Claims of sexual abuse by UN troops are common across Africa where most UN troops are deployed. In this case, it is accused that the UN troops are from Uruguay, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and Argentina.
The mothers of Haiti’s “peacekeeper babies” have filed the first legal action against both the UN and individual peacekeeping soldiers in paternity and child support claims.
The lawsuit is the latest development in a protracted legal battle to make the soldiers contribute to the upkeep of children they allegedly fathered.
One mother claims she was raped while another was aged 17 when she gave birth, which amounts to statutory rape under Haitian law. The lawsuit has been brought by human rights group Bureau Des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH).
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Haiti (HT) is estimated to have a population of 11.1 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 1.4% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 0.8 million.