Haiti: An open letter to the executive, legislative, judiciary and police authorities from the National Episcopal Commission on Justice and Peace
from the National Episcopal Commission on Justice and Peace
21/4/19 - The National Episcopal Commission on Justice and Peace and the Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince, respectfully greet you. Once again insecurity is raging in the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince. In November 2018, several armed groups from different suburbs in the metropolitan area invaded the La Saline area in downtown Port-au-Prince, to kill and maim dozens of people.
The complicity of State authorities with gangsterism is no longer a secret to anyone. The question then arises: How can we bring our Authorities to finally open their eyes, to adopt a more
responsible attitude which is more respectful of the dignity of their fellow citizens, to be more imbued with conscience and real concern for the country?
This report testifies to a situation of rampant insecurity in the capital, especially in the city of Port-au-Prince, in the La Saline area where several dozens of people were killed and wounded
during a large-scale massacre. Justice and Peace vigorously condemns this gratuitous violence.
Too many people were killed or wounded as a result of the violence, and too much material damage is left behind. Citizens, men and women, of this country deserve something else. Your
responsibility as Authorities of the country, is to create the conditions that prevent this kind of events from happening.
In the name of our faith in the God of Life, who created us in his image, we declare with a loud voice: the Authorities of this country must take their responsibility and create conditions that allow people to live with dignity as human beings; they must prevent criminals and assassins from holding the country hostage; they must create the necessary conditions to allow peace and tolerance to reign among the people of the country.
Above all, the Commission insists that as Authorities, you must act with the utmost transparency and honesty. Politics must become a space where capable and competent people organize
themselves to govern the country for the common good and in the interest of all. That's what we expect from you...