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...as well as the UN Occupation of Haiti

Crackdown on gangs brings fragile calm (HB61)
Crackdown on gangs brings fragile calm (HB61)
Download PDF 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...

Insecurity’s hidden hands (HB60)
Insecurity’s hidden hands (HB60)
Download PDF 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 (HB55)
Military approach criticised (HB55)
Download PDF 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...

Gunning Down the Poor (HB54)
Gunning Down the Poor (HB54)
Download PDF 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...

Return of the Death-Squads (HB53)
Return of the Death-Squads (HB53)
Download PDF 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 (HB50)
Armed opposition now part of a new strategy (HB50)
Download PDF 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. ...

Long Hot Summer for Aristide (HB47)
Long Hot Summer for Aristide (HB47)
Download PDF The government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, which came to power with a landslide electoral victory only two years ago, is facing sliding popularity and mounting protest on all fronts. At root of the deepening disillusionment is the continued...

Time for the
Time for the 'Politicians' to Step Aside (HB43)
Download PDF Diplomatic missions have come and gone. Eleventh hour meetings have been boycotted; others have been postponed. Shots have been fired, and stones have been thrown. Foreign development aid has been suspended, and dire warnings have been issued....

A Full House but Nobody Home (HB42)
A Full House but Nobody Home (HB42)
Download PDF Almost one year since elections that returned a Parliament completely dominated by President Aristide's Lavalas Family Party, the political scene in Haiti continues to waiver between farce and tragedy. ...

Death and Confusion - who Controls the Police? (HB36)
Death and Confusion - who Controls the Police? (HB36)
Download PDF The question of criminal and political violence in Haiti has raised a great deal of controversy since the resignation on 7 October of the Secretary of State for Public Security, Robert Manuel, and the assassination, two days later, of former...

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