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...as well as the UN Occupation of Haiti

Crackdown on gangs brings fragile calm
Crackdown on gangs brings fragile calm
1.89MB At the beginning of the year, the Police Nationale d’Haïti (PNH) and the UN Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (Mi- nustah) made a concerted effort to break up the larger gangs based in the sprawling Cité Soleil slum to the north of the...

Insecurity’s hidden hands
Insecurity’s hidden hands
327KB The government has faced its sternest challenge since it took office in early June following a dramatic increase in violent crime and, in particular, a wave of kidnappings for ransom, many of them involving children. ...

Military approach criticised
Military approach criticised
505KB In June, 800 more troops were added to UN stabilisation mission in Haiti, bringing the number of soldiers to a total of 7,500. But with the situation only deteriorating since the UN troops arrived over one year ago, are more soldiers the answer? ...

Gunning Down the Poor
Gunning Down the Poor
980KB Police or ‘police’ – Uniformed men carry out operations in Port-au-Prince and other cities, but no one can ever be quite sure who they are. When rebel gangs overran police stations at the beginning of 2004, they seized not only weapons...

Return of the Death-Squads
Return of the Death-Squads
1.53MB The news from Haiti over the last few months has been unremittingly bad. The interim government – appointed in March in place of the overthrown Fanmi Lavalas (FL) administration – has shown itself to be totally unequal to the challenge...

Armed opposition now part of a new strategy
Armed opposition now part of a new strategy
2.08MB With apparent guidance from the US International Republican Institute (IRI), the anti-Aristide opposition is engaged in a three- pronged strategy to undermine, and it hopes, eventually topple the government. ...

Crack Appears in New Police Force
Crack Appears in New Police Force
2.43MB Drug alert deepens as rocks of crack cocaine are found on sale in Cité Soleil. ...

Piggy in the Middle
Piggy in the Middle
2.44MB “The first stage was when the police feared the people. The second stage that we are in now is the police starting to use repression against the people.” ...

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