- Title: Haitian NGO demands justice for women abused by Chilean soldiers
- Date: 23rd December 2019
- Summary: CAP-HAITIEN, HAITI (FILE - APRIL 20, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF CHILEAN SOLDIERS THAT PARTICIPATED AS UNITED NATIONS SOLDIERS FROM THE MINUSTAH PEACE-KEEPING MISSION IN HAITI
- Embargoed: 6th January 2020 18:19
- Keywords: Chile Haiti United Nations peacekeepers sexually abused soldiers
- Location: SANTIAGO, CHILE / CAP-HAITIEN, HAITI
- City: SANTIAGO, CHILE / CAP-HAITIEN, HAITI
- Country: Chile
- Topics: Government/Politics,United Nations
- Reuters ID: LVA002BB7669Z
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- Story Text: Haitian Non-Governmental Organizations on Monday (December 23) demanded justice for women and girls that were sexually abused and impregnated by Chilean soldiers that participated as United Nations peace-keepers in the Caribbean country.
The organizations requested the Chilean government carry out an impartial and independent investigation through the country's courts.
A study of the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti revealed that U.N. peacekeepers abused more than two thousand women in Haiti and left hundreds of children.
The study includes stories of transactional sex, in which women received "small amounts of money in exchange for sex" and in other cases, women and girls received food in exchange for sex.
The spokeswoman of Haitians Women in Chile, Wirline Jean, asked the government to provide reparations to the victims and demanded paternity tests to confirm that Minustah soldiers are the fathers of hundreds of children.
The report states U.N. personnel from more than a dozen countries were involved, although the majority of those listed are from Brazil and Uruguay. The investigation also suggested that most soldiers were repatriated once the pregnancy was known, in most cases leaving the child without assistance.
(Production: Jorge Vega)
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