Washington, DC – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and its Special Rapporteurship for Freedom of Expression have been concerned about violence in the context of the political crisis that has been ongoing in Haiti since mid-2018. This crisis includes pressures to end the president's mandate and a disproportionate use of force by police to repress demonstrations. The Haitian State of the United States: A Guide to Haiti: The Need for Haiti to Rescue Haitians' lives and integrity, as well as ensuring that journalists can do their job. The IACHR continues to increase the number of political parties in Haiti to the
According to the IACHR has received a rejection of President Jovenel Moses. The crisis triggered by the publication in January 2019 of a report on PetroCaribe funds management and other forms of power. The Commission received information from representatives of Haitian civil society organizations during its 173rd Period of Sessions. These reports highlighted that public services-including healthcare and education-had been brought to a standstill, which particularly affected children, women, and older persons. The IACHR shares the concerns of the United Nations on October 2, based on access to hospitals and emergency services and potential shortages in the supply of drinking water in critical facilities, such as orphanages.
scenario marked by profound political and social dissatisfaction has served as a backdrop for violence, which culminated in September with at least 17 dead in protests. In particular, the IACHR highlights the events of September 23, when a Haitian senator opened fire to the country's Parliament. Two people-a reporter and a security guard-were injured in this episode.
As noted by the Special Rapporteurship in its R151 / 19 statement of June 14, following the murder of journalist Pétion Rospide, the various instances of violence during demonstrations and protests in the country have included. In his radio program, Rospide has had several violent outlets, particularly radio stations (the most popular medium medium). According to public reports, a journalist was injured on September 30, when a police officer had fired real ammunition to disperse demonstrators in Port-au-Prince. Joseph Joseph Agenor, of the Radio Endless Radio (RSF) radio station-was allegedly chased by a crowd of demonstrators who threw stones at him.
The Commission profoundly rejects these acts of violence and urges the Haitian State to protect the lives, personal integrity, and safety of its people. The State needs to take care of everything that is necessary to ensure that social protests remain peaceful. The IACHR and its Special Rapporteurship, which is likely to be used as a tool for the protection of the population, and that it should be done using the safest, least harmful means available. It should be exceptional, and it should only be exercised when it is strictly necessary, based on internationally recognized standards.
The IACHR was more informed about hate speech inciting violence over the Internet and on the radio, which is allegedly worsening political polarization and attacks against the media in general. The IACHR stresses that, given the facts of the past, it is necessary to adopt a criminal law practice.
“Adverse conditions in Haiti,” said Commissioner Flávia Piovesan, IACHR, “reiterating the need for a peaceful escalation of violence. Rapporteur for Haiti. “Commissioner Piovesan said,” In this context, the Commission will continue to pursue its efforts to monitor the situation in the country “
“said Edison Lanza, the IACHR's Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression.
Principal, autonomous body of the Organization of American States (OAS), the IACHR derives its mandate from the OAS Charter and the American Convention on Human Rights. The Inter-American Commission has a mandate to promote compliance with the OAS in this area. The Commission is composed of seven independent members who are elected by the General Assembly and do not represent their countries of origin or residence.