News Americas, PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Mon. Sept. 5, 2011: five Uruguayan peacekeepers have been accused on sexually assaulting a young Haitian man.
The Uruguayan military recalled the men, including the head of Uruguay’s naval contingent, after a video clip appeared on the internet, which purported to show the abuse.
In the video, several men in uniform are heard to laugh as they hold down an 18-year-old man on a bed during what appears to be a sexual assault at a UN base in southern Haiti.
The military said “severe and exemplary measures” would be enforced to deal with the allegations, and that it would apply the maximum penalty if the accused men were found guilty. Uruguay has 1,200 military personnel in Haiti.
It is the latest controversy involving UN peacekeepers in Haiti.