For the survivor communities the Ezili Network services, the United Nations' newest round of lip-service to "zero tolerance" is mocking, manipulative rubbish that's insulting, and offensive, considering their first response whenever presented with UN abuses of every nature, are to deny, cover-up, decriminalize, obfuscate and lie about the victims' experiences.
This was done when the UN brought cholera to Haiti. It's particularly true when the survivors of UN rape, pedophilia, sex slavery, forced prostitution, forced pregnancy, human trafficking and child pornography are brought to their attention. (See, New Emails Reveal Obama, Clintons Led Cover Up of Cholera Outbreak in Haiti-- UN Peacekeepers caused the epidemic, which affected almost a million people, March 31, 2017; and UN Peacekeepers and Humanitarian Aid Workers raping, molesting and abusing Haitian children.)
The UN also mostly did not stop and punish the UN soldiers and civilians who raped Black women, girls and boys in the Congo. But they sure had the former US Ambassador to the Congo, Lacy Swing, doing media afterward to tout their so-called "zero tolerance" and "let's move forward, not look back at what was done in the past" spiel. (See, Peace at What Price?: U.N. Sex Crimes in Congo.)
Over 110 Sri Lankan UN soldiers were expelled from Haiti. Haitians experienced them kidnapping, operating brothels and raping Haiti women, girls and boys.
Haiti women who followed the Sri Lankan soldiers had to be rescued from brothels and polygamous households and returned to Haiti.
To date, the UN has failed to release their investigations or to assist the many victims, despite numerous Ezili HLLN request for their reports. The Haitian Permanent Mission that has the right to request these reports has abandoned the Haiti population. In fact, the current Haiti leaders, from the 2010, 2015 and 2016 Haiti presidential and/or parliamentary elections, were mostly not legitimately elected or appointed by the due authority of the Haitian people. They were put into office over Haiti resistance and protests which the UN troops quelled with live bullets. They were put in through fake elections presided over by the Clinton-Obama State Department and senior UN officials.
Moreover, Haiti lawyers at HLLN say the UN does not have immunity because the SOFA agreement allowing MINUSTAH into Haiti was signed by a George W. Bush-imposed Boca Raton resident, Gerald Latortue in 2004. Latortue was a career UN-employee who had no authority to bind a Haitian nation that did not elect him. So, MINUSTAH is the fruit of a rotten tree that extends itself illegally through local puppets it puts in office to sign off for its own immunity. It subverts democracy and brought rape, repression, death and a cholera epidemic to Haiti, not stability. The UN's own records show that the violence rate in Haiti was 5.6 per 100,000 people in 2007. But under UN-MINUSTAH's 13-year reign, Haiti's violence doubled to 10.2 per 100,000.
On July 28, 2011, UN soldiers from Uruguay, stationed in the beautiful scenic Southern town of Port Salut, Haiti, used a cellphone camera to film themselves laughing, as FOUR of them pinned down on a mattress, brutally raped and sodomized, Johnny Jean, an 18-year-old Haiti boy they had kidnapped and brought to their barracks. The UN's first reaction was to deny it happened. Five perpetrators were indicted by an Uruguayan court and four were convicted of "private violence," not rape. (See video of the rape "Uruguay UN soldiers kidnap and brutally gang rape 18-year old Johnny Jean.")
It's January 2017 and UN Secretary-General António Guterres already knows that the UN cannot be its own investigator, judge, jury and executioner. Yet, he is washing his hands in zero tolerance rhetoric while drying it on the same old dirty towel of the career UN personnel he's put on his "High-Level Task Force to Improve United Nations Approach for Preventing, Addressing Sexual Abuse."
On March 28, 2017, I was invited to share my expertise as a human rights lawyer and expert familiar with the plight of the UN rape survivors on Aljazeera Stream.
My co-panelists for the show were: Peter Gallo (former UN investigator); Catherine Plumridge (Humanitrain); Megan Nobert (Report the Abuse); Christian Saunders (UN Dept. of Mgmt) and Liz Bloomfield (InterACTION).
Femi Oke of Aljazeera brought in a few clips from her Faultlines documentary of the Haiti women who were raped by the odious UN perpetrators in the same space that's simultaneously putting the UN at ease to not "speak about their cases."
The show seemed objective and critical of the UN failures. But essentially, the UN got to have full and largely unimpeded access to do heavy PR for "zero tolerance" while generally strumming our pain, stabbing at our open wounds, deflecting attention away from their failures: saying that rape is a universal danger for women; that only a few rogue UN soldiers and PMSCs in UN uniforms are involved; and that the UN's colonial rape culture can be aggressively, openly and successfully addressed by the same career UN insiders, like Lacy Swing, who have failed to "wipe it out" for decades. Swing from the Congo and Haiti regime change fame is at the UN as head of IOM and is on Guterres' new task force to address endemic UN pedophilia and rape of the people they're sent to protect.
(Sidebar) I was so impressed that the Aljazeera documentary let the Haiti women speak for themselves. The children were well presented, hair combed and looking beautiful. So grateful, I did not expect Aljazeera censorship. I expected pushback only from the UN. So, I mistakenly did not check out the UN, World Bank, European Union career background of the Aljazeera host. Not until after the show and very angry Ezili Network viewers began sending me these:
"As a speaker, Femi is a go-to moderator for the World Bank, United Nations and European Union." -- Aljazeera.com
"Whenever I hear people complain about the UN I always remind them that it can only be as good as its members. I'm a huge fan of the UN so I'm always optimistic about its potential." - Femi Oke, Flow With the Stream: My Stroll With Femi Oke