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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

UN warns of rising death toll and rights violations in Haiti

UNITED NATIONS ( Associated Press) – The United Nations Human Rights Office on Saturday expressed concern about escalating violence around Haiti’s capital, saying 99 people were killed in recent fighting between rival gangs in the Sitte Soleil district alone. There is information.

Calling by the United Nations Security Council to renew the mandate of the United Nations Office in the troubled Caribbean nation and to prevent the transfer of small arms, light arms and ammunition from all countries to anyone who supports mass violence and criminality. A few hours later the warning came. action.

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UN humanitarian agencies said they were ready to help distressed communities because it was safe to do so, and UN Human Rights Council spokesman Jeremy Lawrence pointed to those threats.

“So far, from January to the end of June, we have documented 934 murders, 684 injured and 680 kidnappings,” he said on Saturday. In addition, “over a five-day period, from July 8-12, at least 234 more people were killed or injured in gang-related violence in the city’s Kite Soleil area.”

He said most of the victims were “not directly involved in the gang” but were targeted by them.

Separately, the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs reported that 99 of the recent casualties at the Cité Soleil were deaths.

Lawrence called on gangs to stop the violence, while also urging Haitian authorities to ensure that fundamental human rights are “put front and center in their responses to the crisis. Strengthening human rights monitoring and reporting.” as well as impunity and the fight against sexual violence must remain a priority”, he said.

The Security Council resolution prepared by the United States and Mexico was approved 15-0 on Friday. It called for an immediate end to mass violence and criminal activities – a point emphasized by China.

“Heavily armed gangs are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their operations, carrying out simultaneous, coordinated and organized attacks in diverse areas,” Lawrence said.

He said that the government has a duty to protect the right to life of the citizens, even from the threats coming from private entities.

UN agencies said some gangs deny access to drinking water and food to control the population, leading to malnutrition.

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US Deputy Ambassador Richard Mills said the new resolution would allow the UN mission to foster political dialogue and strengthen the ability of the Haitian national police to control mass violence and protect human rights.

A year after the unsolved assassination of President Jovenel Mosse, gang violence has turned worse and many Haitians have tried to flee a country that appears to be economically and socially free. Efforts to form a coalition government have faltered, and efforts to hold general elections have stalled.

The United Nations has been on and off Haiti since 1990, and the last UN peacekeeping mission was in the country from 2004 to October 2017. Now the political mission there advises the government of Haiti to promote political stability and good governance.

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