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More Than 100 UN Soldiers From Sri Lanka Were Deported Under Charges Of Sexual Abuse Of Underage Girls: What About UN Crimes?

By Manfred Gerstenfeld –

This article was orginaly published under the title of “What About UN Crimes?”

Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld

The YouTube video of Israeli Lieutenant Colonel Shalom Eisner hitting a Danish provocateur “peace activist” with the butt of his gun has become world news. To get a better perspective on the true importance of this “affair,” one should compare it with the conduct of soldiers elsewhere in the world.

The best point of reference is the Peacekeeping Forces of the United Nations. This organization issued the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the non-initiated would expect its soldiers to be “a light unto the nations.”

In Haiti in 2005, UN peacekeeping troops killed 23 people, including children, in a poor area of Port au Prince. Doctors without Borders reported that they had treated 27 people for gunshot wounds – around 20 of them were women under the age of 18. In December 2007, more than 100 UN soldiers from Sri Lanka were deported under charges of sexual abuse of underage girls.

A video was also released showing four Uruguayan troops in Haiti laughing while allegedly raping an 18 year old Haitian boy. Two Pakistani peacekeepers were recently sentenced for raping a 14 year old Haitian boy. There are also strong claims that fecal waste from UN troops deposited in a river spread cholera bacteria in Haiti which killed more than 6,000 Haitians and infected more than 400,000.

There are older accusations of Italian and Dutch UN soldiers having sex with young prostitutes in Eritrea, some of whom were 10-11 years old. Reports from 2006 mention sexual abuse of girls as young as 13 by UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2007, the Daily Telegraph reported on UN peacekeepers and staff abusing children in southern Sudan. Other reports concerned sexual and other abuse in Burundi, Liberia and Ivory Coast.

A study by Cornell Law School stated, “The problem of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation… has occurred among the military and civilian personnel of a wide range of countries from all parts of the world.”

There are pictures of a Belgian soldier from the UN Restore Hope mission urinating on the face of a dead Somali. Another picture shows Belgian soldiers roasting a living Somali over a fire. Canadian soldiers killed three Somali teenagers, of whom at least one was tortured. They also bound and beat others and made videotapes of themselves boasting that they “ain’t killed enough niggers yet.”

A Canadian general reacted by saying that “in stressful circumstances, this should be accepted.” In 1997, 47 Canadian UN troops serving in Bosnia were accused of “drunkenness, sex, black marketeering and harassment of patients at the mental hospital they were guarding.”

Rwanda fiasco

The NGO Save the Children UK revealed cases of abuse associated with 23 humanitarian peacekeeping and security organizations. These include civil humanitarian agencies such as those delivering food and nutritional assistance, care, education and health services, reconstruction, shelter, training, and livelihood support, as well as military actors providing peace and security services.

Yet this small selection of crimes pales when compared to the role of the United Nations and its peacekeeping forces in the genocides in Rwanda in 1993 and Bosnia in 1995. Canadian General Romeo Dallaire, Commander of the UN forces in Rwanda, saw the genocide coming and contacted his UN superiors months before the murders. His requests to undertake deterrent actions were turned down seven times. When the mass murders started, the UN cut its force in Rwanda from 2,600 to 450.

When the Bosnian Serbs conquered Srebrenica, a town which the UN had guaranteed safe haven status, Dutch peacekeepers fled upon instructions of their government. This after they helped separate the Muslim men and boys from the women. An estimated 6,000-8,000 Muslims were killed by the Bosnian Serbs.

To make matters worse, the UN itself cannot be prosecuted for the disasters it has played a role in. This was confirmed by a recent judgment of the Dutch Supreme Court. The UN people who made the decisions which facilitated the Rwanda and Srebrenica genocides are far more senior than Colonel Eisner will ever be.

If one were to include in the list of abuses, besides those by UN Peacekeepers, those of Western armies, they would fill a few books. The Eisner Affair would not even merit a footnote.

Eisner’s acts should have been investigated and judged exclusively by the army itself. Before Israeli politicians jump to exacerbate such a case, they should investigate what happens elsewhere. And regarding Israel’s answer to the Danish ambassador’s questions about the Eisner incident, it should have included the hardly publicized story of how 200 fully armed Danish soldiers stood by in Croatia when nine handicapped Serbians were executed before their eyes.

Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld has published 20 books. Several of these address anti-Israelism and anti-Semitism// courtesy ynetnews .

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    According to Gota.. that Srilankan military is the most disciplined one in the entire world…

    It is not surprising to me to know about the sexual abuse of underage children by the Srilankan troops.. Bcoz they excel in this action.. We have to remember what has happened in 77 and 88/89 during the JVP uprising… They raped countless sinhalese girls.. One known example is Premawathi Mannamperi.

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      Poor people are more likely to commit violent crimes than the middle or upper classes. The problem is that imbeciles like Mahinda Rajapakse have done nothing to create a solid middle class. His economic policy has only increased the income gap; the rich have become richer and the poor have become poorer. So the only way for a poor guy to feel important – even now – is to join the army.

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    The Jack boot Democracy? Gota was a mediocre soldier while serving in the Forces in the early ’90s. If he had an ounce of brilliance he would have shone then in the army.

    It is no secret that it was the US backed intelligence that sowed violence whether JVP or the LTTE in the early days to destabilise third world countries. So when the Govts of the day crushed such rebellions, it was MR and crowd who took up issue as saviours of Human Rights then and went to UN and appealed to the US. Since all these evil was nurtured and nourished by the very Peace Keepers, they had established contact with this so called Human Rights crusaders to come to power and today they are used to crush Human Rights now. So Gota who went to the US through the Green Card after training under the facade of working as an insignificant petrol pump attendant, today is back with state of the craft of management and is making life misserable for everyone. That is why, when RW remarked to Richard Armitage, that there is an Ugly American amongst us no action was taken by the US reference Gota for all the villany committed, being an American citizen but continue to turn a blind eye on him. These perks extended to the Sri Lankan Forces to earn an extra buck by these Americans are nothing but crumbs from the table.

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    body guards of barack obama had sex with young colombian prostitutes ,soilders were deported,suz done the same when i was in carabian ,young prostitution a big business of carabians.ola grasias singho reata.

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      Banging an old bag as suz or prostitutes is not the issue. They are there to be banged. But when accused of abusing under age girls is far more serious, so naturally our brutes had to return.

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        freedom of teen sex culture in haiti is the cause for abusing decent srilankan soilders.teen sex is paid business.

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    Gamini & the Dinosaur, great way to miss the entire point of the article. Rofl.

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      David please do not worry about our point as long as you can look after yours. Otherwise you will be pointless.

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      Truth hurts… Sorry..

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    No action was taken against the 108 SLPeacekeepers expelled by UN from Haiti for sexual abuse of young females.No Courts Martial like for General Sarath Fonseka.
    This bred impunity.

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      Not true. Many of them were court martialled, but court martial cases are not often reported in the media before or after Fonseka case. For example, there are thousands not hundreds of soldiers serving sentences following court martial cases. Fonseka’s case was given such publicity because it was Fonseka. Back to Haiti, there may be some soldiers absconding courts martial but that happens anywhere in the world.

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        Rupert V is that why the MR govt. has to reopen the 17 aid workers and the 5 students murder cases.? If as you suggest soldiers have been Court Martialed?

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          No it was because they ran out of cases to deal with, especially considering the Preamadasa era… seriously though, those 17 were working for the LTTE clearly but they reopened files probably they might have found some new evidence to the effect that one or two of them were innocent. As for the 5 school boys, it was very much an LTTE work but still only STF not the Army has been accused by the LTTE lot~, so no military court for them, but you can enquire from anybody if you don’t know, but of course about thousands of soldiers have been court martialled in the last two decades alone for various offences.

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          @ Rupert Vandakoon, one of the boys who was a victim of the five was a son of a Doctor, a friend of mine, who was here on holiday, studying overseas. There was another boy a victim who too were here on holiday a student overseas. These boys had gathered on the beach side which had been a haunt of theirs when they were young and they had been chatting, laughing and reminiscing. Just at that time a Forces Jeep had passed that way and the boys had continued their friendly banter. The Jeep had reversed and had been seen questionning the boys. The boys obviously having an independence living overseas the manner they spoke back would have been too much for the Forces to tolerate and the next moment they were just gunned down. This incident had taken place at dusk and when the father(Doctor) heard about the news, he had immediately tried to visit the scene of the incident but had been prevented by the Forces. The following day the story spread by the Police was that the boys had tried to lob a hand granade at the Forces and the forces in self defence had fired. The Police even had produced a handgranade or two, which they had claimed was collected from the hands of one of the victims. But at the Magisterial inquiry this story has been obviously dropped. Thereafter various stories were floated but the last, the Forces defence was that the weapons issued to the Forces did not match the bullets found on the victims. Thus conveniently the case was closed. Rupert if you do not know facts on matters please refrain from commenting and misleading the readers.

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          @gamini. Your story about the 5 boys is a decorated version of that told by Tamilnet and the LTTE. They had a three-wheeler guy hurling a grenade first but you have a reversed Army van..lol. Anyway, your version makes the whole story a mockery, because according to you, the kids were overseas students..wow. You do know facts. It was very much an LTTE manipulation and there was no doubt about that. But at least the government has reopened the case, because they have some evidence on this now. Still you worry about them, allegedly it was because your pal’s kid as well. Sorry about that but the LTTE proscribed and killed thousands other kids, though nobody is bothered about them.

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          Rupert Vandakoon, What I stated was the information I received from one of the victims’s father who was a Doctor who is now overseas. You state that a three wheeler chap lobbed a hand granade first. IF so, will the five remain in one place without running away to be gunned down at the same spot? Besides how is it that none of the Forces got injured from the granade lobbed by the three wheeler driver? Honestly you are pathetic, to say the least, even unable to tell a lie properly. Try again, another time.

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          Gamini, Honestly you are not pathetic but stupid. You first sounded like you were there when the incident happened and now watering down the tune to suit to the occasion.First the kids were overseas students and now only their fathers overseas, what a pathetic lie. You can search for yourself, the evidence to the effect of a three wheeler guy throwing a grenade is everywhere. The simple logic is the Army wasn’t there when the guy threw a grenade. You don’t understand do you? My simple advice is, ask a neighbour if you don;t understand the logic but you could try to learn as well.

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          Rupert Vanderkoon, first get tour self educated before you come to a forum as this to interact with people. As another reader commented, get your Language improved to understand and express yourself properly. It is pathetic indeed wasting my time. However what I have stated is that one victim was the son of the Doctor who was a student overseas and another victim also an overseas student in that group. The Doctor is now overseas after the incident as the Forces were making life impossible for him. I hope it is clear to you now.

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    Funny! when the Canadians do it, its“in stressful circumstances, this should be accepted” but when Sri Lanakans do it its “Deplorable’
    when will this http://WWW.com(White wild West&com)realise that their whitness is only skin deep.
    One doesn’t have to be an expert on anything to know that when a soldiers goes to a prostitute,to check her age is the least of his priorities.
    Indian male peace keepers in Liberia were replaced with females exactly for the same reason but they were not insulted like ours.
    Our soldiers were insulted because they finshed the US proxy army here.

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    do not justify the killings and rape of SL Army by saying they have eradicted terrorism. The LTTE is no more since 2009 but there are still killings and rape widely committed by the troops in SL. Who is now to blame/excuse for committing these crimes? It is a known fact from Manamperi there are thousands of Mannamperis and the culprits are the troops, so do not ntry to protect them., you will become a laughing stock. More to this the people who committed crimes against humanity will be punished and it will be very hard for you to absorb that

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