Violence in Haiti left at least 234 dead or injured between July 8 and July 12

Violence in Haiti left at least 234 people dead or injured between July 8 and 12

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is concerned about the worsening violence in Port-au-Prince.

Protesters block roads to denounce fuel shortages in Port-au-Prince.

Gang violence in Cité Soleil, in the Haitian capital, left at least 234 dead or injured between July 8 and 12 alone, making the already very precarious living conditions of the inhabitants of the commune even more difficult. poorest in Port-au-Prince, the United Nations (UN) announced on Saturday.

Most of the victims are not directly linked to gangs, but have been targeted by gang members and we have also received new reports of sexual violence, writes the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, in a press release.

Over the period from January to the end of June, Michelle Bachelet's services recorded 934 murders, 684 injuries and 680 kidnappings.

We are concerned deeply about the worsening violence in Port-au-Prince and the increase in human rights violations being committed against the local population by heavily armed gangs, writes Jeremy Laurence, spokesperson for the High Commission .

“State authorities seem overwhelmed: institutions are crippled by lack of resources, corruption and violence , which promotes impunity.

— Jeremy Laurence, Spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Mr. Laurence can only see that although the Haitian National Police responded quickly and as much as possible, their limited resources failed to stem the violence.

We urge the authorities to uphold all human rights and put them at the heart of their actions in this crisis, he continues.

The fight against Impunity and sexual violence, as well as strengthening human rights and monitoring their implementation must remain a priority, he said, urging officials to immediately end the violence.

Soldiers confiscate fuel containers outside a closed gas station.

Since Friday, bursts of automatic weapons have crackled all day long in Cité Soleil, where two gangs clash.

Along the corridors of slums that have formed there over the past four decades, thousands of families have no choice but to hide in their homes, without being able to get water and food. Some residents are victims of stray bullets.

These deadly clashes between gangs affect all activities in the capital, because it is in Cité Soleil that the oil terminal that supplies Port-au-Prince and all of northern Haiti.

The capital's gas stations no longer dispense a drop of fuel, driving up prices on the black market.

Supporters of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide celebrate his birthday in Port-au- Prince.

For more than two years, gangs who enjoy widespread impunity have multiplied heinous kidnappings and the High Commission notes that since the beginning of June, gangs have also attacked key institutions in Port-au -Prince, such as the Courthouse and the Port Authority.

Faced with this surge of violence, the UN Security Council on Friday unanimously adopted a resolution by the United States and Mexico calling on the organization's member states to ban the transfer of small arms to these gangs.

China, which had unsuccessfully called for an embargo on small arms aimed at gangs in Haiti, considered that this resolution was a warning to them.

Individual sanctions could be taken within 90 days under the resolution against their leaders, the Chinese ambassador to the EU said after the vote. #x27;UN, Zhang Jun.

The text could have been better, he added, but felt it was a good step in the right direction.

The Security Council also extended the mandate of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH), which will strengthen the collective international response to the human rights crisis that is takes place in the country, as well as to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid, underlines the High Commission.

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