Haiti win raises hopes for women seeking child support from U.N. peacekeepers

Reuters, By Anastasia Moloney, April 14, 2021

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A historic court order for a former United Nations peacekeeper to pay child support for a daughter he fathered while stationed in Haiti raises hopes for dozens of other mothers seeking similar claims worldwide, the woman’s lawyers said.

A judge in Jacmel, a port in southern Haiti, ordered a Uruguayan peacekeeper to pay 350,000 Haitian gourdes ($4,320) a month in child support to a woman he impregnated, according to a ruling seen by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“This is an important ruling that speaks to the Haitian judicial system’s capacity and willingness to hold U.N. peacekeepers to account for their actions,” said Sandra Wisner, a senior attorney who worked on the case.

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