Open letter to the Haitian Executive, Legislative, Judicial and Police Authorities

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Our Member in Haiti, the  National Justice and Peace Commission in Haiti, has published its 3 monthly overview of violence in the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince. The synthesis on the first pages is in Creole, French, English and Spanish. 

The report clearly illustrates the serious situation in the metropolitan area, despite an apparent improvement, compared to the previous year. On the other hand, the feeling of insecurity, the forms that violence takes, the inaccessible areas in the city and the proliferation of weapons are worrying. 

For the year 2019, the Commission observed and then recorded, for the metropolitan area of ​​Port-au-Prince alone, 502 cases of people who died as a result of violence. Among them are 43 women, 11 children, 35 police officers and a security guard. From October to December 2019 alone, we recorded 7 police officers who died from assassin bullets in the metropolitan area of ​​Port-au-Prince. The poor working conditions of police officers in the country are no secret to anyone.

The police stations are ill-equipped logistically, apart from the other poor working conditions which are theirs. It should be noted that, during the so-called “lock country” period (October and November 2019), several hundred police officers organized two large demonstrations to demand the right to create a union inside the police institution in order to defend their right as a police officer.