Pakistan UN peacekeeping role at risk after 3 punished in Haiti sexual abuse case

By AFP
Published: March 14, 2012
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A UN Peacekeeper stands guard. PHOTO: AFP

A UN Peacekeeper stands guard. PHOTO: AFP

Three Pakistani police serving with the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti, have been found guilty of sexual abuse and given jail terms, the UN said on Tuesday.

The three police were at the center of one of the two new sexual abuse investigations involving UN police in the Caribbean nation announced in January.

UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said a court-martial had been held by the Pakistani military in Haiti and the three had been found guilty, ordered jailed and repatriated.

“A senior Pakistani official visited Haiti on March 8 and 9 to meet with Haitian authorities and informed them that three individuals were found guilty of sexual exploitation and abuse through a court martial proceeding undertaken in accordance with the national laws of Pakistan,” Nesirky told a press briefing.

The three will be imprisoned and given a dishonorable discharge on their return to Pakistan, the UN mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH, was told, according to the spokesman. Details of the prison term were not immediately known.

“The guilty parties have been repatriated and the United Nations is further liaising with the Pakistani authorities to examine the formal details of the procedures and to ensure a followup,” Nesirky added.

The three Pakistani police were based at a UN camp in the city of Gonaives. The UN said in January that it was also investigating allegations against UN police in the capital, Port-au-Prince. Details of that case have not been released.

The UN mission in Haiti has been rocked by a series of abuse scandals. Last year Uruguayan troops were accused of raping a Haitian youth after a video was posted on the Internet.

Pakistan peacekeeprers risk being blacklisted

Being the single largest contributor of troops to the UN’s peacekeeping missions around the world, Pakistan now risks being blacklisted.

Following a number of abuse scandals surfacing in the Caribbean nation of Haiti involving UN Peacekeeping troops, the organisation decided to form a blacklist. Countries, whose troops were found involved in sexual abuse crimes, would be banned from     UN missions.

In January 2012, when investigations into two more sex abuse scandals surfaced in Haiti, Edmond Mulet, an assistant secretary general in the UN peacekeeping department, said the world body was considering setting up a sex abuse blacklist.

“We take this very seriously. We are doing everything we can in order to diminish the consequences,” Mulet, a former UN envoy in Haiti, said in answer to questions about Haiti at an event in Washington.

Individuals who accused in sex cases are immediately banned from UN duties. The UN is also considering how “we can put some kind of pressure on troop contributing countries, to be put on a special list and that we will not be requesting their assistance or their contributions,” Mulet said.

Countries with a record of abuse “have to suffer the consequences,” Mulet said, and the record will be “taken into account for future peacekeeping missions if they don’t assume their responsibilities.”

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  • John B
    Mar 14, 2012 - 12:53AM

    “on war crimes and Whistle blowers”

    Just goes to show when in total control, men are capable of doing anything. Rape is the most henieous crime a soldier can commit. Glad PAK took actions.

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  • salarmaiwand
    Mar 14, 2012 - 1:26AM

    so when is the ghairat brigade and media going berserk in drawing our attention to this country-image-crushing crime. probably it is not as serious as veena malik as it confimrs Pakistani “masculinity” as opposed to veena.

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  • Zahid
    Mar 14, 2012 - 1:33AM

    Pakistan Army has a very clean and a remarkable record in the world for UN missions. DRC Congo has witnessed an unprecedented support from the Pakistan Army on UN mission there, this act is unethical and condemnable but happens all across the world. Good thing is Pakistani mission took credible action.

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  • Ali
    Mar 14, 2012 - 1:54AM

    So the actions of 3 men will prevent the the entire military from sending peacekeepers? Is the UN sure it wants to do this–after all we are the largest contributor of troops.

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  • wahab afridi
    Mar 14, 2012 - 2:05AM

    any troops involved in any kinda terrorism activities such as US soldier who opened fire on innocent afghan civilians and now this sexual case shud be brought into justice, policies are made for all

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  • Mar 14, 2012 - 2:32AM

    Really unfortunate. “Pakistan peacekeeprers risk being blacklisted” is equally unfortunate and sad!!!!! Stern action is needed, indeed.

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  • Mar 14, 2012 - 2:40AM

    “Being the single largest contributor of troops to the UN’s peacekeeping missions around the world, Pakistan now risks being blacklisted”……That’s the punishment all have to face for crimes committed by a few.

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  • Billoo Bhaya
    Mar 14, 2012 - 2:52AM

    I mean to go to nearest town. By Pakistani standards it is just another day. Otherwise, they could go for a coup d’etat, their favorite past time. Recommend

  • Mirza
    Mar 14, 2012 - 2:56AM

    @Ali:
    Are you worried that our troops for hire business would not continue as usual?
    Regards,
    Mirza

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  • SK
    Mar 14, 2012 - 2:57AM

    They should be protected under ‘Hudood Ordinance.’

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  • Roflcopter
    Mar 14, 2012 - 3:48AM

    @rk, they’re Pakistani not Indian ;)

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  • Jamal
    Mar 14, 2012 - 4:12AM

    Weren’t we the Pak-Fauj?!

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  • Padre Escabor
    Mar 14, 2012 - 4:26AM

    UN is an evil organisation. what do you expect.

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  • mujahid
    Mar 14, 2012 - 5:30AM

    i am so sorry and saddened, beyond tolerance for the lowest of the low action of the three soldiers,i wont mention the country, because they do not belong to pakistan also the very low sentences given to them,they should be made examples of,they represented my motherland in world community.we are very ashamed of their actions and remorseful my sympathy goes to the child victim and their families we are sorry.

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  • Peer
    Mar 14, 2012 - 5:49AM

    In a country where Islam is so much in fashion, we do every thing for Islam, we have lost all peace in Pakistan for Islam. We have guns in every body’s hands for Islam and now we our Islamic soldiers committing a crime expressly forbidden in Islam. Shame on them. Now why don’t these Islamists go and teach them some Islam?

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  • M. A. Changezi
    Mar 14, 2012 - 7:13AM

    @Zahid: They are police officers not army personnel.

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  • non-conformist
    Mar 14, 2012 - 7:37AM

    At the outset, I strongly condemn the despicable sexual abuse committed by Pakistani peacekeepers in Haiti. However, it is pertinent to mention that Pakistan currently has around 10,000 peacekeepers serving in various UN missions. All these peacekeepers are living miles away from their home and families and are performing commendable task of preserving peace in post-conflict countries. The horrendous act of the delinquent Pakistani peacekeepers involved in sexual abuse in Haiti should not be representative of the good work being done by thousands of other Pakistani peacekeeprs serving in hostile environment worldwide. The authorities in Pakistan must be commended for taking swift action against the perpetrators of this unacceptable crime. It is also not out of place to mention that peacekeepers of many other nationalities have been found guilty, over the years, of sexual expolitation; unfortunately, however, those peacekeepers were never taken to task by the contributing countries. Since, Pakistan has taken due action against the ‘black sheep’, the action will solidify its credentials as a responsible peacekeeper within the comity of nations. Instead of being blacklisted as being suggested in this report, the UN will quote action taken by Pakistan as an example for other contributing countries, to emulate.

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  • GhostRider
    Mar 14, 2012 - 9:01AM

    Now this is too much…ET what are you trying to do…finding a niche??? defaming Pakistan with such news is cheap. Its an isolated incident could have happened anywhere and could have been done by any nationality. Grow up..people can diffrentiate between critical journalism and cheap journalism done for the sake of being reformist.

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  • IZ
    Mar 14, 2012 - 9:11AM

    Good to hear that action is being taken against the perpetrators. On another note, the UN mission in Haiti has been very problem-ridden generally and needs some looking into.

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  • Hindu Indian
    Mar 14, 2012 - 9:19AM

    @Padre Escabor:
    So why send troops to “serve” an evil organisation. According to the Article, Pakistan is the single largest contributor of troops :) :)

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  • Saif M
    Mar 14, 2012 - 9:30AM

    It has to be a conspiracy against Pakistan, most likely by Indian or Israel:)))

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  • rinkle
    Mar 14, 2012 - 9:51AM

    Dear All,if american do,media present name of soldier and if our one do,then name of country comes first
    any how we condemn and request Givt to bring them to justice and shall be bought to media so that other learn a listen.
    the reason i understand is salary,these soldier are happy to hav emore money and they stay for log term,which leads to this situation,we shall keep the contract to 4 months and once in life for all soldiers and brief them before they leave,otherwise these people will bring good name and beatiful disease.
    No matter who they are most probale,must be relative of politician and military personal sons and relative,but require action at this time.Recommend

  • Hussain
    Mar 14, 2012 - 10:07AM

    great news, its a good chance for Pakistan military to getout of an evil organization like UN.

    Seriously we have so many problem inside country, so bring back our jawan who are being used by Kufaar for their secret missions.

    Why UN never talked about Kashmir and Palestine, where everyday this practice is done openly.

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  • Rick
    Mar 14, 2012 - 11:31AM

    i have more respect for Pakistan now, than the US whose soldiers routinely rape and kill innocents all over the world and are let scott free with light sentences.

    The killer and rapist of the Iraqi family got a lowering of rank and a 6 month prison sentence, not even a discharge.

    At least Pakistan found these men guilty in Haiti and have given them a year and shameful exit, more than the raping Indian forces in Kashmir or the American soldiers ever got.

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  • ANON
    Mar 14, 2012 - 11:38AM

    One incident cannot blacklist a country. It has never happened before. We have the biggest peace keeping force and we have taken action. You cannot blame all soldiers. UN will think twice before doing this.Recommend

  • Sana
    Mar 14, 2012 - 11:45AM

    UN won’t do this but we should take it as a warning and keep a check on our soldiers. One more incident like this could potentially harm our reputation.
    @ ET
    They are not talking about Pakistan specifically so please change your colourful headline. They are talking about countries who have record of abuse.Recommend

  • A J Khan
    Mar 14, 2012 - 11:58AM

    I am not surprised. Pakistani Police had been doing it right here in Pakistan. Why should have they taken a risk of sending them abroad when better alternate in a form of Military Police and CAF were available.

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  • khan of quetta
    Mar 14, 2012 - 1:51PM
  • Sana
    Mar 14, 2012 - 10:36PM

    @khan of quetta:
    That is because all rules exist for Pakistan only and no other country. We have taken action but for the world this isn’t enough.Recommend

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