PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – On Monday, neither the president, prime minister, chief justice of the Supreme Court, president or vice-president of Parliament, ministers or directors, in fact, not even the Director General of the Haitian National Police (PNH) – an institution which works closely with the UN peacekeeping forces – were present for the inauguration of the “new” United Nations Mission for the Support of Justice in Haiti (MINUJUSTH).
On Tuesday, it appears the UN Security Council (UNSC) took exception to their absences. In meeting and out through official channels, the UNSC demanded that the “Haitian government collaborate with MINUJUSTH”.
The overwhelming majority of Haitians have long abhorred the presence of UN peacekeepers in Haiti. The cholera outbreak, raping and exploiting of the population are among the reasons for the distaste but also because the UN peacekeepers had always stood between the people and the powerful, those in government, during times of uprising.
In return for the UN peacekeeping presence, government officials were supportive of the occupation, said nothing of wrongs done against the people, and in bold fashion engaged in corruption and disenfranchisement of citizens.
While many might cheer because Haitian officials have snubbed the “new” UN occupation, some ought to pause and consider the possibility that this new mission might be a threat to these government officials, the likes of Senate President Youri Latortue and President Jovenel Moise, who along with many others are among the most-involved in corruption in this world.
Perhaps this mission’s aims of supporting justice threatens their decades of injustice and crimes against the people and population. Otherwise, why not be supportive of a UN force that has allowed their oppression to flourish for so long?