UN envoy holds talks about protecting Haitian-Dominican border against crime

A senior United Nations envoy is holding talks today with officials in the Dominican Republic about how to improve the border security of Haiti, where the UN has a peacekeeping operation to try to help stabilize the country after years of violence and misrule.

Abductions and killings of children in Haiti denounced by UNICEF

Condemning a recent spate of kidnappings and assassinations carried out against children in Haiti, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called for action to bring the perpetrators to justice.

New Haitian police recruits receive training from UN officers

More than 600 newly inducted Haitian national police recruits will form a unit devoted to tackling the capital’s most troubled neighbourhoods after receiving training from United Nations Police (UNPOL) officers stationed in the Caribbean country.

With UN support, Haiti launches nationwide vaccination campaign

With the backing of the United Nations, the Haitian Government today launched a nationwide vaccination campaign to try to protect more than half of the population from contracting key preventable diseases.

Haiti: Over 100 Sri Lankan blue helmets repatriated on disciplinary grounds – UN

The United Nations today announced that it will repatriate more than 100 Sri Lankan peacekeepers serving with the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) on disciplinary grounds.

Haiti: UN and Government join forces to provide relief after Tropical Storm Noël

Responding to the damage caused when Tropical Storm Noël swept over Haiti on 29 and 30 October, blue helmets from the United Nations Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH) helped to evacuate thousands of people, distribute meals and provide medical assistance to those affected.

UN experts find ‘profound and entrenched’ racial bias in Dominican Republic

Two independent United Nations human rights experts have called on the Dominican Republic to combat what they describe as a “profound and entrenched problem of racism and discrimination” against blacks in general – and Haitians in particular – in the Central American nation.

Haiti: UN peacekeepers rebuild school in troubled neighbourhood of capital

More than 1,500 children in one of the most troubled neighbourhoods of Haiti’s capital are attending classes again after soldiers serving with the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) helped to renovate a school building that had been left unusable by the violent activities of armed gangs.

Extending UN’s Haiti mission, Security Council adjusts forces to reflect changes

The Security Council today extended the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) through mid-October 2008 while reducing its military component and increasing police in order to adjust to changing circumstances in the country, where civil unrest remains a threat but gang violence has been significantly curtailed.

Senior UN official in Haiti urges action to prevent sexual abuse

A senior official serving with the United Nations peacekeeping operation in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has called for action to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel.