Security Compromised: Recycled Haitian Soldiers on the Police Front Line

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As the multinational force prepared to turn over operations to the U.N. Mission in Haiti (UNMIH) on March 31, 1995, political tensions increased and far from having brought stability, the U.S.-led force pointed only to a fragile security that impending parliamentary and presidential elections may rupture. Since the UNMIH mandate was designed solely to maintain a secure environment and prohibits law enforcement, increasing responsibilities fall onto Haiti’s only functioning security force, an interim police force comprising former members of the same military whose brutal human rights record galvanized the international effort to restore democracy. (With National Coalition for Haitian Refugees.)

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