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Viol : de petits progrès éclipsés par d’énormes défis

English Translation Here Par Jean Pharès Jérôme– cet article a été publié  le quotidien Le Nouvelliste Grâce au plaidoyer des organisations de défense des droits humains combiné aux cris d’alarme de la population contre la multiplication des cas de viol dans les camps de déplacés après le séisme du 12 janvier 2010, on observe de timides progrès dans la prise en charge des victimes. Depuis, des cellules de prise en charge du viol ont été créées ; des verdicts exemplaires contre des coupables de viol ont été prononcés; des victimes sont mieux informées de leurs droits. Des signes qui prouvent quelques progrès dans la lutte contre le viol même si, dans certaines régions du pays, la violation des droits des victimes est systématique à cause de nombreux facteurs, dont la corruption au sein du système judiciaire, la défaillance ou l’absence […]

The Oxfam sex abuse scandal demonstrates the urgent need for legal accountability in the humanitarian aid sector

By Sienna Merope-Synge Sienna Merope-Synge is a Staff Attorney at the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti This article was originally published by Al Jazeera The backlash against Oxfam continues to grow, but the scandal is just the tip of the iceberg of unaccountable “humanitarian” action in Haiti. In the wake of revelations that its staff solicited prostitutes in post-earthquake Haiti, Oxfam has pointed to an internal investigation that led to senior employees resigning or being fired, and released a new 10-point plan to eradicate sexual abuse. But what is striking is that the charity never treated its staff’s abuses as a legal matter. Let’s be clear: this behaviour wasn’t just unacceptable, it was unlawful. Prostitution is illegal under Haitian law and if minors were involved, this was also statutory rape. The behaviour also constituted illegal child prostitution under […]

Sexual Violence in Haiti is increasingly becoming a Public Health Issue

Sexual Violence in Haiti has become an increasingly heightened issue against women, children and toddlers. Due to limited health services being provided for victims of sexual violence, many claim that sexual violence in Haiti is indeed a public health problem considering emergency contraception and antiretroviral drugs to prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS are needed as well as further medical treatment. Read Full Article HERE Sexual violence in Haiti is a public health problem: charity Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Rampant sexual violence in Haiti against women and children, including some toddlers, should be treated as a public health issue and more care made available for survivors, the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said. Most of the 1,300 survivors of sexual violence who had been treated at one clinic run by MSF in the […]

U.N. Can and Must Deliver on its Promise to Haitian People

In less than three months, the United Nations will close its controversial 13-year peacekeeping mission known as MINUSTAH. The U.N.’s mission in Haiti has been plagued by a series of controversies ranging from cholera to sexual abuse. After six years of denying its role in the cholera epidemic that has killed 10, 000 Haitians and sickened over 800, 000, the U.N. finally apologized to people of Haiti. Nearly eight months since then Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the New Approach, the victims of cholera are still waiting on U.N. to deliver on its promises, meanwhile the disease continues to kill at least one Haitian every day. Tell the U.N. it’s time to deliver. Join our Time2Deliver campaign and urge your country to contribute to the cholera fund. Read the full Op-ED HERE. U.N. continues to stumble — badly — in Haiti By Lauren Carasik, Miami Herald April 12, 2017 […]

The U.N. Has not Done Enough to Provide for Victims of Sexual Abuse

The United Nations will end its 13-year peacekeeping mission in Haiti on October 16, but its legacy is on the line. The mission has been plagued by a series of controversies, ranging from sex scandals to the cholera outbreak. Failing to address the above issues, the U.N. risks tarnishing its global image and undermining its credibility around the world. Click HERE for the full article. Haitian minors claim UN peacekeepers fathered their children CGTN, June 21, 2017 For more than a decade, the United Nations has established a peacekeeping mission in the country, one of the longest-running in the world. In October, that will come to an end. Their presence has been controversial because U.N. peacekeepers face accusations of sexual abuse. Some of those claims come from teenagers who will bear a great burden long after the U.N. troops are gone. CGTN’s […]

Lack of Accountability Allows Peacekeeper Sexual Abuse to Continue Running Rampant

While the United Nations peacekeepers were purportedly sent to Haiti to protect the people there, Haitians are not so sure. UN peacekeepers brought cholera to Haiti in 2010, for the first time recorded in the country’s history. UN peacekeepers have also been perpetrators of sexual abuse and exploitation of both women and children in Haiti and other countries around the world. The vast majority of the time, justice is not served for these abuses because it is left up to the home countries to prosecute the perpetrators. Rather than revealing these scandals and shaming the home countries into acting justly, the UN has kept the abuses under wraps, helping the culture of impunity to continue. U.S. ambassadors are now demanding that all nations who supply peacekeepers hold abusers accountable, or risk losing their agreements with the UN (and thus, their compensation). […]

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