Entries in militarization (6)


Social Movements in the UNASUR Countries Join Haitians in Calling for Withdrawal of UN Mission (MINUSTAH)

South America, June 13, 2012

(Original in Spanish available here, thank you to CEPR for this translation)

Ministers of Defense
UNASUR Member States

UNASUR Secretary General

Dear Sirs:

We commend the Ministers of Defense and the High Representatives for Foreign Relations of UNASUR’s Member States for the consideration given at their meeting at Asunción, Paraguay, on June 5, to the situation in our fellow country Haiti, and we support the recognition expressed in their Declaration of the importance of consolidating a policy, on behalf of UNASUR, of a sustained cooperation which “respects the sovereignty and the self-determination of the Haitian people” and which achieves “a tangible improvement in the living conditions” as the necessary basis of security and lasting peace.

We therefore urge UNASUR’s member states to take firm and effective measures in that direction, including the immediate withdrawal of the 4,929 occupying troops (including both soldiers and military police) currently deployed in Haiti by 10 of UNASUR’s 12 Member States; an end to the MINUSTAH mission and of all other foreign military presence; and furthermore an end to the impunity and absence of justice that have allowed the continued toleration of violations of human rights by these forces.

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Haiti's Collective Mobilization Calls for MINUSTAH to Cease Intimidation at the State University

Collective Mobilization for Reparations for Cholera Victims

Position of the Collective on the Intimidation of MINUSTAH at the State University Faculty for Social Sciences

Monday, June 18, 2012

It is with great anger, broken hearts and indignation that the Collective Mobilization for Reparations for Cholera Victims learned about the arrival, intervention and intimidation of MINUSTAH (United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti) at the State University Faculty for Social Sciences this past Friday, June 15, 2012. Yet again, the MINUSTAH demonstrated to all that didn’t already believe it that they are a force of occupation and repression. We see again that our Constitution, our laws and the right to not have our university space violated, are nothing but words on paper to the MINUSTAH.

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Haiti Solidarity: A Series of Advocacy Actions Against MINUSTAH in the Americas, June 2012

Port-au-Prince, May 21, 2012 [AlterPresse] --- Le Komite defann Ayiti se defann noumenm (the "Committee to Defend Haiti is to Defend Ourselves") is organizing a series of advocacy activities on June 1, 2012 at the university amphitheater Helène Sellaye in Martinique, as part of a "Hemispheric day calling for the departure of the occupation troops from Haiti," learned AlterPresse.

Presentations and discussions, documentary films, adoptions of resolutions "for the continued solidarity", and displays from Haitian and other Caribbean artists are on the menu for this mobilization against the United Nations Mission for Stabilization in Haiti (MINUSTAH ).

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Haiti Brief on Political Situation: March 1, 2012

By Melinda Miles, Let Haiti Live, a project of TransAfrica

1. Dr. Garry Conille, Prime Minister for only four months, resigned on Friday, February 24, 2012. According to Conille he quit because he was not receiving any support (see New York Times article here). Some points of contention between Conille and President Martelly included the passing of Constitutional amendments, which Conille supported and Martelly has been stalling, and also Conille’s efforts to create an audit commission to look at contracts signed by former Prime Minister Bellerive while acting as head of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC). It’s worth noting that Bellerive is President Martelly’s cousin and a close advisor. Some of the contracts Conille wanted to investigate were signed during the final weeks of Bellerive’s tenure as Prime Minister and Co-Chair of the IHRC and it has been alleged in the press and through word of mouth that Martelly has received financial benefits from these contracts.

With the resignation of the Prime Minister, the ministries will likely cease to function other than critical business (however that determination is made) and therefore people will say that Haiti is once again without a government. Many believe (including the Miami Herald editorial board) that President Martelly does not want to share power in any democratic way and would prefer to control everything. It is also notable that the majority of the ministers in Conille’s cabinet were actually the individuals Martelly chose for those positions, despite the Constitution stating that the Prime Minister shall appoint all ministers.


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Why We Shouldn't Support Plan for New Army in Haiti

Last week, a proposal from Haiti’s President Michel Martelly to create a new Haitian army was breaking news. Haitians have been talking about the possibility of the former Haitian army, known by its French acronym as the FAd’H, being reconstituted since it was disbanded in 1994. In recent years, proponents for the reconstitution of the army have used the ongoing presence of foreign soldiers in the UN peacekeeping mission (known by its acronym, MINUSTAH) as one of the reasons to bring back a national military force.

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