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MINUSTAH launches a campaign against all forms of abuse ...

Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 10:43 am
by Zanfanginen
From Marguerite Laurent's email post

[quote]MINUSTAH launches a campaign against all forms of abuse and exploitation of women and children; the Minister of Women's Affairs welcomes the campaign |
AHP News - February 15, 2007 - English translation (Unofficial) | Source:

Port-au-Prince, February 15, 2006 (AHP)- The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) officially launched a new campaign against all forms of abuse and exploitation against women and children by unveiling a timetable for the campaign.

The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative in Haiti, Edmond Mulet, said that the struggle against these practices is a priority.

Many initiatives have already been launched at the level of the various UN agencies and departments, particularly through the peacekeeping operation which is in charge of the vast majority of the personnel deployed in Haiti, said Mr. Mulet.

Measures have also been adopted by the member states to ensure that troops and police officers deployed in Haiti strictly follow the provisions of the United Nations' professional code of ethics, said the UN diplomat. Since 2005, a conduct and discipline unit has been put in place with a highly qualified staff whose duties include receiving, examining and following up on complaints received against members of the UN mission, said Mulet.

According to the UN Secretary-General's representative, several members of the UN mission were discharged from their positions and repatriated to their countries of origin as a result of these measures.

Edmond Mulet also indicated that MINUSTAH currently has a unit of special investigations and security of the military police and the UN police.

For her part, the Minister for Women's Affairs and Women's Rights, Marie Laurence Jocelyn Lassègue, welcomed this campaign with great interest. According to Mme. Lassègue, it is important that sanctions be taken against the authors of reprehensible acts. But the most important, she said, is that preventive measures be adopted.

"I also welcome the fact that steps have been taken in order that men and women in the 10 geographical departments of the country will know that the personnel of MINUSTAH behaves admirably toward children, young girls, young women and women", declared Mme Lassègue.

She said she hopes that there will also be a communications network between MINUSTAH, the Ministry for Women's Affairs and women's organizations in order that the campaign's timetable of events may have real impact on the ground.

Mme. Lassègue advocated in favor of strengthening the office on parity of the UN force in Haiti in order that the cases that will be presented to the organizations may be sent along quickly.

Several sectors including lawmakers and members of human rights organizations have expressed the wish that the announcement of all of these measures by MINUSTAH will yield results and that it will not simply be a public relations move aimed at making the UN mission more popular at a time when its mandate is coming to an end (on February 15).

AHP February 15, 2007 2:20 PM

(See: UN troops face child abuse claims
Children have been subjected to rape and prostitution by United Nations peacekeepers in Haiti and Liberia, a BBC investigation has found.

UN Faces More Accusation of Sexual Misconduct: Officials Acknowledge 'Swamp' of Problems and pledges Fixes Amid New Allegations in Africa, Haiti ... nrape.html)

Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 10:58 am
by Zanfanginen
This is pure hypocrisy by the MINUSTAH officials. They have the audacity to launch a campaign against abuse and exploitation of Haitian women while at the same time, they are covering up the raping and killing of innocent haitian girls and women by MINUSTAH's Brazilian and Jordanian soldiers. This also shows how weak is the Preval-Alexis governement in front of Edmond Mulet and co.