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Haiti - Social : The United Nations in Haiti seriously concerned...
"The UN Mission and United Nations agencies and programmes in Haiti are deeply concerned by the recent increase in homophobic violence in the country.
The UN urges all Haitians to continue working together towards the construction of a state based on the respect for the rule of law; respect for others, tolerance, individual dignity and human rights.
The UN family takes this opportunity to echo the 21 July statement by la Ministre Déléguée auprès du Premier Ministre Chargée des Droits Humains et de la Lutte Contre la Pauvreté Extrême where she notes that "tolerance, love, solidarity, serenity, and the respect for others, as well as fraternity, and justice for all remain the foundations of a growing democratic society".
All persons, regardless of sexual and gender identity, should enjoy free and equal rights to live in peace and tranquility. The opening words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are unequivocal: ‘All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights’ and find resonance in Article 19 of the Haitian Constitution stipulating the right "to life, health, and respect of the human person for all citizens without distinction, in conformity with the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights".
The UN family calls on civil society and on all key actors including political, religious and community leaders to use their considerable influence to inspire respect for rights and to encourage restraint from expressions of hatred and contempt.
Furthermore, following the unfortunate incident on July 10 https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-9208-haiti-social-regrettable-incident.html the Government of Haiti in a statement rejects the violence against members of the gay and lesbian community and is committed to vigorously prosecute crimes motivated by hate.
"The government of Haiti declares that it will not tolerate any acts of hatred or violence against individuals or groups and that it will vigorously prosecute all offenders. Inciting or conducting any acts of violence against individuals or groups is severely penalized under the nation's constitution and code of criminal procedure.
In recent weeks several lamentable acts of intolerance and violence against members of the Gay and Lesbian community have occurred. These acts have regrettably been carried out by a few individuals who are unrepresentative of the vast majority of law abiding citizens of Haiti.
The government of Haiti is bound by the Constitution of 1987 whose article 19 expressly reads : 'The State has the absolute obligation to guarantee the right to life, health and respect for the human person for all citizens without distinction, in conformity with the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Man.'
Members of the Gay and Lesbian community in Haiti are citizens whose rights are expressly protected by the constitution that guides our conduct as government and as citizens. The law enforcement authorities will do their utmost to insure that all citizens are afforded the protection afforded to them by the laws and the constitution of Haiti."
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