Popular Court will Evaluate UN Presence in Haiti

Port-au-Prince, Dec 10 (Prensa Latina) Haiti’s social and political organizations today announced the creation of a popular tribunal, which will evaluate the presence in the country of various United Nations missions.

The space of the analysis, the result of four days of debate at the international Occupation, Sovereignty and Solidarity Colloquium, will also promote justice and reparation processes for the victims of the military forces that were present in Haiti for 15 years.

The peacekeeping forces of the UN arrived in the country in 2004, amid social unrest against the then President Jean Bertrand Aristide, however the balance of their stay was marked by the introduction of cholera, accusations of rapes, abandoned children, repression and excessive use of force.

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The colloquium that culminated on Tuesday in Port-au-Prince, remarked on the consequences in the Haitian society of the so-called Blue Helmets.

“The Minustah (UN Mission for Stability) was an element that aggravated the systemic crisis, the structural crisis of Haitian society,” Camille Chalmers, executive director of the Haitian Platform for Alternative Development, told Prensa Latina.

She said that when these forces left the country they did so without acknowledging that they should invest to help rebuild the destruction.

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The event that had about 200 participants, including 25 international guests, also reviewed the situation of the American continent, with the open struggle of several peoples against neoliberal practices and governments of the extreme right.

The day on Tuesday ended with a discussion of the organization Solidarity of Haitian Women, along with the experiences of other movements such as the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, in Argentina.

They also analyzed the processes of solidarity with Haiti, developed in recent decades by various organizations, social movements and solidarity committees.

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Source URL: Prensa Latina

Translated by JRE/EF