Haiti: Gang Violence Spike Amid Widespread Insecurity

“In the capital, armed criminal gangs are increasingly undermining state authority and have caused a sharp increase in the number of victims in some neighborhoods,” warned the BINUH.

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“In the capital, armed criminal gangs are increasingly undermining state authority and have caused a sharp increase in the number of victims in some neighborhoods,” warned the BINUH in a press release.

“The police force is currently insufficient to perform the tasks incumbent upon them according to international standards, and the main security force of the country is affected by a glaring lack of funding, training, adequate equipment, and specialized vehicles,” the BINUH explains.

The organization points out that the recent spike in “episodes of violence” occurs in the aftermath of the assassination of Master Monferrier Dorval, President of the Bar of Port-au-Prince, on August 28.

Following the well-known lawyer’s homicide, several fathers and mothers, children, students, lawyers, workers, and entrepreneurs have been assassinated, reinforcing the daily fear in many homes, particularly in the neighborhoods of Bel-Air and La Saline.

Moreover, the BINUH denounces that human rights defenders and journalists face death threats for exposing and denouncing injustices. This, as the organization confirms his rejections at the impunity that “currently enjoyed by members of numerous armed gangs.”

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