Over 600 killed in Haiti violence in April: UN


More than 600 people died in gang violence last month in Haiti, where the authorities did not have the capacity to protect civilians, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

“Every report I get from Haiti underlines the scale of the suffering and rams home the message that Haitians need urgent support and they need it now,” said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turk.

He repeated his call for the international community to send a specialised armed force to help Haiti’s police and authorities restore order.
The Caribbean nation, the poorest in the Americas, has been gripped by a political and economic crisis since the assassination in July 2021 of president Jovenel Moise.

Rival gangs now control most of the capital, Port-au-Prince.


In its quarterly update for January to March published on Tuesday, — the UN said violence was “becoming more extreme and more frequent (and) spreading relentlessly as gangs seek to extend their control”.

“In the month of April alone, more than 600 people were killed in a new wave of extreme violence that hit several districts across the capital,” Turk’s office said, adding that areas previously considered safe were now affected.

“This follows the killing of at least 846 people in the first three months of 2023, in addition to 393 injured and 395 kidnapped during that period-a 28-percent increase in violence on the previous quarter.”

The report said gangs were using snipers to shoot “indiscriminately” at people on the street and “firing into homes”, and people were “being burned alive on public transport”.