UN peacekeeping presence in Haiti comes to an end

30 October 2019

The United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH) completed its mandate on 15 October, bringing an end to nearly 15 years of UN peacekeeping operations in the Caribbean nation that commenced on 1 June 2004 with the creation of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).

The origins of MINUSTAH date back to the removal of President Jean Bertrand Aristide in early 2004 and the intervention of a Multinational Interim Force, followed by the establishment of the UN mission. At its height, MINUSTAH had about 8,000 military personnel, which were reduced to about 2,300 by 2016, not including law enforcement officers and civilians.

Throughout its 13 years of existence, MINUSTAH was involved in a variety of operations, including natural disaster relief activities, including in the aftermath of 7.0 earthquake in January 2010, and Hurricane Matthew in 2016. However, there was also plenty of controversy, including accusations sexually assault.

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