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National and International Human Rights Organizations Call on Haiti’s Government to Renew the Mandate  of the UN’s Independent Expert on Human Rights 

The Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti and other international human rights organizations sent a letter to the Haitian government demanding that it renew the mandate of Gustavo Gallon, the United Nations’ Independent Expert on Human Rights in Haiti. The organizations stated in the letter that they regretted that the Haitian government rejected a proposal to extend Gallon’s mandate for a one-year period. They said that they hope that Haiti’s officials will consider the recommendations made by Gallon to advance human rights in the country. A French version of this letter can be found HERE.

Women Impregnated by Peacekeepers Need UN Cooperation, but Met with Silence

Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) is representing Haitian women who were impregnated, and left without child support payments, by United Nations peacekeepers. The women face housing and food shortages, struggling to make ends meet for their families. However, the UN has thus far been uncooperative in the cases and withheld results of DNA tests administered to some of the women. UN cooperation is crucial to the success of these cases and in order to help the women and their families to meet their basic needs. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Haitian mothers claim UN unresponsive over support for peacekeeper children Rebecca Ratcliffe, The Guardian April 21, 2017 The UN has been accused of refusing to cooperate with a human rights group that is pursuing child support payments for women left pregnant by its peacekeeping forces. Lawyers representing 10 women […]

Where are Haitian Voices in the UN Remedial Process for Cholera?

The injustice perpetuated by the United Nations continues as little action has been done to reduce cholera, offer remedies to those affected, and incorporate victims into the remedial process. The UN has promised to help reduce cholera and provide collective reparations, such as health centers and schools. However, many Haitian victims prefer individual reparations, including small cash transfers that will allow them to rebuild their lives and reduce the debt incurred from travel to hospitals or funeral costs. Additionally, many are distrustful of the UN and any promises for community development, and they will likely remain wary of these promises until individual lives start to improve and cholera is no longer a threat. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Haiti’s cholera victims still can’t get what they need from the UN Nicolas Lemay-Hébert and Rosa Freedman, The Conversation April 19, 2017 The United Nations is once […]

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). […]

UN Poisoning of Roma in Kosovo Mirrors Haiti Cholera

When Roma families moved onto land contaminated with lead, health experts warned the United Nations that the land was toxic and the families should be relocated. Even so, the residents were left there for years accumulating health problems, especially among expecting mothers, children and the elderly, because of the toxic soil and dust in the region. For perhaps a decade, victims of this poisoning and their advocates have been seeking an apology and compensation from the UN but their efforts have been frustrated just like the efforts of cholera victims and their advocates: If the UN goes too far in acknowledging its responsibility, it may be legally bound to actually pay for its negligence. Part of the article is below. Read the full text here. Roma Sickened in U.N. Camps Are Still Waiting for Redress Rick Gladstone, The New York Times April 18, […]

Unanimous Vote Brings End to MINUSTAH

Today, the UN Security Council voted to end the MINUSTAH peacekeeping mission after a 13-year presence in Haiti. But, the end of this mission does not mean the end of the UN’s influence in the country. The vote determined that MINUSTAH will be replaced by a smaller police mission, which is intended to promote the rule of law and human rights. MINUSTAH has been plagued by controversy since it began its mission, and, despite what may happen with the future mission, many in Haiti are happy to see it go. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. UN to Close Haiti Peacekeeping Mission in October Margaret Besheer, Voice of America News April 13, 2017 The United Nations Security Council took action Thursday to begin shutting down its 13-year-old peacekeeping mission in Haiti. The current 5,000-strong mission will begin drawing down its […]

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