Haiti: Human Rights Situation - Quarterly Report (Q1 2023)
10 May 2023
The number of victims of killings, injuries and kidnappings increased by 28% compared to the previous quarter (October-December 2022), with a total of 1,634 cases reported.
Gang violence extended into areas of the capital previously considered safe, notably Kenscoff and Pétion Ville, as well as into the Artibonite department.
Sexual violence continued to be used as a weapon in the hands of gangs to terrorize and inflict harm on the population, especially women and girls.
“Vigilance brigades” and mob lynching against gang members and common criminals multiplied across the capital.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights conducted his first official visit to Haiti in February 2023. During his visit, he encouraged the international community to support the strengthening of the Haitian National Police, including the urgent deployment of a support force for a limited period of time and under conditions consistent with human rights standards