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Haiti - Insecurity : More than 270,000 weapons in the hands of Haitians, the UN concerned
09/02/2020 09:11:13

Haiti - Insecurity : More than 270,000 weapons in the hands of Haitians, the UN concerned
The latest report on small arms and light weapons in the world, from the Secretary General of the United Nations António Guterres, submitted every 2 years to the Security Council underlines that "[...] The destabilizing accumulation, illicit transfer and misuse of small arms and light weapons continue to initiate, sustain and exacerbate armed conflict and pervasive crime. Small arms and light weapons remain a primary tool for armed conflict and violence, and the cross-cutting humanitarian impact of illicit flows remains a serious concern. " specifying that the illicit transfer, the accumulation and the diversion of small arms, ammunition and related material were examined under various aspects during the examination of the operations of Peace of the United Nations, in particular in Haiti.

Extract from the Report of the Secretary General:
"[...] Current crises , including those in Haiti [...] have been aggravated by the widespread availability and uncontrolled flow of weapons. Poor stockpile management, inadequate regulation and cross-border trafficking continue to plague already-fragile settings.

[...] Haiti continues to suffer from pervasive armed violence facilitated by uncontrolled small arms and light weapons in broad circulation. With over 270,000 illicit firearms in the possession of civilians, compounded by illicit cross-border trafficking, crime has reached unacceptable heights [The National Commission for Disarmament, Dismantling and Reintegration in Haiti estimates the number of illegal firearms in Haiti at nearly 500,000 https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-29256-haiti-flash-about-500-000-illegal-firearms-in-the-country.html ]

I welcome the adoption by the Security Council of resolution 2476 (2019), by which it established the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti, with a mandate to provide advisory capacity on gang violence, community violence reduction and weapons and ammunition management.

[...] The establishment of a dedicated unit within the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti to advise on issues of gang violence, community violence reduction and weapons and ammunition management is also illustrative of this trend (see resolution 2467 (2019)). The United Nations, through the Office of my Special Representative for Haiti, is providing technical support to the Haitian national authorities to develop tailored policies and activities on weapons and ammunition management and the reduction of community violence [...]"

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