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Haiti - Security : Haiti among the safest destinations in the Americas
06/01/2013 08:50:09

Haiti - Security : Haiti among the safest destinations in the Americas
Following the recent travel warnings, of United States and Canada, the Primature after having officially protested https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-7547-haiti-diplomacy-official-protest-of-haiti-against-the-united-states-and-canada.html against these two countries continues to disseminate information aimed at demonstrating that these alerts are not only unfair, but that it does not take into account the improvements in security situation in Haiti.

"Haiti is one of the safest destinations; not just in the Caribbean, but throughout all the Americas. This is the general finding of recent studies on crime in the region which show that Haiti has the lowest rate of violent deaths in comparison to previous years," said a statement from the Primature, citing the recent report of the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime USA (UNODC) https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-7543-haiti-security-false-ideas-about-insecurity.html "Haiti's violent death rate of 6.9 out of every hundred thousand Haitians is among the lowest rates in the Americas, and the same as Long Beach, California," indicating that this is due to the strengthening and modernization of the Haitian security forces.

La Primature affirme, que le gouvernement a maintenu son engagement d'augmenter la taille de la Police nationale de 50%, afin de combattre plus efficacement la criminalité. www.haitilibre.com/en/news-7493-haiti-security-the-pnh-now-has-more-than-10-000-agents.html

Besides increasing the size of its force, the Haitian National Police (PNH) is counting on innovative technologies to track down criminals. For example, they were able to dismantle the largest kidnapping ring in the country with the help of advanced software designed by a Haitian official trained at Westpoint (Case Brandt - https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-7042-haiti-justice-case-clifford-brandt-official-clarifications-of-authorities.html )

"A report by Vanderbilt University's Latin American public opinion project noted the Haitian National Police's positive image compared to security institutions throughout Latin America, which are seen as weak, corrupt or inefficient. A recent poll conducted locally for an international agency notes that Haitian citizens are generally more concerned with economic issues such as the cost of living, than with crime.

And, according to the most recent report from the Haitian National Police, in 2012 the murders of American citizens dropped by two thirds – from 6 to 2 - the lowest rate since 2006. The same report notes that kidnappings of U.S. citizens also dropped in 2012 from 11 to 9, "
indicates the statement of the Primature.

The Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe, deplores that the warning issued by the State Department warned U.S. citizens to avoid Haiti as destination, does not take into account the significant improvements in Haiti "The kidnapping and murder of U.S. citizens is extremely rare in our country; we work diligently and closely with the United States, Canada and the international community to fight the proliferation of criminal activities."$

The State Department warning comes as Haiti is experiencing a dramatic increase in the number of foreign visitors. Pointing to statistics compiled by her office, Minister of Tourism Stephanie Villedrouin notes that "in 2011, we welcomed 46% more US tourists than in 2010."

La Primature estime qu'alors "that the rest of the region experiences difficulty in containing violent crime rates, Haiti shows positive trends largely as a result of the strengthening of the Haitian National Police, the incorporation of human resources and new technologies into its anti-crime strategies, and, the establishment of a welcoming political and economic climate."

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