Here is a picture of Haitian children fathered by U.N. peacekeepers.
The U.N. peacekeeping force, MINUSTAH, was sent to Haiti in 2004 to keep order following a movement that toppled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. since, some peacekeepers have been accused of several abuses including rape, using excessive force, introducing cholera and fathering children in some cases with under age women.
A recent report released by the United Nation has brought to light the dark side of the U.N personnel-- sexual exploitation and abuse against civilians while they were stationed in countries plagued by conflict and natural disaster. The revelation came after interviewing 231 people in Haiti, who claimed that they were forced to perform sexual acts with the UN peacekeepers in exchange for 'basic necessities'. In the past, the UN workers were accused in a similar way of fathering and subsequently abandoning children at the end of their deployment in Cambodia, Mozambique, Bosnia, Sudan, Kosovo, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. A report reveals that UN Peacekeepers fathered 24,500 babies in Cambodia and 6,600 in Liberia. The U.N. force in Haiti currently includes 4,899 uniformed personnel, a combination of military and civilian police, from more than a dozen countries. As per Ghandi Shukry, the head of a Conduct and Discipline Unit in the U.N. mission, 29 claims for paternity have been submitted against MINUSTAH to the U.N. in Haiti and 18 of them were classified as 'victims', because they were receiving some kinds of supports. There are many unreported instances of non-payment where the women took the badges of the peacekeepers and threatened to reveal their infidelity via social media. However, in 2003, the U.N Secretary General circulated a bulletin on "Zero Tolerance Policy" in this regard.
Here is something that is adding more fuel to a fire. The alleged rape by member of the Uruguayan peacekeeping force in Haiti. There is a video circulating of an alleged rape of an 18-year-old Haitian man by Uruguayan U.N. peacekeeping troops.
President Jose Mujica said public outrage in Haiti has surged over a video shot by a video and circulating on the Internet that shows laughing Uruguayan marines pinning the young Haitian face down on a mattress and apparently assaulting him sexually.
The Uruguayan government also released in the statement that they will provide compensation to the Haitian victim
PeaceOn September 25, 2014, Edmond Mulet, the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations at the United Nations and the former Special Representative of the Secretary General of the UN and Head of the MINUSTAH has praised the Haitian President Michel Martelly for the significant progresses he has made in Haiti during Martelly / Lamothe regime.
The Martelly's team is honest, very engaged and committed to their country. The only weakness is that President Martelly doesn't have a political party-- to back him in parliament. His base is really the population at large. He was satisfied with the level of security management system in Haiti and urged the Haitian Senate to take steps to hold parliamentary and local elections at the earliest opportunity. Edmond Mulet is a former Guatemalan politician and diplomat. He first came to Haiti in June 2006.
Here is a picture of the UN peacekeepers from Nepal that is according to many studies brought the strain of cholera to Haiti. The Cholera epidemic is responsible for the death of many people in Haiti. These studies has established a direct link between the arrival of the Nepalese UN battalion near the small town of Mirebalais and the cholera epidemic
Here is a picture of MINUSTAH Lieutenant General José Luiz Jaborandy who died on August 31.
Lieutenant General Jaborandy, who led MINUSTAH as Force Commander, has died. He assumed the leadership post in March 2014.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed sorrow in a press release, sharing ". . . he was grateful to the Lt. General for his leadership and dedication to the cause of peace . . . shown during his deployment."
Ban sent the Jaborandy family his deeply-felt sympathies and to the Brazilian government. Jaborandy was born in Brazil.
Haiti is set to be free from all foreign troops in less than two years from now. If all goes as planned, all UN, MINUSTAH troops will be out of Haiti no later than 2016.
April 30th this year has marked eight years since the formation of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Brazil has played a big leadership role in MINUSTAH since President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was ousted in early 2004. It was controversial then because it was regarded as a type of colonial government by the UN in the wake of Aristide's abrupt forced departure from power, following major national protests and violence. A report dated May 22, 2015, indicates that Brazil government has decided to remove its troops engaged in the MINUSTAH by the end of 2016. Currently, there are 1,343 Brazilian military acting in the country. The number will be reduced to 970 and 850 by the end of June and December respectively, this year, before the final withdrawal by the end of 2016. The forces from other countries will be withdrawn before the final withdrawal of Brazilian troop. During Brazil's ten years stay in Haiti, it has spent US$750 million (R$ 2.3 billion) of which US$ 320 million (R$ 1 billion) have been reimbursed by the United Nations.
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One thing for sure is that Brazil will not have any troop in Haiti after 2016. The Brazilian Defence Minister, Jaques Wagner, made it clear.
The former Special Representative of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Haiti, Ricardo Seitenfus made the news once again by stating that the presence of United Nations in Haiti is illegal. MINUSTAH is operating in Haiti illegally.
Recently at a round table conference on Haitian election, Ricardo Seitenfus, the Brazilian professor and the former Special Representative of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Haiti has said that the existence of the United Nation in Haiti is illegal, because the presence of MINUSTAH in the country contravenes the Haitian constitution and some treaties signed by the country. And thus, the immunities that the UN enjoys, is illegal too. Earlier, professor Seitenfus had criticized the role played by MINUSTAH and Haitian friends groups in the matter of resolving political crises in Haiti. Nearly $8.6 billion have been spent on the UN mission's operation in the country, but unfortunately, different international communities, particularly MINUSTAH are persistently repeating the same mistake.
Here is a picture taken during a protest in Port-au-Prince where Haitian Deputy Arnel Belizaire was confronting both a Canadian and Brazilian member of the MINUSTAH force.
Millions have seen the image of Haitian Deputy Arnel Belizaire brandishing an assault rifle while speaking to members of MINUSTAH at a demonstration. The image has led to much debate, including the letter to the President of the Chamber of Deputies, sent by the new Canadian Ambassador to Haiti, Paula Caldwell St-Onge. In her letter, she criticizes the deputy, calling for Stevenson Jacques Thimoleon to bring his parliamentarians who have no respect for Haiti's laws to order. For his part, Belizaire has said he had recovered the gun after MINUSTAH soldiers began firing shots into the non-violent group of protesters.
Here is a picture of a protest taking place on December 12, 2014 against the Government of Michel Martelly. One thing that was very different in this protest, instead of security being provided by Haitian police, this time it was reinforced by UN peacekeepers who did not hesitate to fire on the protesters.
This was taking place as the government is trying to calm the situation. Haiti's opposition parties are pleased Prime Minister Lamothe has agreed to step down. President Martelly made the decision to ask for Lamothe's resignation, following the Consultative Commission's (CC) recommendation he leave to help break the political impasse so far irresolvable.
The crisis the government faces is the possibility Martelly could rule by decree in January, if Haitians can't go to the ballot box and vote by January 11th. Failure to hold elections by then means the Senate will lack a quorum of 16 senators, and cannot hold sessions, effectively dissolving Parliament. The CC recommends a consensus government be put in place, partially made up of opposition members, and breaking up the electoral council. Lamothe appeared on a national broadcast to announce his resignation and point to his accomplishments: a reduction in poverty and cutting the crime rate in half.
Here is a picture of a case of sexual abuse caught on video in Haiti. Member of the Uruguayan peacekeepers who are part of MINUSTAH in Haiti are accused of sexually abusing a Haitian young man. The video that was taken from a cell phone showed four U.N. peacekeepers from Uruguay as they were sexually assaulting a young Haitian man. This scene took place in a room while the soldiers were laughing. Authorities of the U.N. later stated that they have not confirmed the authenticity of the video showing the alleged abuse by the U.N. Peacekeepers. They intend to investigate the allegation and punish anyone found guilty.