Monday, March 28, 2011

Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights

HAITI’S RENEWAL OF MINUSTAH’S MANDATE IN VIOLATION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF THE HAITIAN PEOPLE

HAITI’S RENEWAL OF MINUSTAH’S MANDATE IN VIOLATION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF THE HAITIAN PEOPLE

I was lucky enough to work on this report with the Unity Ayiti team. The report highlights the role of MINUSTAH in human rights abuses in Haiti. The document provides a legal argument against the force, bringing forth evidence about their failure to protect the Haitian people, complicity in abuses, and an overall ineffectiveness of their mandate. Over $850 million has been spent on MINUSTAH for their 2010-2011 budget, yet the same "peacekeeping" force has been documented in engaging in rape, extrajudicial killings, and the introduction cholera to the country. We hope that this will spark some debate about the legitimacy of the UN in Haiti. Haiti needs doctors, nurses, engineers, agronomists - not soldiers.

Make sure to check out www.ijdh.org and see the tons of work they have been doing on human rights work in Haiti. They're a really amazing, dedicated team!!

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