UN reports more than 200 deaths from gang violence in Haiti | News

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The United Nations Organization (UN) warned on Tuesday of the serious impact that the wave of extreme violence between gangs, which have already caused nearly 200 deaths, has on the exercise of human rights in Haiti.

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According to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, between April 24 and May 16, the death of 96 civilians who would not be linked to any gang has been verified.

In addition, 96 people allegedly linked to these criminal groups have died and there is evidence of 12 missing, 113 injured and 40 kidnapped, although the real figures would be much higher, he said.

Bachelet denounced that “armed violence has reached unimaginable and intolerable levels.” Previously, the media reported cases of beheadings, sexual abuse, burning bodies or murders of minors accused of working for rival gangs.

At the same time, he called for urgent measures to restore the rule of law, and demanded that the political and economic support of the armed groups also be held accountable.



He drew attention to the fragility of State institutions, particularly the Police and the Judiciary, which in his opinion is fueling anarchy and laying the groundwork for the situation to worsen in the immediate future.

He pointed out that the international community should not forget about Haiti and keep it as a priority despite the many and long-standing challenges that the world is currently facing.

In addition to the violent acts, clashes between the 400 Mawozo and Chen Mechan gangs for control of areas north of the capital, Port-au-Prince, have caused the displacement of at least 9,000 people and the closure of schools, health centers and markets. .

Although the violence intensified on the date indicated by the UN, the situation of insecurity has increased after July 2021, when then-president Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in his official residence by a commando of mercenaries, including several Colombians.

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