Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

The U.N. Should Stop Ignoring Victims of Sexual Assault and Children Fathered by Peacekeepers

In less than five months the United Nations will wrap up its 13-year controversial peacekeeping mission in Haiti known as MINUSTAH, but failure to take necessary step to remedy the victims of cholera and sexual abuse in Haiti, U.N. can risk tarnishing its global image. The U.N. mission has been marred by a series of scandals. A mission the was supposed to protect human rights in the countries is now responsible for spreading a deadly but preventable disease in the country which is responsible for the death of nearly 10,000 Haitians, and sickened many more thousands. Additionally, its peacekeeping soldiers have sexually abused women, men and children. All those victims from cholera outbreak to sexual abuse and child support. Read  the full article HERE. Haitian women press for recognition from U.N. peacekeeper fathers   Makini Brice, Reuters Jun 1, 2017 For Roseleine Duperval, the United […]

What Does Immunity Really Mean for UN Perpetrators of Sexual Assault?

The United Nations has been heavily criticized for high incidences of rape perpetrated by peacekeepers and for its policies in response to such allegations. Despite a “zero tolerance” approach, the UN has shielded its perpetrators from consequences under immunity laws and, in a few instances, doled out punishments that are shockingly disproportionate to the crime. For example, impregnating a minor resulted in only a nine-day suspension. Many UN officials, including the Secretary-General and the the UN director of the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Management, have committed the organization to end impunity, hold peacekeepers accountable and stop sexual exploitation and assault, but many are wary that the promises they have heard for decades will continue to disappoint without a critical look at the immunity laws and how far they can reach. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original […]

VICE documentary on UNaccountable Peacekeepers in Haiti

VICE documentary chronicles the UN peacekeepers’ crimes in Haiti. “A perpetrator certainly can be brought to justice. If you look at the UN system there’s lots of procedures that allow that to happen. It’s just that those procedures in practice are not allowed to work,” Brian Concannon. The documentary features interviews from Haitian victims of sexual assault, a former Haitian prime minister, former staff against whom the UN retaliated, and Brian Concannon of IJDH. Watch the video HERE. “Peacekeepers Turned Perpetrators” Gianna Toboni, VICE November 28th, 2016 Click here to view VICE documentary  

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