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Haiti - FLASH : BINUH alarmed by the increase of more than 28% in violence in the 1st quarter
10/05/2023 09:14:15

Haiti - FLASH : BINUH alarmed by the increase of more than 28% in violence in the 1st quarter
During the first quarter of 2023, gang violence has increased in frequency and intensity. Cases of murders, injuries and kidnappings increased by more than 28% compared to the previous quarter. Many medical facilities have closed and schools are currently being used as bases by gangs.

"Haiti needs immediate assistance to counter the increase in violence by armed gangs and to develop its police force", observes Maria Isabel Salvador, the new Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations and Chief and Head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH). She stresses "the urgent need for the deployment, authorized by the Security Council, of a specialized international force".

In their latest quarterly report https://www.haitilibre.com/docs/rapport_trimestriel_droits_de_lhomme_-_q1_2023-EN.pdf on human rights, covering the period from January to March 2023, BINUH and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) documented attacks of extreme cruelty against the population, resulting in at least 1,634 victims who were killed, injured or abducted compared to 674 victims in the same period in 2022 .

All neighborhoodsof the capital, including neighborhoods previously considered safe, as well as the Artibonite department are now affected. Sexual violence continues to be used by gangs as a weapon to terrorize, punish and subjugate populations.

In some cases, gang members broke into areas and shot on sight to kill as many people as possible. Young boys and girls have also been victims of stray bullets while they were in their classroom or at home. At least 42 children were killed, injured or abducted during the reporting period. The report also documents incidents in which gangs used “snipers” to indiscriminately target people on the streets or their homes. Other people were burned to death on public transport.

The report also highlights the resurgence of acts of lynching against suspected gang members by groups of individuals. Messages broadcast by some personalities on social media or on the radio also called on citizens to arm themselves to respond to gang violence.

The violence only increases. In April 600 people were killed https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-39491-haiti-flash-violence-in-haiti-leaves-more-than-600-dead-in-april-alone.html during a new wave of extreme violence that affected several neighborhoods of the capital, including Cabaret, Cité Soleil and Pétion Ville. Some people were mutilated or had their throats slit, while at least 49 women were victims of gang rapes in the commune of Cité Soleil alone.

Download the BINUH report (PDF in English 8 pages) : https://www.haitilibre.com/docs/rapport_trimestriel_droits_de_lhomme_-_q1_2023-EN.pdf

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