Haitian Organizations Call to Protest Presence of UN Troops

Agent-x - June 2 2012, 4:28 PM

According to Prensa Latina on 2 June 2012, Civil organizations in Haiti called today to protest the presence of UN troops here all through the month, in the eight anniversary of their arrival.

The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) succeeded a Provisional Multinational Force, authorized by the UN Security Council in 2004, when then President Jean Bertrand Aristide was forced to exile in the wake of a coup.

Street demonstrations and photo and document exhibits of MINUSTAH actions are included among activities to run through June, as announced by the Human Rights Network.

"It is also time to demand compensation for the cholera victims, said the organization that groups former cholera-infected people.

The UN troops are being blamed for spreading the cholera epidemics that has killed more than 7,000 people, as well as for corruption, river pollution and sexual abuses.

Separate investigations carried out by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a French researcher indicated that the epidemic was brought by members of a Nepalese base of MINUSTAH near Artibonite River.


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