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International News: United Nations Human Rights chief deplores ‘unprecedented scale’ of rights abuses in Haiti

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Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2024. 9:48 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Haiti is facing a severe humanitarian crisis fueled by gang violence.

Today, United Nations human rights chief Volker Turk noted that Haiti is witnessing an unprecedented level of human rights abuses amid a state of chaos caused by gang violence.

According to Reuters, the U.N. chief said that Haiti has recorded a “shocking rise in killings and kidnappings” as well as pervasive sexual violence.

“The scale of human rights abuses is unprecedented in modern Haitian history,” Turk stated.

“The escalation of violence has had a devastating impact on the population. All human rights are impacted,” Turk added.

Violent gangs continue to fight for control of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, attacking police stations and the international airport among other acts of violence.

On March 11, Prime Minister Ariel Henry announced his resignation and signalled that a broad transitional council is nearly finalised and would be key to ending the social and political crisis.

The U.N. human rights office said last week that gang violence had killed more than 1,500 people in the first three months of the year.

 

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