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Haiti - Insecurity : The IACHR concerned by the intensification of violence in Haiti
22/02/2024 09:11:33

Haiti - Insecurity : The IACHR concerned by the intensification of violence in Haiti
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) expresses its concern about the intensification of violence in Haiti at the hands of organized criminal groups and calls on the Haitian State and the international community to seek comprehensive and lasting solutions to overcome the humanitarian, political, social and security crisis that the country has been going through for decades.

According to the most recent data released by the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH), during the year 2023, more than 8,400 people were victims of gang violence, including people killed, injured and kidnapped. . This represents an increase of 122% compared to 2022. More specifically, Port-au-Prince accounted for 83% of recorded homicides and injuries.

In particular, according to a report by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), there is an increase in reports of elderly people, women and girls being brutally raped, tortured and kidnapped by gangs. The report also states that sexual violence against women and girls is used as a weapon of war, intimidation, territorial control and domination in areas controlled by gangs. In this context, a total of 3,056 cases of rape were reported between January and August 2023, representing an increase of 49% compared to 2022.

The IACHR reiterates its call for global and lasting solutions to the crisis through a process of peaceful and inclusive dialogue, free and fair elections and the strengthening of security mechanisms. These solutions must integrate the protection of human rights from a gender and intersectionality perspective, the strengthening of democratic institutions, the consolidation of institutions responsible for citizen security and the restoration of citizens' trust in public institutions. .

The IACHR reiterates its call to the international community, in particular to the States of the region and to the agencies of the regional and universal system while respecting the sovereignty and self-determination of Haiti to seek the most effective mechanisms more effective and participatory measures to adopt measures capable of putting into practice the principles of solidarity and cooperation at all stages of the identification, development and implementation of development and assistance actions, including increased food and humanitarian aid, working hand in hand with the country. These mechanisms should also focus on building, supporting and strengthening institutional capacities, civil society networks and public policies, which are essential for raising protection standards in the Haitian state.

Learn more about the IACHR:
The IACHR is a principal, autonomous organ of the Organization of American States (OAS), whose mandate emanates from the OAS Charter and the American Convention on Human Rights. The Inter-American Commission's mandate is to promote respect for and defense of human rights and to serve, in this area, as an advisory body to the OAS. The IACHR is composed of seven independent members, elected in a personal capacity by the OAS General Assembly and do not represent their country of origin or residence.

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