By Kathie Klarreich, published on 100 Reporters, Jan 12, 2015
We recommend reading this article at the original publisher's website link in order to view the extensive photos, maps and graphs that accompany the article. Please note, we do not share the assessment of 100 Reporters in its introduction to the article nor that of the author of the article as to how the MINUSTAH military occupation mission of the UN Security Council came to be installed in Haiti beginning in June 2004. We continue to consider this mission as illegal under international law and a violation of Haiti's sovereignty. It came to Haiti in order to consolidate the illegal, paramilitary coup of Feb. 29, 2004 against the elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and government of Haiti.—CHAN website editors.
Introduction, by 100 Reporters
“United Nations forces in Haiti have become as familiar as the country’s barren hillsides,” writes Kathie Klarreich in the opening of a new 100Reporters series on the conduct of UN troops in Haiti. The international troops first arrived in 1993 and have been there on and off ever since. Most recently, they came in 2004 to quell post-election violence. The blue helmets managed to restore a measure of stability, but critics say they have fostered a culture of exploitation and impunity.