UN Peacekeeper caught on camera raping Haitian man

by Leslie Pitterson

In Haiti, the reputation of the United Nations’ peacekeeping force has been complicated to say the least. Since the January 12th earthquake more than a year ago, the force has been accused of abuse as well as bringing cholera to the island. Now, with the most recent scandal involving the sexual assault of a young Haitian man, public outrage around the country has reached its boiling point.

This week, video captured using a cell phone showed a UN Peacekeeper from Uruguay raping a young man with his face down on a mattress. On the video, the victim, 18-year old Johnny Jean, is shown being assaulted on the video while the Peacekeeper and several of his colleagues are heard laughing in the background. The attack took place in the southern town of Port-Salut.

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Both Jean and his mother, Rose Marie Jean, spoke out about the incident on local radio stations and testified beore a judge in a hearing on the July 28th assault. Initially, a preliminary UN report ruled out that a rape had occurred but the video made the charges impossible to ignore.

Since, Uruguay says they have dismissed the navy commander responsible for the assault and are launching an investigation as well.

In a letter apologizing to the Haitian people, Commander of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Major General Luiz Ramos wrote:

As commander of the military forces of the United Nations Mission for Stabilization in Haiti, I want to express my sincere regret for the unfortunate events caused by a small number of soldiers of MINUSTAH in Port-Salut…It is very unfortunate that the bad actions of a few tarnish the many good works of many others. Every day, the vast majority of staff of the MINUSTAH is working to display a high level of professionalism and discipline, and build good relations with the Haitian people. We are guests in your country.

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Speaking of the incident, Haitian President Michel Martelly called the attack “a collective rape carried out against a young Haitian” and said it would not go unpunished.

  • African Mami

    Wait….what?! WTF!

  • trace21

    I’m showing this to everyone I can omg, thanks clutch for writing about this

  • http://www.sayjerve.storenvy.com SayJerve

    Wow, thats heatbreaking.

  • sweetpisces

    Heartless BASTARDS!!

  • Nadell

    ….speechless
    You know, the “UN”, this has to be the most perfect name — UNdone, UNorganized, UNethical & almost UNnecessary!
    It is the total opposite, contradiction of what it really stands for.
    I’M DISGUSTED!!!

  • sli

    speechless :-(

  • oknow

    just disgusting.. why do they do things like this..

  • http://heardhimsay.com Drew-Shane

    So sad. I’d hate to see the actual video. I can only imagine so much.

  • Bqtnsc

    There are no words for this!

  • ChezCerise

    Disgusting. I can’t even watch the video.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hareema-Akinak/100000531851239 Hareema Akinak

    Between this and the child rapes in Africa, I can see why developing nations are hesitant to have UN Peacekeepers on their turf. They seem to cause more harm than good.

  • Tacha

    “Regret”? What is “regret” worth for a rape survivor?

  • wow

    this hurt me to see so much.. :(

  • edub

    So so so incredibly heart breaking. I just….I’m speechless.

  • TheBestAnonEver, Part 2

    My goodness. Sigh. Sigh. Sigh.

  • http://none Kit

    This is disgusting, but for a log time I have suspected the UN ‘peacekeepers’ abuse their position of power in various countries. I shudder to think what goes on when there are no cameras around :(

  • Mr. Man

    Whoa!!

  • http://cupofjo-jo.blogspot.com bk chock

    Crazy cuz I was just in my home country a few months ago side-eyeing the UN workers with their rifles in their trucks, as well as other “peace-keeping” groups.

    This is why I hate the whole notion of “aide” in Africa or Haiti or any other country that seems to perpetually need aid. You wanna help? Stop buying technology or textiles and thats where you’ll start to see a real change. Otherwise helping only reinforces the paradigm.

  • http://cupofjo-jo.blogspot.com bk chock

    oh and the name should read “bk chick”

  • Clnmike

    The MINUSTAH criminal behaviour in Haiti has been documented since they arrive, they have been accused of rape, statutory rape, impregnating minors, murder, contaminating drinking water with waste which led to a cholera out break and the death of thousands, firing on customs agents witness intimidation and on and on. This is getting press because it was recorded and leaked and they can’t deny it like the other crimes. they over stayed their welcome the moment they got there.

  • boho.barbie

    +1

  • feri

    “a preliminary UN report ruled out that a rape had occurred”…Typical.

    You all know we wouldn’t know about this at all if it wasn’t captured on camera. I wonder what else they’re hiding…

  • :(

    Too many people have not made it out alive at massive get-togethers for me to throw myself too big of a pity party.

    You were violently attacked and sexually assaulted (penetration need not be present).

    You are entitled to grieve and be angry.

  • Lady.X

    The white man is the devil where ever he goes because a wolf in sheep’s clothing is still a wolf.

  • mary mary

    I was thinking the same thing. I hope the perpetrator and witnesses who stood by and did nothing are prosecuted to the full extent of law. It makes me so mad that this almost went unpunished and there should be a full review of the inquiry that preliminarily found there to be no case. Too many people trying to sweep this under the rug…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ashley-Sykes/1065177536 Ashley Sykes

    : O

  • Jene

    My stomach is hurting from watching this. Poor baby!!!! The men that did this, wow, pure disgust, I’m sure that this is the only beginning of what has been done by the UN “peacekeepers” in Haiti. They need to leave for real first they bring disease, then they bring this….. my heart goes out to the Haitian people.

  • justSayin..

    I suggest you look up the party doing the MAJORITY of the raping in Haiti. *Hint Hint* It ain’t the white man.

  • GorgeousSmile

    I didn’t even watch the video, reading this was hard enough. This is so disturbing, it’s making my blood boil…..

    The ancestors are going to make everybody involved pay dearly, right down to the losers standing around, laughing doing nothing, dirty b*tches!!

    A white peacekeeper is an oxymoron, white people are the most evil, aggressive, violent, chaos starters on the planet.

  • marais morris

    @justSayin..please tell us where we can find information on the “hint, hint” others that are doing the raping since you insist that it isn’t the “white man”. if someone else is guilty, then everyone should know about it. so let us know.

  • justSayin..

    @marais morris

    Not a problem. Google is your friend sweetie…

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/16/rape-in-haiti-women-girls_n_501588.html

    Women and children as young as 2, already traumatized by the loss of homes and loved ones in the Jan. 12 catastrophe, are now falling victim to rapists in the sprawling tent cities that have become home to hundreds of thousands of people.

    With no lighting and no security, they are menacing places after sunset. Sexual assaults are daily occurrences in the biggest camps, aid workers say – and most attacks go unreported because of the shame, social stigma and fear of reprisals from attackers.

    Rape was a big problem in Haiti even before the earthquake and frequently was used as a political weapon in times of upheaval. Both times the first democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was ousted, his enemies assassinated his male supporters and raped their wives and daughters.

    But the quake that killed an estimated 200,000 people has made women and girls ever more vulnerable. They have lost their homes and are forced to sleep in flimsy tents or tarp-covered lean-tos. They’ve lost male protection with the deaths of husbands, brothers and sons. And they are living in close quarters with strangers.

    ^^It ain’t the white man doing that ish.

  • justSayin..

    @marais morris

    Oh and I forgot this little piece of information from the article….

    The 21-year-old said her family has received no food aid because the Haitian men handing out coupons for food distribution demand sexual favors.

    Sex-for-food is not uncommon in the camps, said a report issued Tuesday by the Interuniversity Institute for Research and Development in Haiti. “In particular, young girls have to negotiate sexually in order to get shelter from the rains and access to food aid.”

    ^^^Sex-for-food? And you chicks got the nerve to say it’s the white man? Please come again!

  • Clnmike

    Aaaahhh yes the ever popular “they do it too” response, well hell the kid should pull his pants up, suck it up, walk it off and the rest of us should should keep it moving. No need to be outrage hear and get all emotional, c’est la vie.

    Kolan guete maman ou salopri.

  • justSayin..

    @Clnmike

    Have your eyes checked please. Nothing about “they do it too” in my comments. Instead it was a response to a comment that made absolutely NO SENSE given the country where this horrific crime took place. Haiti has a lot of problems….the white man ain’t one them.

  • BluTopaz

    Clnmike–

    Oh that’s right, the ‘they do it too’ reply is only allowed when Black males need to point the finger at other races of men who violate women.

    What happened to this young man is deplorable. However there is an entire generation of babies born to women who were raped after the Haitian earthquake, and it looks like this one male victim might get justice before the thousands of women who suffered the same fate at the hands of the men in their country.

  • Clnmike

    Fool check your self, your reputation proceeds you, you used this as an opportunity to take shot at black men. You think no one knows that black women are raped by black men? Doesnt matter what the color of the criminal who is committing the crime.

    And this little gem here “Haiti has a lot of problems….the white man ain’t one them.” The hell he aint, he may not be the only reason but he damn sure is suspect number one in this matter,read a history book.

  • Clnmike

    I got a good idea where you can put your facts……

    Good night.

  • Bisous

    @ Hareema I have to agree for the most part, however many of the rapes in Africa within recent years have been the result of political turmoil, civil wars and corrupted social structures and they are normally comitted at the hands of native people. Truth is some people are just evil regardless of race and will seize any oppurtunity to take advantage of weak people. This case and many others are absolutly horrid. I just hope it isn’t blamed on one group alone so many people should be implimented in this. I hope this young man and many other victims recieve justice.

  • http://guulo.wordpress.com/ Guulo

    I have read of many other cases of rape involving UN peacekeepers and I don’t remember any harsh consequences for these offenders. Dismissing one criminal and launching a so called “investigation” just doesn’t cut it. Sad state of world affairs

  • socially maladjusted

    Gorgeous Smile

    A white peacekeeper is an oxymoron, white people are the most evil, aggressive, violent, chaos starters on the planet.

    Word!

  • Clnmike

    “Oh that’s right, the ‘they do it too’ reply is only allowed when Black males need to point the finger at other races of men who violate women.”

    No oh wise one it aint allowed period.
    But the fact that you use it exposes your true point of interest.

    “However there is an entire generation of babies born to women who were raped after the Haitian earthquake, and it looks like this one male victim might get justice before the thousands of women who suffered the same fate at the hands of the men in their country.”


    And you know what those crooks need to be dragged slowly through the hot coals too for what they have done.
    The difference here is that there has yet to be a damn cell phone video implicating those thugs to pop up so that it draws the media attention, instead of going by the mediaks ever so trusting words, The difference here is that the people who are to supposed to do the dragging, who are to enforce the law, who are to protect the people are committing crimes and hiding behind their authority and political immunity. And instead of recognising this you have those, of which you may include your self, who instead seek this out as an opportunity to change focus and with “they do it too” and lesson the impact of a crime committed. It wouldn’t of mattered if the victim was a girl and the thugs were blacker than the ace of spades. You put a video out there like that everyone is paying attention.

  • TheT

    @Just Sayin I love all your comments!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hareema-Akinak/100000531851239 Hareema Akinak

    however many of the rapes in Africa within recent years have been the result of political turmoil, civil wars and corrupted social structures and they are normally comitted at the hands of native people.

    Definitely don’t disagree with you there. But the UN Peacekeepers are supposed to be helping these nations, not make things worse by sexually assaulting the natives. This is what makes them *that* much scummier.

    I also hope the young man (as all of the other survivors) receive justice. Considering all they went through, they shouldn’t have had to face that as well.

  • http://xazztic.com blueenigma

    @JustSayin (AND @TheT for tacitly co-signing)

    For you to acknowledge that Haiti has a lot of problems but then assert that the White man is not one of them shows that you are either #1. Woefully under-educated #2. Remarkably dense or #3. Both. I’m going for the prize behind door number three. There isn’t a single country on the planet that hasn’t been marred by the European footprint, and Haiti is no exception. Any damage inflicted on Haitians BY Haitians is infinitesimal compared to the humanity abuses inflicted by Spain and France. From violent, forceful colonization to arduous forced slave labor, Europe ensured Haiti was broken, good and proper. It took 12 goddamn years of revolution before Haiti was finally able to break free of their oppressors! And even still, the difficulties are intractable because the abuses are generationally imprinted. Before you come on public forums throwing around daft remarks about race relations, read a book. Dummy.  

  • http://xazztic.com blueenigma

    @JustSayin (AND @TheT for tacitly co-signing)

    For you to acknowledge that Haiti has a lot of problems but then assert that the White man is not one of them shows that you are either #1. Woefully under-educated #2. Remarkably dense or #3. Both. I’m going for the prize behind door number three. There isn’t a single country on the planet that hasn’t been marred by the European footprint, and Haiti is no exception. Any damage inflicted on Haitians BY Haitians is infinitesimal compared to the humanity abuses inflicted by Spain and France. From violent, forceful colonization to arduous forced slave labor, Europe ensured Haiti was broken, good and proper. It took 12 goddamn years of revolution before Haiti was finally able to break free of their oppressors! And even still, the difficulties are intractable because the abuses are generationally imprinted. Before you come on public forums throwing around daft remarks about race relations, read a book. Dummies.

  • justSayin..

    @blueenigma

    Please go sit down somewhere chick. In TODAY’S WORLD the white man is NOT Haiti’s problem–the black man is! My comment is in reference to THE PRESENT…not the past. I’m well aware of the history of the country. However, some of you chicks need to face facts. This country continues to fail today due to weak leadership and immoral black men both inside and outside the government.

  • justSayin..

    @@blueenigma

    See my response below.

  • Strawberry

    SICK!!!! DAMN!

    The devil comes in MANY colors. MANY!!!

  • laeelae

    im haitian and i can tell you first hand the UN does absolutely NOTHING and i mean NOOTHING in Haiti.
    basicly theyre on a long term vacation: they go to the beach,they eat the best food, and get VIP passes to the best parties/clubs.theyre also well known for raping women and honestly this doesnt suprise me one bit. The Haitian people cannot stand them and they want them out.This makes me so upset but like i said it does not suprise me.

  • http://cupofjo-jo.blogspot.com bk chick

    co-sign..saw all of this on my recent trip there to see my family. It’s a shame reallt

  • lulu

    the only good thing about the UN is UNICEF….this is evil…

  • lulu

    WOW There’s so much evil in this world. Al Jazeera is so on point with their global news coverage that it can be hard to watch because you realize how evil the world has become. I watched a story they did on women being raped in sudan and I had to pause it and broke down crying. On top of that it would be naive to think that worse so much WORSE is going on that we cannot imagine and do not hear of. God help us!!!!!

  • lulu

    *it would be naive NOT to think,…

  • Lola289

    WE (Black ppl) need to look in the mirror..and make amends.
    In the end its up to us to help our brothers & sisters in need. Stop pointing
    fingers and make a change. (drops mic &steps off soap box)

  • BluTopaz

    seek this out as an opportunity to change focus and with “they do it too” and lesson the impact of a crime committed”

    Uhhh–who came into the thread bringing up this tactic to begin with, and how did i try to lesson the impact of this particular crime? I already noted how horrible it was, HOWEVER: let’s not pretend deflecting away from the issue at hand isn’t a theme used by primarily male commenters on this site. If you are not calling out these guys in those threads about anti-woman behavior, you have shown your ‘true point of interests’ yourself.

  • Alexandra

    I was in Haiti in ’07 and I saw the shame thing. They are everywhere and they have kids all over the place.

    This story is so disgusting. Peacekeepers in general don’t have a positive reputation, but I feel like it’s time for them to be removed, this is only going to increase the tensions between the people and the soldiers. Rape crimes have been reported since 2004, and nothing has been done; also adding that the Haitian gov’t is so weak. The UN will just remove the accused and replace them with other soldiers. A few years ago I read about how young Haitian girls ended up in South Asia prostituting…wonder how they got there

  • Linda

    I wish I didn’t click on it..this almost brought me to tears.

  • WOw

    I’m sick and in tears. This is sick! This is the UN- the United Nations, they are supposed to help. I hate when stuff like this happens. It rocks my already wavering faith in humanity.

  • haitiandebutant

    Wowza!!! You Guys Are Goin In!!! But what ya’ll need to Take in & Understand That Both Parties are Wrong! Thed UN & Some of the Haitian People. The Main thing people need to understand is that Haiti Has Been “Willy Lynched” at All angles! So although we as a people have done wrong it still DOESN’T Make The “White Man” Right for Adding in the Blows!!! But Taking it Too Another Level Defaming & WOMENIZING Our MEN!!! That’s Straight Up Viloation!!! If he raped a woman & it would’ve been looked at as “Normal” But he did something to Defame the Young Adult Psychie!!! Which is MORE Volatile!!! Because Mr. Johnny Jean is Our “Haitian” Future. Now thanks to “People” who don’t belong in that Country in the 1st Place!!!(Yeah I Said It!!!) This Young Mans Spirit is now ‘Broken’ & ‘Tainted’! And his view of the “The Help ” will Never be the same…. Don’t Be Mad that Truth is Finally Hitting The Fan! They’ve been RAPING HAITI for a CeNTuRY & That EarthQuake was the LowBlow!!! I’m Jus Sayin…..

  • Justice/peace

    I can not believe that anyone is trying to justify this type of behavior. I bet those UN guys would swear they are not Gay, but they are. Anyone who would do this and allow it to happen is Gay,I hope their wives/etc, see this video. It’s sad that this was done to this Man, but I am glad someone got this video, so these evil hipocrits can finally be bought to justice. We all know this wasn’t their first time. Haiti needs to get rid of them yesterday. How does the race of people who has everything and every opportunity,do this? It’s because of their heart is evil and wicked. They have brought all of this mayhem to people who are already poor and suffering. That shows that their heart is wicked,evil and deplorable! Yes, some of the Haitian men has raped, it isn’t right, but at least they stay in the natural order of things, it’s a woman, not a man that they raped. This country has enough to contend with, now they have these Gay UN workers coming in,bringing Aids and every other sinful thing. These men don’t have anything, you can see them doing some terrible things. Although it is wrong, but when you have everything and choose to do this, you are far more the worst piece of ish imaginable and I hope you burn in Hell for all the evil, wicked things you do and have done to humanity since the beginning of time. No sin will go unpunished,if not in this world then the world to come. Justice will be served!

  • abominablealbinos

    I guess justSayin’s logic is that since white people have been having wars with each other for years, raping each other for years, and bombing each other for years, white should never complain about Arabs, Blacks or any other group doing the same to whites. I wish more whites were like him. But most of them still can’t get beyond categorizing crime by race and being spooked every time they see someone in middle-easterner.

  • abominablealbinos

    Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case. As the story says, this incident was going to be ignored if not for the cell phone video. So, I’m guessing that it has happened more times than one can count by these non-black un workers. This should be an example to the world that whites cannot be trusted when they enter other people’s countries in position of authority. And when you look at their history around the globe, them being the ONLY group of people that have a violent/oppressive history against EVERY single group on EVERY single hueman-inhabited continent, it is clear that they cannot be outside Europe with tight supervision by the native people in the lands they are going to and by those descendants of the groups whites kidnapped. Whites have cornered the market on worldwide abuses of hueman beings. It’s time we start acting like we know the truth about them and develop ways to more closely monitor them and develop systems of punishment when they carry on their genocidal behavior.

  • diane

    Excuse me?! And you call WHITE PEOPLE racist? If I would’ve wrote that kind of comment (being a white woman), I’d be 100% dished and called racist. You know your comment was very insulting. How come we are the most aggressive, evil and worst people on planet? BLACK man was raping a boy but oh of course a white man who was just standing there is the most disgusting person on earth.
    Personally I, and my family (we’re from Lithuania) HAVE NOTHING TO DO with Africa’s, Haiti’s & others’ countries problems. We’re , Lithuanians, are white people and we hadn’t step a foot into your land. So I’d suggest you to be more respectful and stop talking crap about white people, because probably that’s all you do all the time – you blame white men for everything. Everything!

  • wjkL

    The white man not doing it in Haiti but he sure is everywhere else…Get rid of the “Peacekeepers” they do nothing anyway.

  • Dino

    How did the white man add in blows? The rapist was a South American.

  • Dino

    Hey Moron, The rapist was brown and he was from south america. Also, FYI Arabs are Caucasian, retard.

  • Dino

    Why can’t blacks take care of themselves? Why are they always the victims?

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