Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Women allegedly raped by UN peacekeepers in Haiti speak out

Source: Bulawayo24 News and Office of Internal Oversight Services

Side Note: the original article is a write up from an AJ English documentary that premiered in late March.

The United Nation's military occupation of Haiti has dragged on for 13 years, starting in 2004 after the CIA coup against Bertrand Aristide, who became the first democratically elected president in 1990 and again in 2000. During this time, 85 allegations of sexual abuse have been made against UN soldiers, but even this is only a fraction of the crimes. In a May 2015 report, the Office of Internal Oversight Services estimated that at least 500 Haitian women have been raped or sexually exploited by UN soldiers. Furthermore, 229 women engaged in transactional sex with UN soldiers in exchange for necessities such as food and water. Most Haitian women do not report being raped since UN personnel enjoy immunity from criminal liability in Haiti; they can only be prosecuted for a crime in their home country. On top of this, the UN 'peacekeepers' have killed 9,000 Haitians by dumping sewage into the rivers leading to a Cholera epidemic from 2010 until 2016.

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