Haiti (MINUJUSTH)

Background

The United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH) is a follow-on mission and the successor to MINUSTAH, which closed on October 15, 2017. MINUJUSTH builds on the work of the previous mission, which had been established in February 2004 after-then President Bertrand Aristide was exiled in the aftermath of armed conflict.

The current mission works with the government to further develop the Haitian National Police; to strengthen Haiti’s justice system and prisons; and to promote and protect human rights – all with the goal of improving the everyday lives of the Haitian people.

How MINUJUSTH Affects U.S. Interests

Protect important progress

While Haiti has made progress over the past decade, problems still remain: armed gangs continue to pose a threat; human rights abuses and human trafficking persist; and political instability remains a concern. Despite these ongoing challenges, as a long-standing partner of the government of Haiti, it serves U.S. interests to remain committed to MINUJUSTH to protect the hard-won gains since MINUSTAH was established.

Bolster local law enforcement

Over the past decade, the UN has worked to increase the size and professionalism of the Haitian National Police through recruitment, training, and the provision of equipment and infrastructure, as well as by conducting joint patrols to address gang violence, organized crime, and trafficking. As a direct result of the UN’s support, the HNP has grown from a force of 6,000 in 2010 to more than 15,000 in 2018, advanced key justice sector legislation, reinforced crowd control capabilities, and made progress towards addressing international human rights concerns. The U.S. has supported these efforts bilaterally as well as under the auspices of MINUSTAH and MINUJUSTH, because a functioning and professional police force is critical to Haiti’s long-term stability.

Promote human rights

MINUJUSTH’s task to strengthen national human rights institutions is essential to promoting the rule of law, democratic institution building, and security in Haiti. It contributes to ensuring accountability, as well as respect for human rights, including for women and children.

Budget

While the U.S. is the largest single contributor to the UN’s peacekeeping budget at 28% or $2.1 billion of the total budget, other UN member states pay the vast majority of costs and contribute 99% of the nearly 100,000 troops. Provided below is a breakdown of the cost of each mission and the U.S. contribution to MINUJUSTH.

Resources

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