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UN calls for support for international force for Haiti

The particular UN Mission in the country, BINUH , has also continued efforts to advance political dialogue.   “Further compounding the plight of the millions living amidst this violence is the devastating economic situation, with all main roads in and out of the capital below gang control, stymieing industry, ” she said, speaking from the capital, Port-au-Prince.  

Terrorizing nearby communities 

“These three strategies in parallel will be necessary to restoring order, public confidence, and the hope that the country’s tomorrow can be better. Haitians deserve no less. ”  “It is time to step up and turn the current crisis directly into an opportunity for Haiti to bounce back stronger, ” the lady added.   The insecurity has fueled the resurgence of cholera, increased food insecurity, sparked massive displacement and disrupted the training of thousands of children.  

Step up now 

“Some effective operations against the gangs in Port-au-Prince have been mounted but holding these security gains continues to be a challenge.   The HNP needs support in the form of a specialized drive, as outlined in the Secretary-General’s letter of 8 Oct, ” she stated.   Gangs also are using killings and rapes to terrorize and subjugate whole towns.  

Killings and kidnappings 

On the political front, Ms. La Lime green said Haitians have welcome a Council resolution, used unanimously in October, that establishes the sanctions regime targeting gang leaders plus their backers.   Furthermore, the force continues to shrink.   Rising attrition has decreased operational strength to under 13, 1000 personnel , with fewer than 9, 1000 available because active-duty officers.   Addressing the Security Council , Ms. Mohammed underlined the UN Secretary-General’s call for support to the Haitian National Police, as set out in a letter to ambassadors in October.    

Shrinking police force 

Civil culture groups have developed a ‘National Consensus document’ that includes actions for moving to polls within an 18-month timeframe.   Ms. La Lime told the Council that a number of Haitian interlocutors who support the sanctions see all of them as a crucial tool within combatting corruption and impunity.   Despite Authorities investment,   the Haitian National Police (HNP) “continues to be under-resourced and insufficiently equipped to address the scale of the task ahead, ” she said.

Political developments 

Haiti has been immobilized by gang violence, which is obstructing the freedom of movement of people, goods plus humanitarian aid.   “Nonetheless, sanctions is going to be most effective as part of a comprehensive approach: that includes both the on-going political dialogue; and enhanced operational security support to the HNP, as outlined in the Secretary-General’s letter, ” she mentioned.   Briefing the Council, UN Special Representative in Haiti, Helen La Lime green, said 280 people were murdered there last month – the highest on record.   Reported kidnappings have surpassed 1, 200 this year, or even double the 2021 number.   “There are many other crises around the world. But very few crises, in the event that any, test our commitment plus values like the one that we have been witnessing in Haiti, ” said Ms. Mohammed.   “I urge every country with the capacity to do so in order to give urgent consideration to the Haitian Government’s request for an international specialized armed force to assist restore security and relieve the humanitarian crisis, ” she stated .   “Close to half the people are food insecure, with some 20, 000 people facing famine-like conditions. ” 

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