Moving Images: A Reflection on the Use of Force by UN Peacekeepers in Haiti

Irish Yearbook of International Law, edited by Fiona de Londras and Siobhán Mullally (Volume XIII), 2018

9 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2020

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Erin Pobjie

University of Essex School of Law; Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Date Written: July 22, 2018

Abstract

This essay reviews and critically reflects upon the themes raised by the documentary film It Stays with You: Use of Force by UN Peacekeepers in Haiti (2017), produced and directed by Cahal McLaughlin and Siobhán Wills. The documentary deals with the use of force by the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) in 2005 in the Bois Neuf neighborhood of Cité Soleil, an area of slum housing in Port-au-Prince. The style and content of the documentary engage broader themes of the limitations and challenges of transitional justice (TJ), especially with respect to structural inequality and marginalization. This essay examines four interrelated key themes raised by the documentary, namely, the conception of peacekeeping and its application in Haiti; process; accountability and marginalization, and explores the way that documentary film can contribute to broadening the perspectives and inputs of TJ to include voices from the ‘margins’.

Keywords: Haiti, MINUSTAH, Peacekeeping, Use of Force, Human Rights

Suggested Citation

Pobjie, Erin, Moving Images: A Reflection on the Use of Force by UN Peacekeepers in Haiti (July 22, 2018). Irish Yearbook of International Law, edited by Fiona de Londras and Siobhán Mullally (Volume XIII), 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3658272 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3658272

Erin Pobjie (Contact Author)

University of Essex School of Law ( email )

Colchester, Essex CO43SQ
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.essex.ac.uk/people/pobji90502/erin-pobjie

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law ( email )

Im Neuenheimer Feld 535
69120 Heidelberg, 69120
Germany

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