Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Minustha, should it stay, or should it go?

UN TROOPS MUST BE REPLACED BY CREOLE AND FRENCH-SPEAKING POLICE OFFICERS MINUSTAH conduct illegal search and seizure seeking non-existing weapons without a search warrant. Hundreds of innocent civilians have lost their lives during these deadly operations. Article 143 of the Haitian constitution empowers the president to be in charge of the army in Haiti, therefore we demand that the government acts swiftly and take charge of those forces operating in Haiti. MINUSTAHS's presence in Haiti is depriving the Haitian government of much needed funds to meet these demands. "If MINUSTAH remains in Haiti, it must be a civil mission to assist the Haitian government at building roads, catastrophe preparedness, energy enhancement, communications, government technology and health related preparedness. We urge the Haitian government and the United Nations to set up a long-term fund in order to provide care for the victims and their families by MINUSTHA's operation, including psychological treatment. Moreover, we ask that the UN troops be held accountable for their crimes and the perpetrators should be punished according to Haitian laws. If these minimal changes are not done, MINUSTHA must leave Haiti by October 2007. The $500 million annual budget for MINUSTHA should be reallocated to funding needed projects in Haiti. Once and for all, Haiti can have the funds necessary to sprint into the 21st century. Given these facts on the ground in Haiti, If things are not changed for the better, Minustha should go.

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