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Weekly Report - 07 November 2019 (WR-19-44)

HAITI: Human rights concerns mount

Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse is facing growing international pressure over human rights in relation to the ongoing protests calling for his resignation. Last week the international human rights NGO Amnesty International (AI) and United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) both signalled concern over the use of excessive force by the security forces. With Moïse refusing to step down and the opposition showing no sign of ending the protests which began mid-September [WR-19-40], concerns about the Haitian police (PNd’H) coincide with more general fears regarding security. These follow the departure of the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (Minujusth) last month, effectively ending the UN’s peacekeeping presence in Haiti which began in 2004.

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