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Haiti president rebukes UN over sex abuse, cholera scandals

Friday, September 22, 2017

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Haitian President Jovenel Moise has rebuked the UN over two scandals that will leave a dark cloud over the peacekeeping mission in the Caribbean country when it leaves next month.

Moise thanked the UN mission for helping to stabilise Haiti, but said Thursday he lamented the “the odious acts of sexual violence and exploitation committed” by some peacekeepers against Haitian children.

He also told the General Assembly that the UN should follow through on its promise to help victims of a cholera outbreak that UN troops from Nepal are widely blamed for introducing.

The cholera outbreak has afflicted over 800,000 people and killed more than 9,000 since 2010.

An AP investigation detailed how at least 134 Sri Lankan peacekeepers sexually abused and exploited nine Haitian children between 2004 and 2007. Sri Lanka never jailed any soldiers implicated in the abuse. This week Sri Lanka joined a new UN “circle of leadership” aimed at preventing more abuses.