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UN Plans to Withdraw from Haiti Following Signs of Political Stability

The international community is hailing Haiti’s recent election as a sign that it is time for the United Nations to withdraw its peacekeeping force in Haiti, MINUSTAH. Leaders are concerned, however, about the Haitian National Police (PNH) remaining apolitical after the MINUSTAH drawdown because the last time the UN withdrew from Haiti, PNH became politicized and eventually collapsed. The current Haitian administration has mentioned its interest in creating a national army but UN Secretary-General Guterres is hoping international support will help make PNH more effective and Haiti’s permanent representative approved of Guterres’ report on the topic. Part of the article is below. Read the full text here. U.N. Security Council supports replacing Haiti peacekeepers with smaller mission Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald April 11, 2017 The United Nations’ Security Council is welcoming a call by Secretary-General António Guterres to move to […]

U.N. may remove MINUSTAH military peacekeepers from Haiti

A United Nations official has said that the MINUSTAH peacekeeping operation in Haiti is under review, and this might lead to the removal of military peacekeepers from Haiti. The U.N. mission has been heavily criticized since its arrival in Haiti, from issues involving sexual abuse to the introduction of cholera in Haiti. The U.N. Security Council is expected to make its decision in April. Part of the article is posted below. Click HERE for the full article. U.N. considering removing military peacekeepers from Haiti: official Makini Brice, Reuters February 9, 2017 The United Nations is considering removing military personnel from its peacekeeping mission in Haiti, a U.N. official said on Thursday, indicating a possible scaling back of one of the body’s longest-running and widely-criticized missions. The U.N. mission in Haiti, often locally called by its French acronym MINUSTAH, has been in the country since […]

Malaysia Highlights Key Issues at Meeting on MINUSTAH

On March 17, the United Nations Security Council held a meeting on MINUSTAH, the peacekeeping force in Haiti. Malaysia made an outstanding statement, calling attention to a number of issues that were otherwise glossed over, including the need for the Secretary-General’s leadership on cholera justice, stronger representation of women in the Haitian government, and the irregularities and climate of insecurity that marred Haiti’s electoral process in 2015. All of these issues are critical to long-term stability, democracy and rule of law in Haiti. Part of the statement is below. Click HERE for the full text.   STATEMENT BY AMBASSADOR RAMLAN IBRAHIM, PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF MALAYSIA TO THE UNITED NATIONS  SECURITY COUNCIL DEBATE ON MINUSTAH  NEW YORK, 17 MARCH 2016 ____________________________________________________________________________ Mr. President, As commented by earlier speakers, Haiti had seen significant political developments in recent months most notably the holding of […]

Thousands of Cholera Victims Write Letters to the UN

In connection with Human Rights Day, December 10, victims of the ongoing cholera epidemic in Haiti have delivered over 2000 handwritten letters to the UN. The letters are personal appeals for the UN to live up to its own human rights obligations and provide justice and reparations to those who have suffered so much from cholera.   ———————– Here are some of the letters from the cholera victims. The rest will be continually added HERE.     (English Translation)   (English Translation)   (English Translation)   (English Translation)   (English Translation)   (English Translation)   (English Translation)   (English Translation)   (English Translation)   (English Translation)   (English Translation)   (English Translation)   (English Translation)   (English Translation)   (English Translation)   English Only

Cover Letter from Cholera Victims to UN Security Council

This letter was sent from Haitian cholera victims to the United Nations Security Council. English, Haitian Creole and French versions are below. Sa se yon lèt viktim kolera an ayiti te voye ba Konsey Sekirite Nasyonzini. Vèzyon anglè, kreyòl ak franse pi ba. Cette lettre a été envoyée à partir de victimes du choléra en Haïti au Conseil de Sécurité des Nations Unies. Les versions en anglais, en créole haïtien et en français sont ci-dessous. LETTER FROM VICTIMS OF THE HAITI CHOLERA EPIDEMIC TO MEMBERS OF THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL December 10, 2015 To: The President and Members of the United Nations Security Council Subject: Request by cholera victims for the support of the United Nations Security Council Dear Ambassadors, We are victims of the cholera epidemic introduced to Haiti by UN troops in 2010, and are writing to you on the […]

Haitian Cholera Victims Send 2,000 Letters to UN Security Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Kermshlise Picard, Communications Coordinator, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, media@ijdh.org; +1-617-652-0876 (English, Kreyòl). Haitian Cholera Victims Send 2,000 Letters to UN Security Council Make Personalized Appeal for Justice on Human Rights Day PORT-AU-PRINCE, NEW YORK December 10, 2015—In connection with Human Rights Day, December 10, victims of the ongoing cholera epidemic brought to Haiti by UN peacekeepers have written over 2,000 personal letters to the UN Security Council to ask governments to respond to their suffering and provide reparations in accordance with the UN’s legal obligations. “It is with great sadness that I am writing this letter…to remind you that human rights should be respected no matter which country one is from. If the peacekeepers from MINUSTAH did not contaminate our water supply with fecal matter, I never would have been infected with this […]

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