Haiti - Social : Protests, the most vulnerable pay the high price
The Office of Citizen Protection (OPC) expresses its concern about the repeated scenes of violence during the demonstrations. Stressing that this situation "prevents the regular functioning of public services and private companies and only plunges the country further into the economic precariousness in which it is located".
In addition, the OPC expresses its indignation at the use of minors in acts of violence recorded on video. The Office recalls that the recruitment or integration of minors into armed groups in violent activities constitutes a violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. "The perpetrators of these unfair acts, in many ways, are criminals because they endanger the future or the development of these young people.3
The latest recorded events including school attacks in the country https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-27998-haiti-news-zapping.html https://www.icihaiti.com/en/news-27996-icihaiti-education-the-ministry-condemns-attacks-on-schools.html https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-27960-haiti-politic-new-alarm-call-from-the-ministry-of-national-education.html come at a time when schoolchildren and students from different universities are in the midst of final exams all over the country, including Port au Prince, thousands of children and thousands of young people are to attend, with bitterness and desolation, a loss of a school year or an academic year for which they have made enormous sacrifices with their parents or guardian.
The right to education and economic freedom are increasingly weakened, the policy takes all hostage with an unacceptable degree of intolerance recalling that : "in a democratic system, the freedom of a citizen begins there where the one of the other ends.
The OPC stresses that The main victims of these events are the social categories without income or low income, living daily or dependent on daily activities : young entrepreneurs, street vendors, small retailers, the unemployed disabled people etc...
In view of this, the Office, in its capacity as National Institution for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights, with an independent status, "recommends to all the protagonists (state authorities and political actors) to show the spirit of opening up to foster a sincere dialogue in the face of the crisis in the country and recalls "that the use of political violence or the promotion of violence should in no way be a lasting solution to political problems. The ideal voice is mediation, dialogue, consultation, the spirit of sacrifice and especially the electoral competitions."
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