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Interactive Dialogue on High Commissioner’s Report on Haiti
October 10, 2023

Interactive Dialogue on High Commissioner’s Report on Haiti

Human Rights Council – 54th Session

Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America

As Delivered by Alexandra Wise

Thank you, Mr. Vice President.

Thank you, Madam Deputy High Commissioner, for your compelling overview of the human rights situation in Haiti.

The United States welcomes your report and shares your concerns about the escalation in violence and the devastating humanitarian crisis unfolding across the country.

The United States remains deeply concerned by extreme gang violence in Haiti, which has blocked the distribution of humanitarian assistance and provision of healthcare and has contributed to the displacement of more than 100,000 people. Systemic and uncontrolled gang violence has also exacerbated political instability, corruption, and food insecurity.

It is imperative that the international community support the expansion of counter-gang operations by bolstering the institutional capacity of the Haitian National Police and by supporting any multinational force for Haiti.

As part of this effort, we need also to work to prevent gang recruitment, support exit strategies for gang members, and assist victims of violence.

Madam Deputy High Commissioner, what actions can we take to address the grave human rights crisis in Haiti and improve access to information?

I thank you.