Oct 15, 2017: UN ends its peacekeeping mission in Haiti
HAITI - The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously on Apr 13 to end its 13-year-long peacekeeping mission in Haiti, known as MINUSTAH, in October. The 5,927 UN peacekeepers leave under a cloud. They will be replaced by a police unit.
One of the longest running UN peacekeeping forces in the world, MINUSTAH has been dogged by controversies from the first. The peacekeepers are accused of introducing cholera to the island and of sexual abuse.
The Associated Press reported hundreds of allegations of abuse by the peacekeepers in a climate of impunity. The news service noted that the troops faced discipline in very few cases, and that the situation should serve notice that UN peacekeeping operations worldwide are badly in need of reform and oversight.
The peacekeepers were deployed to Haiti in 2004 when a rebellion led to the overthrow of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
Haiti suffered a two-year political crisis until the recent election and inauguration of Jovenel Moïse as president. The poorest country in the hemisphere, in the estimation of the World Bank, it is handicapped by chronic political instability and has suffered crippling natural disasters, including the 2010 earthquake and Hurricane Matthew in 2016.