Judging the UN in Haiti: ‘We Let the Haitians Down’

    by  • November 9, 2017 • Caribbean, Gender-Based Violence, Geopolitics, Secretary-General, UN Peacekeeping • 1 Comment

    The population it serves can misunderstand a United Nations peacekeeping mandate. In the host country, with people’s lives, infrastructure and administrative systems often rendered dysfunctional by conflict, the population expects peacekeepers to restore order, build roads and other essentials, provide work, render justice and make life like it was before if not better. They...

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    Haitians’ Rights Were Violated Over Cholera Outbreak, UN Experts Assert

    by  • April 20, 2015 • WORLDVIEWS • 

    In September 2014, four United Nations human-rights experts wrote to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon alleging that the UN had violated human rights through the cholera epidemic in Haiti, which broke out in October 2010. This is the first time that an allegation letter — a formal complaint procedure typically used against governments — has been...

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    Colombia Takes a First Step to Participate in UN Peacekeeping Operations

    by  • February 1, 2015 • Caribbean, Child Soldiers, UN Peacekeeping • 

    As Colombia’s long civil war appears to be headed toward a hard-sought peaceful settlement, the government may be ready to send soldiers from its huge, well-financed military to participate in peacekeeping missions of the United Nations. Colombian forces’ work in fighting terrorism was presented as a selling point by its defense ministry, but the military’s...

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    UN Peacekeepers Who Turned Predatory in Haiti

    by  • January 20, 2015 • Caribbean, Gender-Based Violence, Security Council, UN Peacekeeping • 

      On Jan. 23, the members of the United Nations Security Council will head to Haiti. It’s safe to assume that they will focus on the political crisis: because parliamentary elections were not held by Haiti’s legislative deadline, the current government, headed by President Michel Martelly, is now ruling by decree. It’s also safe...

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    A Sobering Security Council Trip to Haiti

    by  • February 21, 2012 • Security Council • 

    Security Council Visits the Fort National UN Base in Haiti

    One of the most interesting developments in the Security Council’s work in the past decades is the increasing frequency and immediacy of “road trips” ambassadors are taking to the most problematic places on their agenda. Recent delegations have gone on missions to Afghanistan and numerous African nations, among other places. A year-old Russian proposal...

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    Cutting Back on Peacekeepers in Haiti

    by  • October 19, 2011 • GOINGS-ON • 

    The Security Council extended the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti, known as Minustah, for another year, to Oct. 15, 2012, and agreed to reduce the number of troops there by 2,500 in a unanimously adopted resolution. The number of uniformed personnel in Haiti will be cut from an estimated 13,000 to...

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