UN probes new charges of peacekeeper abuse in Haiti

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations  said yesterday it was investigating allegations of  assault and attempted homicide by peacekeepers in Haiti, the  latest charges of misconduct to be leveled against the  blue-helmeted force.

Local media have alleged that a group of Brazilian  peacekeepers working for the U.N. mission in Haiti, known as  MINUSTAH, severely beat and left for dead three young Haitian  men earlier this week.

“The mission is doing everything it can to establish the  facts as soon as possible,” U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq told  reporters.

“It (MINUSTAH) reiterates its zero tolerance policy  regarding misconduct of its personnel and will examine all  allegations with the utmost seriousness,” he said.

MINUSTAH is no stranger to negative press in Haiti.

Many Haitians have called for the complete withdrawal of the  force due to allegations that Nepalese U.N. troops brought a  deadly cholera epidemic to the country after their camp latrines  contaminated a river. That sparked riots last year.

Earlier this year, the U.N. force faced renewed public  protests over allegations a group of Uruguayan troops raped a  man.

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