Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

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 […]

How the UN Can Save Its Image

Allan Rock, former Canadian Ambassador to the UN, calls attention to the UN’s slipping image since its 1950s heyday. In current times, the UN fails to hold itself accountable when confronted by such issues as Peacekeepers’ sexual exploitation of vulnerable populations and the cholera outbreak in Haiti. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Rock: We Must Fix the UN’s Culture of Coverups Around Peacekeeping Allan Rock, Ottawa Citizen June 13, 2016 Last weekend we marked the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. Canada has always been closely associated with UN peacekeeping, and with good reason: It was invented by our former prime minister, Lester Pearson, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. And Canadian forces have made important contributions to many UN peacekeeping missions over the years, including Cyprus, where we served with […]

Mario Joseph Accuses Canada of 2004 Coup Participation

In a recent meeting in Canada, BAI’s Mario Joseph accused Montreal mayor Denis Coderre of lying when he said Canada wanted Aristide to stay in power before the 2004 coup d’etat. Mario also explained that the situation in Haiti has worsened since the Coup, especially after UN peacekeepers brought cholera in 2010. He says that imperial powers like Canada and the US need to just leave Haiti in peace. Haitian lawyer accuses Montreal mayor Coderre of lying about Aristide ’04 ouster Andy Blatchford, Ottawa Citizen February 27, 2014 MONTREAL – A prominent Haitian human-rights lawyer is calling on former federal cabinet minister Denis Coderre to apologize for allegedly lying about Canada’s involvement in the ouster of the Caribbean nation’s president 10 years ago. Attorney Mario Joseph made the request Thursday during a visit to Montreal that coincided with the anniversary of […]

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