Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

New Survey Shows Residents of Haiti’s Capital Have Negative View of UN Troops and Feel They Should Compensate Victims of Cholera

For Immediate Release: February 15, 2012 Contact: Prof. Mark Schuller: mschuller@york.cuny.edu; 718-262-2611 Jamaica, NY – As a United Nations Security Council delegation visits Haiti to review the mandate of over 10,000 UN troops stationed there, a newly published survey indicates that a majority of residents of Haiti’s capital have a negative opinion of these troops, available here: http://ijdh.org/archives/25111.  The survey of over 800 households throughout Port-au-Prince shows that less than a quarter of respondents considered that the presence of the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti (or MINUSTAH) is a “good thing” while a majority feel that the troops aren’t providing adequate security.  A large percentage (43.9%) of respondents believed that MINUSTAH agents are or have been engaged in criminal activities such as violence, theft and rape. “The survey suggests that people in Port-au-Prince have an overall negative view of MINUSTAH,” survey […]

Is It Time for MINUSTAH to leave?

By Mark Schuller – York College, City University of New York and l’Université d’Etat d’Haïti Popular Perceptions of the UN Stabilization Mission in Port-au-Prince, Haiti EXECUTIVE SUMMARY An August 2011 survey of 800 Haitians living in Port-au-Prince shows that the presence of U.N. troops in Haiti is widely seen as problematic by residents of the country’s capital. Survey results show that only a relatively small minority of respondents are supportive of the U.N. mission, called United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (or MINUSTAH). Meanwhile, a majority considers that MINUSTAH is doing an inadequate job responding to violence, and a significant number of those surveyed believe that MINUSTAH has been involved in committing illegal acts. Though responses varied depending on a range of factors including age, education level and the rate of crime within respondents’ neighborhoods, a majority of respondents expressing […]

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