Haiti: Commission Episcopale Nationale Justice et Paix d’Haiti releases report on violence in the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince
from Commission Episcopale Nationale Justice et Paix d’Haiti
3/7/18 - The Commission Episcopale Nationale Justice et Paix d’Haiti, our member organisation in Haiti, addresses the following public letter to the civil, judicial and police authorities of Haiti.
The Commission Episcopale Nationale Justice et Paix d’Haiti, in collaboration with the Commission on Justice and Peace of the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince, respectfully greets you. The socio-political situation prevailing in the country is sending alarming signals, as well as the rise of insecurity and the spectacular clashes among the armed gangs, particularly in the southern part of the Capital, where several people are victims of different ways.
The Commission mentions, in particular, the following events:
- The disappearance of Vladimir LEGAGNEUR, a photojournalist, in the suburbs of Grand Ravine. The echo of the event has gone far beyond the national borders;
- The suicide of agronomist William MICHEL, who in a letter he left behind, expressed his bitterness over the collapse of the State. The victim has always argued in favor of a sound agricultural policy, to lift the people out of assistantship and servile international dependence as it is now;
- The fire that burnt down the Hyppolite market (commonly called 'the iron market’) makes many small traders poorer since they lost their capital assets;
- The police conducted an operation on March 28, 2018, at Palema, a periphery area, in order to recover the body of Vladimir LEGAGNEUR; at the occasion a mass grave was discovered where the bodies of people executed are thrown.
There is an urgency to change the course of the history of the Haitian people, who sink deeper into despair under the weight of serious social problems it is still suffering.
The commission continues to advocate peace through the full respect for the human person in Haitian society.
The Secretariat of the Committee thanks the State Authorities that allowed it to verify some information and data, as the Haiti National Police (PNH) and the Hospital of the State University of Haiti (HUEH). The Commission greets and thanks you for the welcome that you will give to its 66th report on violence in the metropolitan area.