[Blackstudies-l] UN apologizes for peacekeepers abuse, cholera in Haiti
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Sat Sep 24 07:32:20 EDT 2016
lisaparavisini posted: " Issues tarnished UN reputation, traumatized
victims, Ban says, Senabri Silvestre reports. UN Secretary-General Ban
Ki-moon apologized Tuesday for a cholera epidemic in Haiti and sexual abuse
attributed to the organization’s peacekeepers in different cou"
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<http://repeatingislands.com/author/lisaparavisini/> UN apologizes for
peacekeepers abuse, cholera in Haiti
Issues tarnished UN reputation, traumatized victims, Ban says, Senabri
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized Tuesday for a cholera epidemic
in Haiti and sexual abuse attributed to the organization’s peacekeepers in
"These two issues have tarnished the reputation of the United Nations and,
much worse, traumatized many people ... already affected by armed
conflict," Ban said during an address to the annual General Assembly
Just months before the end of his second term, Ban urged member states and
the UN to strengthen zero tolerance policies against abuse crimes,
stressing that those assigned to protect others "should never become
Accusations of sexual abuses against UN soldiers on international missions
are frequent. In 2015, the organization received 69 allegations against
peacekeepers in 21 different countries, according to UN figures.
UN soldiers have also been blamed for the transmission of the cholera
epidemic in Haiti where an estimated of 780,000 victims have been affected
and 9,100 killed from an outbreak after a devastating earthquake in 2010
hit the Caribbean nation.
Ban said he feels "tremendous grief and sadness" for Haitians affected by
the disease and reiterated that he would work to develop a support plan for
Haiti later this year.
The UN last month accepted responsibility for the cholera outbreak and said
it would prepare a "material" package of assistance and "support" for
Haitians directly affected by epidemic.
“The United Nations has a moral responsibility for supporting Haiti in
overcoming the epidemic and building sound water, sanitation and health
systems”, Ban said in statement posted in August on the organization’s
Speaking through his spokesperson, Farhan Haq, the U.N chief expressed his
intention at the time to increase support to reduce and ultimately end the
transmission of the disease, typically contracted through contaminated food
He also wants efforts to improve access to care and treatment. "But these
efforts must include, as a central focus, the victims of the disease and
their families," Haq added.
The comments by the UN chief came one day after a U.S. federal appeals
court upheld the UN’s immunity from a damage claim filed in 2013 on behalf
of cholera victims in Haiti.
The suit demanded the UN compensate victims of the epidemic it blamed on
Nepali´s UN soldiers working in Haiti.
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