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Haiti: UN Mission Condemns Rash Of Lynchings


Haiti: UN Mission Condemns Rash Of Lynchings In Capital

Facing a new show of disorder in Haiti, the United Nations police force in the strife-torn country has strongly condemned a rash of lynchings that has erupted in the capital, Port-au-Prince, over the past several weeks.

The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) “expresses its very serious concern over this new settling of accounts and firmly condemns these acts of violence which are considered as crimes under Haiti’s constitution and laws, UN Police (UNPOL) spokesman Jean-Francois Vezina told a news briefing yesterday.

He called on “citizens who have participated in these criminal acts” to end them at once.

Violence in Haiti’s capital has been one of the major problems facing MINUSTAH since it was set up by the UN Security Council last year to help to re-establish order in the impoverished Caribbean country after an insurgency forced elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to go into exile in February 2004.

Earlier this month the mission sent out armoured patrols into various districts of the capital in an effort to reduce criminal activity, securing the release of half a dozen kidnap victims.

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