On October 14, the UN security council voted to renew the mandate for the UN peacekeeping force in Haiti, known by it’s French acronynm, MINUSTAH. Haitians view this unneccessary presence of troops as yet another occupation in a long history of being undermined by foreign governments & militaries.
Not only is MINUSTAH’s occupation unnecessary, it is an egregious waste. MCC’s partner organizations point out that machine gun-toting troops and roving armed vehicles run counter to Haiti’s true needs: the construction of durable and decentralized housing, community-based economic development, and water and sanitation infrastructure improvements. MCC collaborates on these projects with Haitian partners. According to the Platform for Human Rights Organizers in Haiti, MCC is the only international organization that completely supports their exact position on MINUSTAH presence — a complete and immediate withdrawal.
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