Haiti

Haiti needs ‘democratic renewal’ top UN representative tells Security Council

The top UN official in Haiti called Monday for a “democratic renewal” in the troubled Caribbean nation to lift it out of a drawn-out political and humanitarian crisis and put it back on the path to stability and development.

UN human rights office alarmed by ‘attacks’ on judicial independence in Haiti

The UN human rights office (OHCHR) is “very concerned” over recent attacks against judicial independence in Haiti, as the country is gripped by political and institutional instability, a spokesperson said on Friday. 

News in Brief 19 January 2021

  • UN health agency underlines dangers of ‘vaccinationalism’ over COVID-19 
  • Mass protest calls in Haiti, raise spectre of fresh rights violations 
  • UN mourns peacekeepers killed in continuing Central African Republic violence 
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Spectre of unrest, violent repression looming over Haiti, warns UN rights office

Increasing political tensions in Haiti coupled with insecurity and structural inequalities could result in protests followed by violent crackdowns by authorities, the United Nations human rights office (OHCHR) warned on Tuesday.

Violent protests sparked by murder, bring Haiti to brink of instability, Security Council warned

Violent protests sparked by the murder of a high-profile legal scholar are threatening to push Haiti into a spiral of instability, Special Representative Helen La Lime told the Security Council on Monday, as she outlined UN efforts to help overcome the impasse engulfing the country.

Haiti’s President urges ‘critical rethink’ to ensure development assistance targets national priorities

Noting the multidimensional consequences of COVID‑19, as well as ongoing political and socio-economic strife in many countries, Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse told the UN General Assembly that today, more than ever, the world needs a multilateral system that performs better through greater solidarity.  

News in Brief 13 August 2020

  • Access to handwashing facilities, key for safe return to schools
  • UNESCO rallies international community to save historic Beirut culture
  • Nearly 3,000 community health workers trained to aid Haiti COVID response
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Haiti needs a strong COVID-19 response to maintain national stability

The UN Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) and 19 UN agencies there have been working together to support a country in the throes of a pandemic that could challenge the nation’s delicate balance of stability, security and development, the head of the Mission told the Security Council on Friday.

‘Humanitarian catastrophe’ looms in Haiti, threatening years of progress as COVID-19 takes hold, ECOSOC group says

The COVID-19 outbreak could trigger a humanitarian catastrophe in Haiti, endangering many years of hard-won progress in the Caribbean nation, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) said on Friday.

UN committed to a ‘brighter future’ for Haiti, as independent rights experts call for more action on behalf of cholera victims

A group of 13 independent UN human rights experts on Thursday called on the UN chief, António Guterres, to “urgently step up efforts” to fulfill a UN pledge to help victims of a nine-year-long cholera epidemic in Haiti that killed over 10,000 citizens.