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Impunity for UN Peacekeepers Who Rape Women in Haiti

In talking to women around Haiti, Al Jazeera Fault Lines found only one in twelve women who reported being raped by a United Nations peacekeeper. The one woman who filed the report never heard back Neither did BAI’s Mario Joseph, who sent legal notices to the UN last summer regarding paternity claims. Women in Haiti feel that the decades of UN impunity show there is no point in reporting this abuse because they will not get justice. Mario is trying to change that, though child support from UN peacekeepers is a rare occurrence. Al Jazeera English will air this story at 2230 GMT / 2330 WAT on 22 March 2017 and repeat it on 25 March 2017 at 1630 GMT / 1730 WAT / 1830 CAT / 1930 EAT. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. […]

Lapolis Ayiti Bezwen Fè Plis Pou Pwoteje Dwa Fanm

Pòt pawòl lapolis ayiti fèk fè yon deklarasyon ki plis sanble l’ap ede kadejakè ke l’ap ede viktim kadejakè yo: Li di ke li ta konseye jèn fanm evite al nan chanm gason. Deklarasyon konsa fè travay pou dwa fanm pi difisil paske li pa montre kadejakè yo ke fanm yo gen sipò. Aktyèlman, kèk ane de sa, leta ayisyen te lage yon bann kadejakè KOFAVIV te ede yo met nan prizon. Kadejakè yo voye bandi ki telman menase leader KOFAVIV yo, Malya Villard ak Eramithe Delva, Malya ak Eramithe te oblije kite Ayiti vin viv Etazini. Li lè pou lapolis ak leta fin fè eksiz pou kadejakè, pou viktim yo manyen jwenn jistis ak respè. Yon pati atik la anba. Klike ISI pou li tout teks la. Kondane Viktim Kadejak se yon Pratik ki Dwe Fini Etant Dupain, Woy Magazine […]

A New UN: Independent Tribunal as a Solution to Immunity Abuse

With the issue of widespread peacekeeper sexual abuse arising amidst cases such as cholera in Haiti, the United Nations must take steps to stop the misuse of its immunity.  In this opinion piece, Danny Bradlow explores the establishment of an independent tribunal within the UN as a potential solution to the general lack of accountability. He maintains the necessity of an independent justice mechanism, putting it into the context of the upcoming 2017 appointment of the new Secretary General. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full article. ….. What can be done to stop the United Nations abusing its immunity Danny Bradlow, The Conversation June 26, 2016 The passage of time can play cruel tricks on noble intentions. The person selected as the new United Nations (UN) Secretary-General later this year should keep this in mind as he or she evaluates how effectively […]

Steady Progress Against Sexual Violence in Haiti

Below is a brief report from one of our partners in Haiti, KOFAVIV, on the current women’s rights situation. The report describes the decrease in rapes since the 2010 earthquake and the need for continued work on the justice system so that more perpetrators are prosecuted. Making Progress in the Fight Against Gender-based Violence Malya Villard Appolon May 2016 On behalf of KOFAVIV, the Commission of Women Victims helping women Victims, I extend our appreciation to everyone who has helped to provide services to women and girls who have been victims of sexual violence in Haiti. The 2010 earthquake led to significant increase in insecurity and impoverishment in a country already coping with economic hardship and instability. The natural disaster impacted negatively the nation as a whole, where everyone was grieving over the loss of a loved one, their homes, […]

7 Important Questions for the Next UN Secretary General

For the first time, the United Nations is trying to make the process of choosing a new Secretary General more transparent by welcoming public questioning of the candidates. This article lists some crucial questions for the candidates to think about regarding UN accountability for sexual abuse and the Haitian cholera epidemic brought by peacekeepers, climate change, having the first-ever female Secretary General, and more. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. 7 questions we want the candidates for U.N. secretary-general to answer Tom Murphy and Lisa Nikolau, Humanosphere April 15, 2016 Yesterday wrapped up the first-ever public questioning of the candidates vying for the post as the next head of the United Nations. The once completely opaque process is changing thanks to public campaigns and pressure from member countries. Declared candidates fielded questions from members of […]

Can the Next Secretary-General Improve UN Accountability?

Although the United Nations does much commendable work around the world, it has increasingly come under fire for its lack of accountability, particularly in cases of sexual abuse and the cholera epidemic it brought to Haiti. Many are wondering how the next Secretary-General, who will be chosen this year, can begin to address these issues. Some of the ideas and suggestions are discussed in this article. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Can a new boss fix the U.N.? Mark Porubansky, MinnPost April 13, 2016 It’s hard to imagine the world getting even as far as it has in tackling climate change without the United Nations pushing governments to reduce emissions. Or the Iran-nuclear deal, as imperfect as it is, having taken shape without the U.N. imposing sanctions on Iran or its teams of inspectors […]

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