Withdraw MINUSTAH troops from Haiti
  • Petitioned José Miguel Insulza

This petition was delivered to:

OAS Secretary General
José Miguel Insulza
MINUSTAH Head of Mission
Mariano Fernández
National Security Advisor
Susan Rice
UN Secretary-General
Ban Ki-Moon
Former Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton

Withdraw MINUSTAH troops from Haiti

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      Other Worlds

Haitian grassroots groups and their allies across Latin America are calling for the withdrawal of the UN peacekeeping mission (known as MINUSTAH) from Haiti. They elaborate this demand in a recent open letter which describes MINUSTAH as a form of "domination and popular control." Their letter calling for dignity and self-determination has been signed by hundreds around the world; you can add your support by signing onto their words which form the petition text you will see in the next tab over.

If you also want to sign on your organization, send a message to:  haiti.no.minustah@gmail.com.

For more background, read below.

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MINUSTAH in Haiti: The context

Haitian groups and their allies argue that the multilateral mission constitutes a real military and police occupation of the country, undermining the very sovereignty and self-determination it claims to protect. Furthermore, MINUSTAH's seven years in Haiti have been plagued by human rights violations and a suppression of democratic processes in the country.

Human rights violations & protests

Over the past year, protests have risen sharply in Haiti and throughout Latin America - from where more than half the MINUSTAH troops are drawn - calling for the withdrawal of MINUSTAH, for accountability from the UN for its criminal responsibilities, and for a new paradigm of international cooperation and solidarity in its place. Fueling the recent wave of opposition is MINUSTAH's introduction of cholera into the country, spurring an outbreak that has killed more than 6,000 people and led to nearly half a million cases of illness, and the UN’s failure to take responsibility for it. Human rights violations have also included rape and sexual assault, violent repression of peaceful protests, and failure to investigate charges of murder by MINUSTAH members. Due to the immunity troops enjoy as part of a UN peacekeeping mission, their crimes can only be prosecuted in their home countries and Haitian victims have virtually no way of achieving justice.

Illegitimacy & imperialist politics

MINUSTAH first entered the country in 2004, accepted by an unconstitutional interim government in Haiti after a US-backed coup led to the dissolution of the previous administration. Recent US State Department cables released by WikiLeaks have revealed that many MINUSTAH member countries only reluctantly contributed troops to the force, under pressure from the United States government. These issues underscore the basic illegitimacy of the MINUSTAH presence - authorized annually by the UN Security Council on the grounds that Haiti is a threat to global peace and security.

As scrutiny of MINUSTAH increasingly reaches diplomatic circles, the movement to support Haitian people by helping them to rid their country of the MINUSTAH military occupation is gaining steam. Join the call from the Haitian grassroots by taking a moment to sign their open letter.

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Thus far, the letter has already been signed by 3 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, two Mothers of the Argentine May Square, and literally hundreds of organizations, networks, movements and persons from throughout Latin America and the world.

To see the full list of signers around the world, visit Jubilee South's website.

To read more about MINUSTAH: "MINUSTAH: Keeping the peace, or conspiring against it?" A review of the human rights record of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, 2010-2011. By HealthRoots at the Harvard School of Public Health.


Photo credit: Ansel Herz.

Photo depicts an anti-MINUSTAH protest in September, with a sign that reads:

Another Haiti is Possible
Without MINUSTAH.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Article in the Nation magazine:

      WikiLeaks Haiti: US Cables Paint Portrait of Brutal, Ineffectual and Polluting UN Force

    3. Reached 100 signatures
    4. "Quand la Minustah pliera-t-elle bagage?"

      For French readers...see link below for a good summary of the issues.

    5. Even The Economist thinks MINUSTAH should go

      "Mission fatigue: Time for the peacekeepers to start handing over, but not to a new army"

    6. Reached 50 signatures
    7. "MINUSTAH: Keeping the peace, or conspiring against it?"

      A review of the human rights record of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti 2010-2011.

      On Octo­ber 4th, 2011, Har­vard stu­dents as part of a group of Cana­dian and US human rights advo­cates, doc­tors, pub­lic health experts, and jour­nal­ists released an exten­sively researched white paper review­ing and eval­u­at­ing the record of the United Nations Sta­bi­liza­tion Mis­sion in Haiti (known by its French acronym,MINUSTAH) and rec­om­mend­ing the with­drawal of the force from Haiti. The white paper release comes at a time of height­ened scrutiny of MINUSTAH due to high pro­file human rights abuses and wide­spread anti‐MINUSTAH sen­ti­ment in Haiti. The United Nations Secu­rity Council’s meet­ing to renew MINUSTAH’s man­date for the next year is sched­uled for Octo­ber 15th, 2011.

      See the full report at the link below.

    8. Universal Periodic Review on MINUSTAH to be presented October 13 at the UN

      Universal Periodic Review: Haiti’s Renewal of MINUSTAH’s Mandate in Violation of the Human Rights of the Haitian People. Read more at the link below.

    9. Extensive compliation of news & analysis on MINUSTAH since the earthquake

      Compiled by the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)'s Haiti Relief and Reconstruction Watch. Available at the link below.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • William Clark NEWARK, NAMIBIA
      • over 2 years ago

      The security obsession of the international community, regarding Haiti, must end. The foreign military occupation must stop and must not be replaced by a reinstatement of the even more brutal Haitian army. Haiti needs to be allowed sovereignty and real democracy -- the kind that does not ban the FL party or reserve anti-popular (so-called "pluralist") privileges for the candidates of the elite minority.

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    • Paul McGovern OREGON HOUSE, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Aristide disbanded the army. What Caribbean nation needs an army? Except if the wealthy and powerful need protection because they are directly responsible for impoverishing the Haiti Poor. Brazil needs to disassociate itself from continuing the dirty work of US, Canada and France. Leave. Let the Haitians elect the party they have wanted for almost 20 years. Fanmi Lavalas.

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    • Mike Antoniades TORONTO, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      MINUSTAH does more harm than good. It is time for it to go. Haiti must stand on its own and the money spent on MINUSTAH can go a long way towards achieving this goal.

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    • Marco Antonio Castillo TORONTO, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Stop the occupation and get out, it 's a shame that Latin American countries that has in the past suffered the intervention of the USA now are doing the same in Hait.

      Gget oun AND RESPECT the poeple right to deside thier ouw goberment.

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    • Isabelle Figaro NEW YORK, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      The record of human rights abuses is too long. The lack of DIRECT accountability to the Haitian people is abhorrent in a time of political stability. MINUSTAH must go. The time for capacity building within the Haitian forces is now. Resources must be directed at creating a Haitian system with enough members for success and enough due process for justice and accountability.

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