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United Nations Political and Peacekeeping Missions in Haiti (1993-2001)
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United Nations Political and Peacekeeping Missions in Haiti (1993-2001)

  • AG-068
  • Fondo
  • 1945 - 2001

AG-068 contains the records of six political and peacekeeping missions active in Haiti during the 1990s:

International Civilian Mission in Haiti, OAS/UN (MICIVIH), 1993-2000
United Nations Mission in Haiti (UNMIH), 1993-1996
United Nations Support Mission in Haiti (UNSMIH), 1996-1997
United Nations Transition Mission in Haiti (UNTMIH), 1997
United Nations Civilian Police Mission in Haiti (MIPONUH), 1997-2000
International Civilian Support Mission in Haiti (MICAH), 2000-2001

The concurrent deployment of the various missions resulted in administrative and operational integration in the field and during the transport of records at the box, folder, and item levels. Because of this, the records for the Haiti missions have been retained and arranged in one fonds, instead of in separate fonds.

A mission has been identified for all files in the collection. The name of the mission is indicated in the Office of Origin field at the folder level. This enables searches for specific missions. In addition, the acronym for the name of the mission is written in the upper left corner of the folder.

Some folders contain documents for several missions. For these folders, the name of the mission was determined by the majority of documents in the folder.

For a few folders, a specific Haiti mission could not be identified. In these cases, a best effort was made to identify a mission, and brackets were drawn around the acronym for the name of the mission written in the upper left corner of the folder.

The functional description of records in AG-068 is based on the “Peacekeeping and Political Operations Retention Schedule,” DPKO/DFS, v. 3, June 2011. The names of the series comprising AG-068 were drawn from the records series listed in the retention schedule. During archival processing, the files were assigned to series based on their function. Mission-specific Offices of Origin are indicated at the box level and are derived from the mission’s organizational structure. Accessions originating from the offices of the Heads of Mission were not broken up and were assigned to S-1872.

The Haiti missions in AG-068 produced records in the following languages: French (75%), English (15%), and Creole (10%). Folders containing records predominantly in English have been screened at the item level and the appropriate Security Level has been indicated in TRIM. When French or Creole language documents were observed in these folders, they were placed in subfolders for future item-level security screening. Folders containing records predominantly in French have not been screened. [No Security Level] is indicated for these folders in TRIM, and Not Yet Screened has been written on these folders.

The Winthrop Group, Inc., carried out archival processing on AG-068 from October 2012 to May 2013.

Fonds consists of the following Series:
S-1880 Human rights - Investigation and verification
S-1879 Prisons and Corrections Services
S-1878 Human resources – Health, welfare – Medical team regional visits
S-1877 Public Information and Communications
S-1876 Judicial and Legal Systems
S-1875 Legal
S-1874 Human Rights
S-1873 Military
S-1872 Head of Mission
S-1870 Elections
S-1867 Law Enforcement

International Civilian Support Mission in Haiti (MICAH)

Human rights - Investigation and verification

International Civilian Mission in Haiti, OAS/UN (MICIVIH)
S-1880 consists of case files for human rights violations investigated by MICIVIH Human Rights Observers stationed at bases throughout Haiti from 1993 to 2000. The case files are arranged geographically by base, and then by number. A three-letter series prefix indicates the base. Each series of case files is accompanied by lists of case numbers with the name of the victim, date, location, and type of human rights violation. Violations and incidents investigated include: cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment; torture; murders and shootings; rape; illegal arrest, detention and imprisonment; illegal house searches; destruction of property; false criminal accusations; excessive use of force by members of the Haitian National Police (HNP); intimidation and death threats; extortion; threats to freedom of speech and association; popular justice killings; marronage (hiding); and land conflicts.

The case files for some series consist of a brief intake or incident reporting form, with basic facts about the incident and victim. In other series, the case files contain documentation about the case, compiled by MICIVIH Observers, such as: memoranda drafted by Observers, statements submitted by the victim, correspondence about the incident from various Haitian authorities; assessment reports about the victim prepared by MICIVIH’s Medical Unit, and photographs of the victim’s injuries.

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