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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 […]

Where’s the $500 million Red Cross raised for Haiti earthquake relief?

After Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake, the American Red Cross out-fundraised most other aid organizations, receiving almost $500 million in donations. The Red Cross promised to build thousands of homes but has only built 6 permanent homes in over 5 years. In the interview below, an investigator from NPR explains how she and other journalists discovered this information and why this may have happened. Millions were donated to Red Cross for Haiti earthquake relief. Why haven’t more been helped? PBS June 3, 2015 In 2010, a catastrophic earthquake ravaged Haiti, leaving 1.5 million people homeless. The American Red Cross raised nearly $500 million for relief efforts, announcing plans to create new communities. But an investigation by ProPublica and NPR has concluded that the Red Cross response has been plagued by failures. Jeffrey Brown interviews NPR investigative correspondent Laura Sullivan.   Click HERE […]

Haiti’s Non-Governmental Organizations Fill in for Shattered Government

PBS NewsHour Transcript: JEFFREY BROWN: Next: the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, where the government still struggles to operate, and private international aid groups work to fill the gap. Here’s the first of two reports from correspondent Dave Iverson of public station KQED San Francisco. DAVID IVERSON: In post-earthquake Haiti, the U.N. and international relief agencies are everywhere, clearing rubble, providing emergency supplies, even guarding the ruined presidential palace. They’re prominent in part because of what isn’t here: Haiti’s government. All that’s left of the government health ministry, for example, are these skeletal remains. Four months after the quake, and Haitians like Daniel Tillias know they still can’t count on much government help. DANIEL TILLIAS, translator, Community Organizer: People are in need for jobs. They are in need for food. They’re in need for the very basic needs. So, […]

PBS Frontline: The Quake

PBS Frontline April 1, 2010 On Jan. 12, 2010, one of the most devastating earthquakes in recorded history leveled the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince. Those responsible for handling the catastrophe, including the Haitian government and the United Nations, were among the victims. FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith bears witness to the scale of the disaster and takes viewers on a searing and intimate journey into the camps, hospitals and broken neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince. Featuring never-before-seen footage of the moments after the earthquake and interviews with top officials from Port-au-Prince to Washington, The Quake ultimately asks, how will the world respond? “Beyond immediate relief efforts lies a harder task,” says FRONTLINE’s Smith. “The world has to decide whether to simply patch up Haiti now or to take on the far more ambitious goal of building a functional Haitian state.” The Quake explores […]

Billions in Aid Pledged to Haiti: What Comes Next

PBS News Hour By: Hari Sreenivasan A U.N.-sponsored donor conference in Haiti exceeded expectations and generated nearly $10 billion in pledges to help Haiti recover from a Jan. 12 earthquake, said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday. U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice said on Wednesday’s NewsHour that the donations will help Haiti move “beyond the emergency phase into real, lasting recovery and development. And the theme of the conference today … is to build back Haiti better.” Now that the pledges have been made, what are the next steps? For that, we talked to Monika Kalra Varma, director of the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights. You can watch our conversation here: Click HERE to see the Original Article

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