UN / HAITI

24-Jan-2023 00:03:56
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Haiti, Helen La Lime, told the Security Council that gang-related violence has reached levels not seen in decades, reiterating that the people of Haiti are counting on the international community. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 24 JANUARY 2023, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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RECENT - NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior United Nations

24 JANUARY 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Helen La Lime, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Haiti and Head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH):
“Gang-related violence has reached levels not seen in decades. Murders and kidnappings increased for a fourth consecutive year: 1,359 kidnappings were recorded in 2022, more than doubling that recorded in 2021, averaging roughly four per day.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Helen La Lime, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Haiti and Head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH):
“This violence is part of well-defined strategies designed to subjugate populations and expand territorial control. Gangs have increasingly resorted to the deliberate killing of men, women. As young as ten years old have been brutally raped, as a tactic to spread fear and destroy the social fabric of communities under the control of rival gangs.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Helen La Lime, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Haiti and Head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH):
“These measures are creating space for additional political dialogue and necessary reforms. This has been re-enforced by encouraging developments in the judiciary with new steps being taken on both the vetting of judges and the reduction of pre-trial detention levels.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Helen La Lime, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Haiti and Head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH):
“The country urgently needs to see those in positions of influence and leadership – whether at the national, or local levels, and including the diaspora – put aside their differences and do their part for the restoration of legitimate state institutions.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Helen La Lime, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Haiti and Head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH):
“Haitians overwhelmingly want this assistance so they can go about their daily lives in peace. The population is living in fear and are all too conscious of the limitations of the police force. In this month of remembrance, the people of Haiti are counting on you.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (French) Antonio Rodrigue, Permanent Representative of Haiti to the United Nations:
The storing of a security climate in the country remains an emergency measure for the country. It is now more than ever necessary and urgent to have a robust short-term solution so as to restore security and make a safe and stable situation. This is a prerequisite for the conditions which will enable us to move forward.”
14. Wide shot, Security Council
15. SOUNDBITE (French) Antonio Rodrigue, Permanent Representative of Haiti to the United Nations:
“It is our obligation to act fast. We welcomed the efforts made by members of the Council on this situation in Haiti, and we'll take advantage of this opportunity to encourage you to do more, as to have a consensus regarding the appeal launched on 7 October 2022 by the government to the international community. The appeal haS to do with an immediate deployment of international specialized force, so as to help the Haiti National Police fight the gangs. This is an imperative right now. If we overcome the gangs, we will restore order and peace.”
16. Wide shot, Security Council
17. Wide shot, Council member observing a minute of silence for the passing of Gabon’s Foreign Minister Michael Moussa Adamo
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The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Haiti, Helen La Lime, told the Security Council that gang-related violence has reached levels not seen in decades, reiterating that the people of Haiti are counting on the international community.

Speaking to the Council today (24 Jan) in New York, Lime said that January is a bitter-sweet month for Haiti as celebrations of independence are accompanied by painful remembrance of the devastating earthquake, which, on 12 January 2010, ravaged the capital, killed hundreds of thousands and displaced thousands more.

On the situation in the country, the Special Representative said, “Murders and kidnappings increased for a fourth consecutive year: 1,359 kidnappings were recorded in 2022, more than doubling that recorded in 2021, averaging roughly four per day.”

She noted that forthcoming reporting by United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH), with OHCHR, has established that turf wars involving two gang coalitions, namely the G9 coalition and G-Pep, reached unprecedented levels in several neighborhoods of Cité Soleil.

Lime said, “The violence is part of well-defined strategies designed to subjugate populations and expand territorial control. Gangs have increasingly resorted to the deliberate killing of men, women. As young as ten years old have been brutally raped, as a tactic to spread fear and destroy the social fabric of communities under the control of rival gangs.”

The Special Representative listed two key developments – if properly supported – can help chart a path back to accountability, the rule of law, and the restoration of democratic institutions.

She said that the first development was driven by the members of this Council, namely the unanimous adoption of Resolution 2653 establishing sanctions measures on those supporting criminal activities and violence involving armed groups.

She said, “These measures are creating space for additional political dialogue and necessary reforms. This has been re-enforced by encouraging developments in the judiciary with new steps being taken on both the vetting of judges and the reduction of pre-trial detention levels.”

The second development took place on 21 December 2022 with the signing, by a broad spectrum of political figures, CSOs, religious authorities, trade unions, and the private sector, of the ‘National Consensus Agreement for an Inclusive Transition and Transparent Elections’.

Lime reiterated, “The country urgently needs to see those in positions of influence and leadership – whether at the national, or local levels, and including the diaspora – put aside their differences and do their part for the restoration of legitimate state institutions.”

The Special Representative concluded, “Haitians overwhelmingly want this assistance so they can go about their daily lives in peace. The population is living in fear and are all too conscious of the limitations of the police force. In this month of remembrance, the people of Haiti are counting on you.”

Haitian Ambassador Antonio Rodrigue also spoke at the Council. He said, “The storing of a security climate in the country remains an emergency measure for the country.”

He reiterated that “it is now more than ever necessary and urgent to have a robust short-term solution so as to restore security and make a safe and stable situation. This is a prerequisite for the conditions which will enable us to move forward.”

Ambassador Rodrigue also said, ”we welcomed the efforts made by members of the Council on this situation in Haiti, and we'll take advantage of this opportunity to encourage you to do more, as to have a consensus regarding the appeal launched on 7 October 2022 by the government to the international community. “

He added, “The appeal has to do with an immediate deployment of international specialized force, so as to help the Haiti National Police fight the gangs. This is an imperative right now. If we overcome the gangs, we will restore order and peace.”

At the beginning of the meeting, Council member observed a minute of silence for the passing of Gabon’s Foreign Minister Michael Moussa Adamo.
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