Departure of the Indian peacekeepers after 11 years of supporting the Haitian police
A total of 126 officers from the India's Formed Police Unit (FPU) of the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH) left Haiti on Sunday 21 July, following the closing of operations of the last Indian contingent in the Caribbean country. The remaining 14 Indian officers will depart on 3 August, ending 11 years of continuous presence of Indian police on the Haitian territory in support of the Haitian National Police (HNP), since the arrival of their first contingent as part of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) in 2008.
The Indian policemen boarded the airplane that took them back home to reunite with their families and friends after a year of service in support of their HNP colleagues. The departure of the 140 police officers from this unit, who arrived in August 2018 and were deployed in Port-au-Prince, is part of the gradual withdrawal of the last four formed police units from MINUJUSTH before 15 October, 2019, date set by the United Nations Security Council for the planned closure of the mission. This will put an end to 15 years of United Nations peacekeeping operations in Haiti.
The Rwandan, Jordanian and Senegalese contingents will be the last formed police units to leave the territory. Starting 16 October 2019, with a new configuration without the presence of peacekeepers on the ground, the United Nations will continue to support the implementation of the HNP Strategic Development Plan 2017-2021 through the technical and advisory support to the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH).
3,260 Indian police officers standing side by side with the HNP since 2008
Between 2008 and 2019, a total of 3,260 Indian policemen left their countries and families to serve alongside Haitian police in interventions such as law enforcement, joint patrols, checkpoints and the escort of humanitarian aid convoys in areas affected by natural disasters. India is the fourth largest contributor of military personnel and police to United Nations peacekeeping operations, with 6,322 officers deployed in various UN missions around the world (as of 30 June 2019). In total, India provided more than 200,000 military personnel to UN peacekeeping operations over the past 70 years.