Fetes Itself, Ignores Call for Cholera Indictment, Immunity
11 -- While the UN
congratulates itself on its
reactions in Haiti, it dismisses all criticism, including from
Haitian women's NGOs, and has refused so far to remove the diplomatic
immunity (or impunity) of a UN staff members whom a Haitian judge
wants to question about the hanging death of a Haitian teenager
inside a UN base.
asked UN spokesman Martin Nesirky on Tuesday whether Secretary
General Ban Ki-moon will in fact revoke the immunity of UN
interpreter Joelle Rozefort, in the case of the boy found hanged in
the Nepali peacekeepers' camp in Cap Haitien. From the UN's
there was a case some time ago of a boy that was found
hung — a Haitian boy found hung in a Nepali base in Cap Haitien. Some
say that Mr. Mulet has asked the Secretary-General to remove the
immunity of a national staff member there, Joelle Rozefort, so she
can testify to a court about this. Is that – one, has Mr. Mulet
made the request? But whether he has or not, is the
Secretary-General considering removing the immunity of this staff
member to respond to a court subpoena?
I’m aware of the incident you’re referring to in
which someone was found to have been hanged. And I think we may be
able to provide you with a little bit more information on the
question that you’ve asked a little bit later.
later, no information had been provided. The transcript
And just one other thing, maybe just for a response…
this about Haiti?
It is about Haiti. There’s a group there known as
SOFA, the Solidarité des Femmes Haïtiennes. They’ve
guess in connection with, or slightly before this one-year
anniversary, they’ve said that – I guess, more explosively,
they’ve asked the Government to somehow indict the UN for – they
say – having brought cholera. But they’ve also raised this issue
of compensation – so I wanted to make sure that the two things –
can you, they’re saying that the UN should pay some compensation
for - for cholera. That’s their claim. They’re a Haitian group,
you can – so I guess I just want to know, what’s the UN response
to that? Are they aware of that call, and what’s their response?
as “Question” in Transcript] -- As you
know, the Secretary-General instituted a panel. Those four experts
are working precisely to establish the source of the outbreak of
cholera, which has not been established so far. That’s their job
to do so, to the extent that they are able to do so, and to report
back to the Secretary-General and the Government of Haiti as quickly
as they can. And to go the next step beyond that is not really
helpful at this point. There is a clear job to do, and that’s the
job that the panel has been asked to carry out as swiftly as
possible, and in the meantime, of course, the key priority is to help
those people – you heard from Mr. [Nigel] Fisher yesterday about
the death rates being lower, but still the number of cases being very
high. So this is something that needs to be tackled as a priority.
as Spokesperson in transcript]: So I
understand that the panel comes first. But I just want to know, I
mean maybe you can answer this — does the idea, in the abstract, of
compensation seem unreasonable to the UN? Depending on what it
as “Question” in Transcript]: Look, I
don’t – this is something that – let’s do things
step-by-step. And the most important thing is to help those in need.
You’ve heard extensively, not just from Mr. Fisher but most
recently from Mr. Fisher, on that. And you also know that this —
the four panel members, experts each in their own right, are working
hard to establish precisely what the source of the outbreak was, if
they are able to do so. Okay. Thank you very much.
few hours later
in the UN's North Lawn building, an event was held about Haiti,
sponsored by Canada's Mission to the UN and a trio of NGOs. Canada's
Permanent Representative John McNee sat on the panel and spoke, but
when the Q&A started, McNee left the room and took no questions,
not even about his country pulling out of Jacmel. In fact, Inner City
Press was not allowed to ask any questions at all.
UN peacekeeper blocks cholera, protection of civilians not shown
correspondent spotted Alain Le Roy in JFK Airport in New
York on Tuesday morning seeking to fly American to Haiti for the
anniversary. While others were unceremoniously booted from the
flight, which also include Wyclef Jean, Le Roy remained on, leading
some to wonder if despite the relatively short length he was flying
first class. We'll see what he say while in Haiti -- he said little
of use from Cote d'Ivoire. Watch this site.
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Criticism “Claptrap,” Defends IOM On Pepper Spray
-- The UN refuses to accept criticism, even where
Haiti it is faced with street protests telling it to leave, and
critiques by high officials of the regional organizations the UN
says it works with and respects.
Nigel Fisher, the UN Resident Coordination in Haiti, to respond
to comments by former top Organization of American States envoy
Ricardo Seitenfus, that the UN has spent too much on violent policing
in Haiti. “Claptrap,” was Fisher's response. Audio here,
saying Haiti is being used as a “humanitarian
laboratory.” While he claimed to only be involved in the UN's
development side, Fisher defended the huge MINUSTAH Peacekeeping
bills as being about strengthening the rule of law in Haiti.
on the rule
of law, Inner City Press asked Fisher about a documented incident in
Camp Imakale in Cite Soleil in December, in which UN peacekeepers
pepper sprayed protesters who say that the International Organization
for Migration predicated aid on reducing public protest.
imagine IOM “conditioning assistance on stopping
criticizing the government.” (In fact, it was criticism of IOM and
of the UN which was allegedly being discouraged.)
at risk in order to speak up for what he saw as mistreatment of
Haitians. Fisher offers knee jerk responses. The UN's performance does
Nigel Fisher in previous video appearance, learning not shown
City Press has asked the UN how much former UN Spokesperson Michele
Montas has been paid. At first, Martin Nesirky said he “would not
comment.” Then he suggested to “ask MINUSTAH.” Finally this
regarding Special Advisor in Haiti
Date: Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 2:52 PM
querry with the Spokesperson of the Secretary
General regarding Ms Montas's appointment to MINUSTAH, please find
the answer below.
of January 2010, which had a severe impact
on the substantive sections of MINUSTAH, Ms Montas was engaged by the
mission's senior leadership as the D-1 Special Advisor to the Head of
Mission. Her contract will terminate on 30 June 2011, when the post
itself will be eliminated, as part of the mission's post-surge