UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)
The official description, eligibility, criteria and history of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).
In February 2004 anti-Aristide forces began a march on Port-au-Prince, leading to the overthrow of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. At the new government's request, the UN sent in an interim force to re-establish peace. MINUSTAH followed, with a mandate to re-establish a secure environment, promote human rights and assist in the delivery of humanitarian aid.
Eligibility and criteria
Awarded for 90 days consecutive service between 1 June 2004 to the present.
The UN strictly applies their medals policy and will not consider requests for initial issue of the UN medals that are submitted more than one year after repatriation from the mission area.
The qualifying service is not required for members killed or presumed killed while on assignment. In such cases, the medal may be awarded posthumously.
A circular bronze alloy medal, 1.4 inches (35mm) in diameter, on the obverse, the representation of the UN symbol surmounted by the straight letters UN, both in bas-relief. On the reverse, Inscription bearing the words, "IN THE SERVICE OF PEACE" in English (and only in English).
A 0.5 inch (12mm) bronze ring, which holds the ribbon, passes through a small hollow ball at the top of a claw joined to the top of the medal.
The ribbon bears a central band of blue representing the United Nations bordered by stripes of white symbolizing the promise of peace for the Haitian people, green symbolizing the lush green countryside and economic potential of Haiti and royal blue symbolizes the ocean surrounding the island of Hispaniola.
There is no bar to this medal.
The medal shall be worn in sequence prescribed in the Canadian Orders, Decorations and Medals Directive, and in the following manner:
- on the left breast, suspended from the ribbon described above, after the UNMEE medal and before the ONUCI medal.
The use of a post-nominal is not authorized for this medal.
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