Is MINUSTAH’s Time Almost Up?
|Tuesday, 15 March 2011 16:14|
From the website of a State Representative for the (ruling) Workers’ Party in Brazil, a flier promotes a rally for “the withdrawal of troops from Haiti”.
The March 28 event will feature speakers from, among others, State Representatives for the Workers’ Party, a leading officer of the Central Unica dos Trabalhadores (CUT - the main trade union federation), and representatives of the Landless Workers’ Movement (MST) – one of the largest social movement organizatons in Latin America, and a major force in Brazilian politics -- and the Unified Black Movement, perhaps Brazil’s most influential Afro-descendant organization, among others.
The rally for Brazilian troops to leave Haiti would be the latest manifestation of what Wikileaked State Department cables have described as “a lack of domestic support for the [Peace Keeping Operation]”, and the explosion of opposition in Haiti to MINUSTAH’s ongoing presence following its suspected (with strong evidence) role in causing the cholera outbreak last year, in addition to its record of various human rights abuses.
The planned rally follows recent news that the Defense Council of South America (CDS), under the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), has decided to
Uruguay’s La República reports more clearly that the commission “will resolve the fate and role of the armed forces in Haiti.” La República also notes that by June 15, the commission “aims to have all the inputs to be able to adopt a resolution on the tasks to be further developed in Haiti, whose initiatives will be submitted to the UN.”
According to Haiti Libre:
Recent statements from the presidential candidates suggest that the elections could indeed become a turning point, as both Manigat and Martelly propose reviving the Haitian army in one form or another – which could make MINUSTAH irrelevant.