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Haiti - UN : Declaration by France to the Security Council on the situation in Haiti
25/02/2021 14:47:42

Haiti - UN : Declaration by France to the Security Council on the situation in Haiti
Following the presentation this week to the Security Council of the report of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) on the situation in Haiti. Ms. Nathalie Broadhurst Deputy Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations intervened.

Intervention by Ms. Nathalie Broadhurst :

"I would first like to thank the Special Representative, Ms. La Lime, for her extremely enlightening presentation [...]

Mister President,

France observes with great concern the deterioration of the situation in Haiti. We have said it over and over again that the solution to the current crisis is political. And as we know, due to the lack of elections, Parliament has not been sitting for a year already. The Haitian authorities govern by decree and some of these decrees are a source of concern, in particular the one creating the National Intelligence Agency, the one expanding the charge of 'terrorism' or the one which led to the dismissal of three judges, however. irremovable according to the Constitution. I say it without ambiguity, this situation is not sustainable in the long term.

An election was announced this fall and that is of course a step in the right direction. It is also necessary that these polls contribute to a way out of the crisis and do not add to the current confusion. In our opinion, three conditions must be met in order for Haiti to return to the path of stability.

First, minimum security conditions must allow the polls to be held in satisfactory conditions.

Second, the authorities should speed up the distribution of identification cards to ensure the widest possible voter turnout.

Third, an impartial electoral judge must be established in such a way that the results are accepted by all.

A constitutional amendment has also been announced; it is not for us to comment on this process. But we only hope that the driving forces of the country will be able to debate the text, its long-term institutional implications and above all, that it does not result in further delaying the conduct of the various elections.

Mister President,

When it comes to security and respect for human rights, the authorities must do more. I ask the question bluntly: how is it possible today that Jimmy Cherizier is still at large? Those responsible for the La Saline massacres https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-32294-haiti-justice-2-years-after-the-la-saline-massacre-the-legal-file-is-at-a-standstill.html or of Bel Air https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-30084-haiti-flash-overwhelming-un-report-on-the-bel-air-massacre.html must be brought to justice. I also note that the investigation into the assassination of Monferrier Dorval is not progressing https://www.icihaiti.com/en/news-31661-icihaiti-pelerin-5-assassination-of-the-president-of-the-bar-of-port-au-prince.html https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-31905-haiti-flash-assassination-of-me-dorval-killers-and-accomplices-identified.html The fight against impunity must be the priority of the authorities.

Faced with the resurgence of violence, in particular the increase in kidnappings by gangs, the Haitian state must redouble its efforts. The Haitian National Police must see its resources further increase and consolidate and it must be irreproachable to ensure respect for the rule of law.

We have to look at the situation with lucidity: the credibility of institutions is deeply shaken today in Haiti, in particular by the cases of corruption which destroy the confidence of the population. Nearly four million Haitians live in extreme poverty and suffer from food insecurity, as several of my colleagues have recalled. This situation can only increase social divides and tensions.

Mister President,

The work of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and of the entire BINUH team is indispensable, and we pay tribute to her. This work, in support of political dialogue and in matters of governance, is essential.

In conclusion, I wish to reaffirm that France on a national basis, but also through the action of the European Union and the International Organization of La Francophonie, stands more than ever alongside Haiti and the Haitians."

HL/ HaitiLibre

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