UN Security Council urges stop arming gangs in Haiti

UN Security Council Calls for Stop Arming Gangs in Haiti

As the capital, Port-au-Prince, is the scene of demonstrations over fuel shortages, the UN Security Council on Friday adopted a resolution aimed at banning the transfer of small arms and light weapons as well as ammunition to groups involved in criminal activities or human rights violations in Haiti.

The UN Security Council on Friday adopted a resolution from the United States and Mexico that calls on the organization's member states to ban the transfer of small arms to operating gangs. in Haiti without going so far as to decide on an embargo as demanded by China.

The resolution was adopted unanimously.

The text calls on member states to prohibit the transfer of small arms and light weapons and ammunition to non-state actors engaged in gang violence, criminal activity or human rights abuses. Haiti or who support these wrongdoings.

The resolution also provides that the UN Security Council may impose individual sanctions (asset freezes, travel bans ) against gang leaders within 90 days of the passing of the resolution.

If Haiti remains under pressure to initiate a political process that should lead without delay to presidential and legislative elections, a mention wanted by Beijing to ask the UN chief to study, with American countries Latin, the sending of a regional police force to support the Haitian security forces does not appear in the adopted text.

The resolution is limited to asking the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, to study with countries in the region the possible options for strengthening security in Haiti, with a report to be submitted on October 15. Furthermore, it demands the immediate cessation of gang violence and criminal activities.

Police attempt to secure an area of ​​Port-au-Prince near a roadblock erected by taxi drivers protesting Haiti's fuel shortage.

At least 89 people have been killed in a week in clashes between gangs in Port-au-Prince, where prices are soaring and fuel shortages are getting worse, threatening the economy. humanitarian aid, crucial for the inhabitants.

The text adopted by the Security Council finally renews the mandate of the UN political mission in Haiti, called BINUH, until #x27;on July 15, 2023 by slightly increasing its workforce to better assist the authorities.

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