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Violent repression looming over Haiti, warns UN rights office

The United Nations Human Rights Office (OHCHR) on Tuesday warned that the increasing

political tensions and structure inequalities could result in protests carried by violent crackdown

of authorities. The criminal activities such as gang fights, kidnapping etc. has increased with

total indemnity.

Marta Hurtado, OHCHR spokesperson told journalists that rise in political tensions and

constitutional referendum proposed by the government at the time of election resulted in

worsening the condition. Protestors in return raised concerns of renewed human rights violation

by security forces during the policing of protests as seen in past two years.

According to an OHCHR report the protests started peacefully in July 2018 but with time

became violent and resulted in many violations and abuses of the rights to life, security of the

person and effective remedy. The report also stated there occurred violation of right to peaceful

assembly and freedom of expression. During the time of demonstration, barricades were set up

which blocked the way of ambulances and people from visiting hospitals. This attack made on

health facilities seriously impacted the lives of vulnerable people of Haitian. The protestors also

imposed fees on the movement of people and goods.

The OHCHR spokesperson called on the authority of Haitian to take immediate action so that

such violation and abuses comes to an end by ensuring that the law enforcement officers abide

by the norms, while dealing with the protestors and also ensuring that there is no interference of

gangs with people’s right to demonstrate peacefully. She also pleaded with the Government to take

actions related with the past cases of violation of human rights and ensuring truth and justice.

The OHCHR supported the State authorities on their accomplishment of human rights

international obligation and agreed to work towards the establishment of the country’s office.


Fatima Tuz ZahraThe United Nations Human Rights Office (OHCHR) on Tuesday warned that the increasing

political tensions and structure inequalities could result in protests carried by the violent crackdown

of authorities. The criminal activities such as gang fights, kidnapping etc. has increased with

total indemnity.

Marta Hurtado, OHCHR spokesperson told journalists that rise in political tensions and

constitutional referendum proposed by the government at the time of election resulted in

worsening the condition. Protestors in return raised concerns of renewed human rights violation

by security forces during the policing of protests as seen in past two years.

According to an OHCHR report the protests started peacefully in July 2018 but with time

became violent and resulted in many violations and abuses of the rights to life, security of the

person and effective remedy. The report also stated there occurred violation of right to peaceful

assembly and freedom of expression. During the time of demonstration, barricades were set up

which blocked the way of ambulances and people from visiting hospitals. This attack made on

health facilities seriously impacted the lives of vulnerable people of Haitian. The protestors also

imposed fees on the movement of people and goods.

The OHCHR spokesperson called on the authority of Haitian to take immediate action so that

such violation and abuses comes to an end by ensuring that the law enforcement officers abide

by the norms while dealing with the protestors and also ensuring that there is no interference of

gangs with people’s right to demonstrate peacefully. She also pleaded the Government to take

actions related with the past cases of violation of human rights and ensuring truth and justice.

The OHCHR supported the State authorities on their accomplishment of human rights

international obligation and agreed to work towards establishment of country’s office.


Fatima Tuz Zahra

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