviewed the children and confirmed their allegations of horrific abuse. However, the UN lacks jurisdiction to prosecute or punish its peacekeepers, and responsibility falls on perpetrators’ home countries. Thus, despite corroboration of the victims’ experiences, the peacekeepers faced few repercussions and were largely held unaccountable for the crimes, continuing a culture of impunity within the UN. Part of the interview is shown below. Click HERE for the original interview. UN peacekeepers accused of thousands of cases of abuse, AP finds PBS NewsHour April 12, 2017 JUDY […]

Amnesty International Denounces Slow Proceedings in Investigation Against Duvalier

February 20, 2016 marked the two year anniversary of the re-establishment of accusations of crimes against humanity against former president Duvalier. On this day, Amnesty International published a press release denouncing the slow development of the lawsuit against J-C Duvalier. The report draws attention to the continued delay in the Appeals’ judge investigation against Duvalier, which was started 2 years ago, and it demands that the new interim government ensure the investigation against Duvalier continues. Cliquez ICI pour la version française. Haiti: Move Ahead with Ex-Dictator Case, Don’t Let Political Instability Interfere with Justice Amnesty International February 21, 2016 The current critical political situation in Haiti should not be used as an excuse to deny justice to the victims of human rights violations during the regime of Jean-Claude Duvalier, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, FIDH, and Lawyers Without Borders Canada […]

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