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.
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
Haiti and the United Nations, relationship.
The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), a Multinational Interim Force (MIF) was first sent to Haiti on June 1, 2004, comprising 6,940 soldiers and 2,211 police, after the departure of President Bertrand Aristide into exile following a Coup d'état. To be more precise, its actual involvement in Haiti started in 1990 when at the request of the provisional government, an observer group was sent by the United Nation to oversee an election. When a coup d'état on 29 September 1991 overthrew (first time) President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, elected 8 months earlier, the Security Council set up a peacekeeping operation, United Nations Mission in Haiti (UNMIH)), on September 23, 1993. Following the earthquake of 2010, as per recommendation of the U.N Secretary-General, the number of forces in the MINUSTAH was increased. During their occupation in Haiti, they have trained Haitian Police forces (PNH) and helped to maintain laws and orders in the country.
Here is a picture of U.S. presidential candidate Martin O'Malley as he is asking the UN to take responsibility for cholera outbreak in Haiti.
U.S. presidential candidate Martin O'Malley says the UN needs to take responsibility for the cholera outbreak taking the lives of 8,000 victims since the earthquake. Abundant proof UN Nepalese soldiers' feces entered Haiti's water system makes the UN culpable.
The UN refutes charges it is to blame. Although the international body has supported a $2.2 billion project to eradicate cholera, it has only collected 13% of the money necessary to combat the plague.
These elections are of fundamental importance for Haiti according to the United Nations mission in Haiti as they welcomed calendar for elections
UN Stabilization Mission greeted with elation an official calendar for elections later this year. The UN and the international community are teaming with the Electoral Council to organize fair, inclusive, and transparent elections. When Haitians vote they will help to install the 50th session of Parliament and a new president in early 2016.
The UN Mission in Haiti is tasked with giving logistical and technical support to the government in order to facilitate the rule of law nationally and locally.
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.
This is the picture of several members of the United Nations Security Council as they were welcomed in Haiti by President Michel Martelly, Prime Minister Evans Paul and other members of his Ministerial cabinet
UN Security Council Visit presses for the Holding of Elections
A delegation of UN Security Council members came to Haiti to insist the government hold overdue state and local elections soon. While there UNSC would evaluate if the strength of the Haitian National Police has increased.
The appointment of new Prime Minister Evans Paul has not dissuaded protestors to stop their ongoing demonstrations.
UN Ambassador, Samantha Power. said, "Gains for Haiti will be for naught without political stability . . . . (the) current impasse jeopardizes progress."
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.
Progress Report on Haiti Public Health. President Martelly spoke before the UN 69th General Assembly on the progress made in the public health sector in Haiti.
He talked about ". . . efforts to reduce the incidence of diseases such as AIDs, malaria, and vector-borne diseases. . ." He cited statistics on lowered maternal mortality and live births that dropped more than 50%.
He also said 200-plus health centers were renovated or newly-built and training for medical professionals continues to be provided.