Port-au-Prince, July 2, 2020 – The United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti is concerned about the increase in violence and barbaric acts perpetrated in the neighborhoods of the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince, or attacks on the population, which have intensified in recent weeks, have left at least 6 people dead, and 12 wounded by firearms, resulting in the looting and burning of 70 houses. Serious allegations of rape have been reported. The increase in insecurity and the recurrence of these attacks have also caused an influx of displacement of affected populations towards other neighborhoods, thus aggravating their situation of vulnerability.
necessary in order to protect the population, in particular by strengthening the presence of state institutions and law enforcement in areas marked by violence by ensuring the security of all, and thus allowing displaced persons to return safely their quarters. The State has an obligation to protect all citizens, regardless of their place of residence on the national territory.
The violence committed recently against the inhabitants of Pont Rouge, Martissant, Cité Soleil, as well that those who targeted the populations of La Saline in 2018 and Bel Air in 2019, must be the subject of an investigation. Their perpetrators and accomplices must be identified, arrested and prosecuted by the police and judicial authorities through fair and equitable investigations. It is essential to put an end to impunity which is one of the main factors of violence and destruction of the social fabric. The cycle of violence can be stopped only if those responsible for these crimes are fully accountable, and guarantees of access to justice and reparation are fully provided to the victims of these violations and abuses of rights Human Rights As part of its mandate, the BINUH remains committed to civil society organizations, the Office de Protection du Citoyen and national authorities in order to promote and protect human rights. Haitians.
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