HAITIAN SENATE RESOLUTION FOR UN COMPENSATION FOR VICTIMS OF CHOLERA AND RAPE
(Defend Haiti) -
PORT-AU-PRINCE - The Haitian Senate passed two resolutions related to the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Hait (MINUSTAH). The first demands a withdrawal of peacekeepers. The second calls for compensation for victims of cholera and the young man raped in Port-Salut.
The first resolution included two parts. The first would be to resolve the complete departure of UN peacekeepers by October 2012 and the second for the re-mobilization of the Armed Forces of Haiti or the creation of a new security force to supplement the MINUSTAH void. A consensus was reached on the departure of MINUSTAH but was not the case for the re-mobilization of the Armed Forces of Haiti.
Some senators say the country can not afford to attempt such an adventure. "How can we think to rebuild the Armed Forces of Haiti when we cannot even afford to equip our police force", were the sentiments of some interviewed by Le Nouvellsite.
For Senator Moïse Jean-Charles, it would be better to strengthen the National Police of Haiti. For other senators, it seems even more urgent to work on the reconstruction of public buildings and relocation of the homeless thans to establish a new security force.
After much discussion, the resolution proposed by the Commission on Security and Justice was passed without the article on the military.
The senators hope through consolation with the Executive branch of government, appropriate action can be planned. The timetable for the withdrawal will be discussed later between the Haitian and UN authorities.
The second resolution deals with the gang rape by four UN peacekeepers of an 18-year- old named Johnny Jean of Port-Salut and the introduction of cholera into the country by peacekeepers.
"Compensation for relatives of the deceased of cholera and Johnny Jean" are the wishes expressed by the Senate in the resolution prepared by the Justice and Security Committee of the Senate.