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New U.N. Mission in Haiti Inherits Predecessor’s Negative Record

ISSN:1089-1560
LADB Article ID: 80458
Category/Department: Haiti
Date: 2017-11-09
By: George Rodríguez

A new UN mission is beginning its work in Haiti, picking up the pieces after its predecessor’s heavily negative record and with the local population skeptical of what they regard as a mere label change.After almost 14 years of what many people and human rights organizations consider a military occupation of Haiti, the Mission des Nations Unies pour la Stabilisation en Haïti (UN Mission for Stabilization in Haiti, MINUSTAH) left the country on October 15.Its successor, the Mission des Nations Unies pour l’Appui à la Justice en Haïti (UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti, MINUJUSTH), immediately stepped in. According to the official view, MINUJUSTH follows up on MINUSTAH’s excellent job in stabilizing the country, having upheld human rights and paved the way for a repeatedly delayed but ultimately completed election process.But Haitians in general and human rights advocates in particular point to the part of MINUSTAH’s record that includes reports of UN troopers’ sexual abuse of women and children, military anti-crime operations resulting in the killings of unarmed civilians, and thousands of deaths from an ongoing cholera epidemic that was triggered by soldiers of the UN group.They see no reason to believe the new mission will be any better than its predecessor.

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