Latest UN Nation-Building Mandate in Haiti Nears Third Month of its Deployment

December 1, 2019

According to the resolution that established the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) in October, UN Special Representative and Head of BINUH, United States Foreign Service agent Helen Meagher La Lime will be responsible for the oversight of Haitian internal affairs.

Resolution 2476 is the latest UN Security Council decision on the future of the Haitian people since the U.S. invaded Haiti in order to overthrow the democratically elected government of Aristide and to re-install a pro-U.S. puppet regime on February 29, 2004.

Under its mandate, the BINUH will administer areas involving the "Advancement of reforms in the justice sector, in particular to reduce pre-trial detention, ensure accountability for corruption, and combat impunity...Strengthening of penitentiary administration management and oversight capacities to enhance provision of basic services in prisons, in line with human rights standards… Support in consolidation of national frameworks and strengthening capacities and independence of the National Human Rights Institution and civil society for the protection and promotion of human rights, with a particular focus on women's rights and gender equality...Promotion and support to implementation of a national strategy to reduce gang and community violence, including sexual and gender-based violence...Advancement of Haiti's effort to undertake electoral reforms and to hold free, fair and transparent elections… Strengthening of the operational capacities, integrity and accountability of the Haitian National Police as it maintains public order and protects the population in full respect of human rights obligations and gender equality."

The UN Security Council hopes that by allowing some "official" discussion about mistakes in tactics, it can stop people from exposing the aims and root causes of the war.

Thus, in addition to the new crimes it is preparing through its administrative and police training role, the goal of BINUH is to lend legitimacy to the unfolding history of colonialism in Haiti.

U.S. imperialism has repeatedly invaded and occupied Haiti while robbing the resources and exploiting the labor of the people. From 1915 to 1934, U.S. marines occupied and directly ruled Haiti. Before leaving the marines installed a puppet government, financed and armed by U.S. imperialism. In 1957, U.S. imperialism and the Haitian elite brought the Duvalier family to power in order to crush the rising democratic and social movements of the masses. In 1986, the Haitian people toppled the Duvalier regime, and unleashed a tremendous democratic and social movement.

UN occupation, which bears responsibility for the bloodshed and widespread political repression that has taken place over the last 15 years, began shortly after the U.S. invasion of 2004 when U.S. imperialism and its henchmen started their war against the Haitian people.

Like the colonial masters of the 18th and 19th century, the new UN administrators for Haiti act as if they must "take up the white man's burden" and show the "ungovernable" how to act "civilized."

But it is not the people of Haiti who are in need of lessons on how to live and order their public affairs. Indeed, they have repeatedly regained their national independence and sovereignty by fighting against the same forces that are now working so hard to reestablish the old-style colonial mandate system in the region. By granting BINUH this mandate, the U.S. and its allies in the Security Council are resorting to blatant colonialism. They have decided, themselves, to build a state in Haiti to be overseen by foreign authorities, whose decisions are final and who retain the authority to recall UN troops to enforce them at any time they deem it necessary.

The mass struggles in Haiti today are striking at imperialism and reaction, destroying the economic and political positions of U.S. imperialism and aiming for the triumph of their liberation movement. The U.S. monopoly capitalist class and its allies in the UN Security Council are well aware of the potential of the Haitian people; to them even a small Haitian struggle represents the "danger of a good example." That is why their war on Haiti is so relentless. Each time the Haitian masses rise up in struggle against colonial rule, they not only take giant steps forward toward victory in Haiti, they also expose the pressure, blackmail and demagogy of imperialism and deny imperialism another base from which to launch wars and oppress others.

The supervisory control over Haiti by U.S. imperialism and its allies in the UN Security Council is a resurrected colonial system which aims to smother and extinguish the national liberation movement of the Haitian people. The American people must step up our struggle against our "own" ruling class and in support of the Haitian people's right to independence. This struggle is part of the fight against U.S. chauvinism and imperialism, part of the struggle of the working class and people for a genuinely democratic foreign policy which demands an end to U.S. intervention and aggression around the world.