Haiti: the UN adopts a first set of sanctions, “to suppress gang violence”

This Friday, October 21, 2022, the UN Security Council (the United Nations) unanimously adopted a series of sanctions against the gangs that have been raging in the country for several weeks. This resolution will apply “for an initial period of one year”.

The draft resolution establishing a sanctions regime on Haiti was unanimously adopted on Friday, October 21, 2022 by the UN Security Council. He understands “a targeted asset freeze, travel ban and arms embargo measures”.

In addition, a committee will be responsible for designating “the persons and entities to be subject to the sanctions”, which will apply”for an initial period of one year”.

In the sights of the UN, all those who participate or support:

  • Criminal activities and violence involving armed groups and criminal networks, including child recruitment, abductions, human trafficking, homicides, and sexual and gender-based violence.
  • Illicit trafficking and diversion of arms and related materiel, or illicit financial flows related thereto.

The Council also targets those who hinder “the delivery of humanitarian aid to and within Haiti”but also those who attack “personnel or premises of UN missions and operations” or who provide “support for such attacks”.

The text of the resolution mentions the name of Jimmy Cherizier (nicknamed “Barbecue”), who would be the brain of a federation of gangs organized in Haiti, called “Family G9 and allies”.

Cherizier has committed acts threatening the peace, security and stability of Haiti, planned, directed or committed acts that constitute serious human rights abuses.

The vote on these sanctions comes in the context of a major crisis in Haiti, where “Endemic gang violence and widespread popular unrest have worsened an already dire humanitarian situation” regrets the Organization.

Added to this is the resurgence of cholera in the country since the beginning of October 2022.

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