International support force needed in Haiti, says UN human rights commissioner

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International support force needed in Haiti, says UN human rights commissioner

The UN excessive commissioner for human rights says a world support force is needed in Haiti to assist finish the gang violence and restore order to the nation.

“I firmly consider that it is very important support the nationwide police, however it may solely be carried out by means of a world support force of kinds that’s time certain … that offers the intelligence, that gives the kind of support that the nationwide police wants,” Volker Türk mentioned in an interview airing Sunday on Rosemary Barton Reside.

U.S. President Joe Biden mentioned Friday that deploying a navy force to Haiti is “not in play in the mean time.”

Nevertheless it’s additionally not “off the desk,” he mentioned throughout his journey to Ottawa.

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The Canadian authorities has introduced it’ll present $100 million in support to the Haitian Nationwide Police to assist the nation restore regulation and order.

“Canada will maintain Haiti in the center of the answer for resolving this disaster…. We’re decided to extend worldwide support for Haiti, together with by means of humanitarian help,” Trudeau mentioned throughout a press convention by the 2 leaders Friday.

Türk instructed CBC chief political correspondent Rosemary Barton he has spoken to the Haitian police in regards to the assist they want. 

“I have been capable of speak to the chiefs, lots of them who’re really eager to do one thing about it. However they want higher tools, they want the coaching, they want the support from the worldwide neighborhood to have the ability to do their jobs.”

MSF hospital quickly closes

Türk visited Haiti again in February of this 12 months and witnessed the violence first hand. He described it as an “completely horrific” scenario. 

“There are snipers, folks capturing at kids, there may be sexual violence, there are killings, kidnappings and sadly ever since I left, the scenario has solely grow to be worse,” he mentioned. 

In lower than three months, 627 folks have been killed by gangs and 365 folks have been kidnapped in Haiti, in response to Türk. About half of the nation’s inhabitants is now in want of humanitarian help.

Police officers take cover during an anti-gang operation in the Lalue neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday, March 3, 2023.Law enforcement officials take cowl throughout an anti-gang operation in the Lalue neighbourhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on March 3. (Odelyn Joseph/The Related Press)

The violence is so unhealthy in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, that medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières needed to quickly shut its hospital in the Cité Soleil neighbourhood.

Benoit Vasseur, MSF’s head of mission in Haiti, mentioned he often sees lifeless our bodies mendacity on the streets of Port-au-Prince.

“One in every of our sufferers received shot in the again, a 70-year-old man attempting to succeed in our services,” he mentioned. In response to Vasseur, MSF’s hospital in the Turgeau suburb of Port-au-Prince noticed greater than 100 bullet accidents in one week.

In the case of what the worldwide neighborhood can do proper now to finish the violence, Türk says it is completely essential to instantly implement the arms embargo. 

“There’s not one single arm that’s produced in Haiti, however there are nonetheless arms flowing into the nation,” he mentioned. 

“I feel there’s sufficient data on the market the place these arms are coming from and who’s transporting them. So I feel that has to cease.”