Wilson Saintelmy

December 14, 2010 11:35 ET

Haiti: The Urgency of an Independent International Commission of Inquiry on MINUSTAH

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 14, 2010) - Bacterial contamination of the Artibonite River, poisoning of local people, cholera epidemic, ignorance of warnings and recommendations of international experts in 2008 on an impending major earthquake. Results: Hundreds of thousands of victims of disaster and death. Such are the harmful injuries to the Haitian people by the facts alleged illegal, may engage the MINUSTAH's legal responsibilities. Added to the electoral fiasco, instability, a botched reconstruction process, human suffering, injuries, stresses, and frustrations of a population at bay. How the MINUSTAH, a vehicle designed to protect the lives of Haitian citizen, may be thus transformed into "BWMD" (biological weapon of mass destruction), otherwise, in a serial death factory? How is it that MINUSTAH is transformed into an offender organization facing humanitarian law and international environmental law?

Only the creation of an independent international commission of inquiry will resolve this double question. This is the request sent here to the UN and Haiti's powerful tutors. The suggestion of MP Denis Coderre for an emergency debate in the Commons and the appointment of a special envoy of Canada in Haiti, evades the real issues. The emergency must now focus not on the sending of another super Tutor in Haiti, but preferably on the sinking of MINUSTAH as well as the latter's aforementioned alleged illegal misconducts. The Electoral disputes are another loophole, concludes the author of this press release in a forthcoming paper

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  • Wilson Saintelmy
    Expert in Governance PhD Candidate in Law (UQAM)
    Founder of the Governance Review (U of Ottawa).