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The American Ambassador to Haiti, reiterated the U.S support to the border police unit, Polifront

Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, In : Security 
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The American Ambassador to Haiti, Michele J. Sison reiterated the United States support to the National Police of Haiti (PNH) and will work to continue strengthen the new Police Unit, Polifront, launched by President Jovenel Moise, back in December 2017, to combat contraband and human trafficking at the border with the Dominican Republic.

Ms Sison also participated a day before, in a ceremony with the International Organization for Migrant (IOM) and representatives of PNH to hand over five veh...

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Haitian President, Jovenel Moise, proceeds with the appointment of the military staff of Haiti's new Army

Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, In : Security 
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"The Ministry of Defense informs the public in general and the press in particular that, in accordance with its commitments materialized in the two decrees of 16 and 17 November 2017, respectively concerning the re-establishment of the Armed Forces of Haiti (FAD'H) and the Appointment of the Acting Commander, the President of the Republic, His Excellency Jovenel Moise, made the following appointments in the Armed Forces of Haiti.

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Haitian government suspends Customs workers' authorization to carry weapons

Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, In : Security 
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The Haitian government has temporarily suspends the authorization of Customs workers to carry weapons as part of there duties. This unprecedented decision comes as the government continues its tense negotiations with post and customs office workers, who have been on strike since last Monday. 

Haiti loses nearly 1 billion gourdes in 5 days, due to major strike across all post and custom offices


In a press note released Monday March 12th,

“The Ministry of Justice and Public Security, hereby info...

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UN Undersecretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations reiterated to President Moise, commitment of MINUJUSTH to leave within 2 years

Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, In : Security 


The UN Undersecretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Binto Keita, arrived in Haiti yesterday, her first visit in the Caribbean nation, to evaluate the progress of the Mission of the United Nations for Justice in Haiti (MINUJUSTH),  a smaller mission, which replaced MINUSTAH in October of last year after nearly 14 years in the country.


During her visit in the Haitian Capital, Mrs Binto met with the Head of MINUJUSTH, Susan Page, as well as officials of all the other UN agencies deployed i...

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Anti-Trump protest forced US Embassy in Port-au-Prince to close its doors on Monday

Posted by AP on Monday, January 22, 2018, In : Security 
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The U.S. Embassy in the Haitian capital closed Monday as demonstrators gathered outside to protest President Donald Trump.

More than a 1,000 people marched toward the embassy. They were prevented from reaching the gates by barricades set up by Haitian police. Officers in helmets and carrying shields eventually fired several rounds of tear gas after some protesters threw rocks at them outside the heavily fortified compound.

Breaking News: Large protest expected in front of US embassy in Port-au-...


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Polifront is officially deployed along the border with the Dominican republic in Haiti's Northern Department

Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, January 11, 2018, In : Security 


The haitian National Police today deployed Its recently created Unit, Polifront, along the border with the Dominican republic, in the northern Department.

This new specialized unit, launched last week by the Haitian President with the Chief of the National Police, Michel-Ange Gedeon was given the mission to secure the border areas; prevent and suppress transnational organized crime; assist the administrative police as needed; collaborate with state institutions (customs and migration); support...

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Human rights organizations denounce the release of 223 prisoners by government Commissioner

Posted by AlterPresse on Monday, January 8, 2018, In : Security 
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The Platform of Haitian Organizations for the Defense of Human Rights (POHDH denounces the release on Saturday, December 30, 2017, of 223 detainees by the government commissioner, Ocname Clamé Daméus, in an interview with the online agency AlterPresse.

The commissioner's action is superficial because it has not been carried out on any basis of rationality, criticizes the coordinator of the POHDH, Joseph Maxime Rony.

"Today, we are unable to know by what criteria these prisoners were released,...

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New UN mission in Haiti announces new strategy to help strengthen rule of law in the country

Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, January 4, 2018, In : Security 
 

The head of the new United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti, known as MINUJUSTH, has said the operation will carry out its work in an innovative in the island nation – complete with an unusually tight timeframe and a bench-marking exit strategy.

Describing what is unique about the mission, the Special Representative and Head of MINUJUSTH, Susan Page, underscored that it focusses “exclusively on the rule of law.”

“The new mandate by the [UN] Security Council is to work with ...

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Funeral of Reverend Father Joseph Simoly, assassinated in Port-au-Prince last week

Posted by Lenouvelliste on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, In : Security 


The funeral of the Reverend Father Joseph Simoly, murdered December 21, 2017 in front of his residence on the road of Brothers, at the age of 54, was sung this Saturday, December 30 at the Transitional Cathedral of Port-au-Prince by the Cardinal Chibly Langlois in front of an audience composed of the Episcopal 
bishops, parliamentarians, representatives of the organizations of defense of the human rights and leaders of political parties. His body was exposed in the archbishop's chapel. Sunday ...

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Haitian President launches new Police unit, POLIFRONT, to monitor border with Dominican Republic

Posted by LeNouvelliste on Thursday, December 28, 2017, In : Security 
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The head of state, in whistleblower mode, did not mince his words to shower smugglers. " Many people, many authorities, many big merchants, small merchants are smuggling." To hear Jovenel Moïse, the border is porous and deserves careful monitoring.

Hence the need for him to have a border police unit. This specialized body, says Jovenel Moïse, is important for the future of the country. "The state must enforce the country's customs code, fight against drug trafficking, weapons, human traffick...

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Haiti's Police chief launches new unit to combat child trafficking at the border

Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, December 27, 2017, In : Security 
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Haiti's police Chief, Michel-Ange Gedeon is in the border city of Ouanaminthe today, to launch the recently created unit within the Haitian National Police (PNH) that will have the mission to combat child trafficking at this border town. The unit will comprise of 100 officers as well as a numbers of drones.


Every year thousands of Haitian children are trafficked. They usually are the street children, who have nowhere to go after fleeing abuse or being abandoned by their parents and, those who ...

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Well known catholic priest in Haiti, died after being shot several times during robbery

Posted by Lenouvelliste on Friday, December 22, 2017, In : Security 
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Father Joseph Simoly, well known in the Catholic community, was attacked yesterday,  by three armed individuals riding a motorcycle on Routes Frères (Pétion-Ville town) not far from his home. Rushed to the Haitian Community Hospital (HCH), the victim, who received several bullets, did not survive his injuries.

According to the national police, Father Joseph Simoly had just made a transaction in a commercial bank before being the target of these three armed individuals who would have had time...

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More than 1.000 new Haitian Police officers sworn in Monday

Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, In : Security 
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More than 1.000 new Police officers on Monday, December 18th, graduated from the Haitian National Police Academy. Bringing the capacity of the Police force to over 15.000 men strong.

The head of the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH), Susan Page, was among the dignitaries who attended the ceremony. MINUJUSTH  gave itself the mission to assist Haitian authorities, especially the police in the areas of human rights and rule of law. Its mandate was approved in October...

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In Travel Warning Update, US cautions americans to consider the risks of traveling to Haiti

Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, December 8, 2017, In : Security 
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The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risks of traveling to Haiti due to its current security environment and lack of adequate medical facilities and response. This is an update to the Travel Warning issued on September 12, 2017.  

Kidnapping remains a threat, and armed robberies and violent assaults reported by U.S. citizens have risen in recent years. Do not share specific travel plans with strangers. Be aware that newly arrived travelers are targeted. Arrange...

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Breaking News: Police officer involved in a robbery in Haiti where a woman pregnant with twins was shot 5 times

Posted by hougansydney.com with Lenouvelliste on Thursday, December 7, 2017, In : Security 





Many in Haiti are left in utter shock, after the video of an aftermath of a brutal  robbery in the neighborhood of Bourdon that had just happened, was posted on Facebook.

On the video posted on Facebook yesterday, we see a red Hyundai SUV with a bullet impact in the middle of the side window, driver side. The voiceover, that of a resident, reveals that a man and a woman have received several bullets. He spoke of an "enraged attack". Around him, the echo of a conversation of witnesses still sho...

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Canada warns its citizens to avoid travelling to some parts of Haitian capital

Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, In : Security 
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The Canadian government has updated its travel advisory for Haiti, warning Canadian citizens to avoid non-essential visits to parts of the capital Port-au-Prince.

"Be very cautious in Haiti because of high crime rates in various parts of the country and persistent political tensions.

Avoid non-essential travel in the neighborhoods of Martissant, Carrefour, Bel Air and Cité Soleil, in the Port-au-Prince region, as the security situation is particularly unstable and dangerous.

These areas continu...

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The United Nations is investigating the death of one of its civil guards in Haiti

Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, In : Security 
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An agent of the Civil guard deployed in the framework of the UN Mission of Support for Justice in Haiti (MINUJUSTH) has died on Monday for causes that are being investigated in the Caribbean country.


“Our sad goodbye to Pablo, a civil guard who died today when he was collaborating in the United Nations Mission of Support for Justice in Haiti and our condolences to his friends.” Rest in peace, Brother,” lamented the Civil Guard in its official Twitter account.

The agent of the Armed Instit...

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Massive protests call for President Jovenel Moise to step down after restituting army

Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, November 20, 2017, In : Security 

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A series of mass protests took place throughout the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince on Saturday, to call on President Jovenel Moise to step down after he decided to remobilized the disbanded Haitian Army after 22 years.


The protests came on the day the Haitian President officially re-introduced the military with a parade in the city of Cap-Haitian, and a week after a senatorial committee published a damning 686 pages report accusing many high ranking officials in the cabinet of the president, ...


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Thousands of students in Cap-Haitian protest revival of army because government cannot even pay teachers

Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, In : Security 
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Thousands of public school students took to the streets of Cap Haitian earlier today, and blocked the entrance of Haiti's second largest city, to protest the recent announcement of president Jovenel Moise to launched the reform of the destituted army in the historic city, on November 18th, on the 214 years anniversary of the Vertieres Battles; the last battle that resulted in Haiti's independence and took place in Cap Haitian.

The students were demanding that the government pays teachers who h...

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Two Police officers killed and four wounded during raid in impoverished neighborhood in Port-au-Prince

Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, In : Security 
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Two police officers were killed and four others were seriously wounded by bullets during an operation launched Monday in Martissant, one of the poorest areas of Port-au-Prince, confirmed the Haitian National Police (PNH) Spokesman for the West Department, Jean Ismagne Auguste.

The Police has not yet released the number of civilians injured, but has indicated that some 31 suspect were apprehended as part of this operation to restore peace in an area where the population lives under the constant...

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Haiti imposes visa restrictions on citizens from Dominican Republic, Cuba, China, Colombia and Panama

Posted by hougansydney.com on Saturday, June 24, 2017, In : Security 
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 All foreigners from the Dominican Republic, Cuba, China (Peking), Colombia and Panama who wish to visit Haiti are from now on required to obtain a visa before their arrival in the territory.

This was informed by the Immigration and Emigration Directorate of the Haitian Ministry of the Interior.

"However, if they are holders of a US, Canadian or Schengen visa, this procedure can be dispensed with," says the note that threatened with sanctions provided by law in the matter to anyone who violates...

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Chilean navy ship sets sail for Haiti to repatriate peacekeeping personel and materials

Posted by hougansydney.com on Sunday, June 11, 2017, In : Security 

CHILE: "Sgt. Aldea" sets sail to close peace mission in Haiti
Earlier today, from  the city of Valparaíso, sailed the multipurpose vessel LSDH-91 "Sargento Aldea" of the chilean Navy, with the objective to bring back to Chile the last 53 troops that were part of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), as well as vehicles, equipment and other materials used in the peace mission that the country ends in the Caribbean nation.

After 13 years of presence in the Minustah, Chile culminates its total retirement from that country, after dif...

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Climate of growing insecurity clouds over Haitian Capital, Port-au-Prince

Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, In : Security 
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A climate of growing insecurity clouds the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, after a recent strings of armed robberies and violent murders of policemen and regular citizens, with the most recent being the shocking assassination of a recently graduated, 32 years old female Doctor.


Dominique Viau, sister of Mario Viau, the CEO of one of the most popular Radio/TV stations in the capital Radio Tele Signal, was assassinated Monday in broad day light, in the district of Delmas, with a gun shot in the ...

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Haiti's Minister of Foreign Affairs reassures Dominican Republic that border security won't weaken after departure of MINUSTAH

Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, April 28, 2017, In : Security 
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At his address during the ceremony of delivery of 11,593 passports to undocumented Haitian citizens in the Dominican republic, Haiti's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonio Rodrigue rejected the notions that a "mass influx" of Haitian nationals into the Dominican Republic will take place after the complete withdrawal of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti ( MINUSTAH). Rodrigue said that such a scenario is not possible, because the Haitian National Police guarantees the security o...

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Haiti wants to have Its own army "urgently" after the departure of U.N Stabilization Mission

Posted by AP on Thursday, April 20, 2017, In : Security 

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heir heads held high and chests puffed out, a group of nearly 100 Haitian men in camouflage fatigues do jumping jacks or march around an abandoned U.N. compound on a recent morning. But after a few drills, they seek shelter from the blazing sun in the absence of anything else to do.

As U.N. military peacekeepers prepare for a full exit from this Caribbean nation, this small engineering corps is the first wave of Haiti's efforts to try and revive a military force some 22 years after a national...


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Chile extends the stay of some of its soldiers in Haiti for two more months

Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, In : Security 
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The chilean Senate yesterday, has authorized the extension of a limited number of Chilean peacekeepers in Haiti to secure the transfer of machinery, vehicles and heavy equipment from the definitive withdrawal of the military contingent.

According to information released today by the Senate, the letter approved by the Senate extends the stay in Haiti of three officers and 55 Chilean soldiers, about 10% of the total contingent, until June 30, two months more than the originally established term....

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Chilean and Uruguayan troops have began withdrawal process from Haiti

Posted by hougansydney.com on Sunday, April 16, 2017, In : Security 


Chilean  and Uruguayan troops that participated in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti have began the withdrawal process, after 13 years of service in the Caribbean island.

The departure of the Chilean troops was announced late last month by Chile's President, Michele Bachelet  during a one day trip to the Haitian Capital. On that occasion, Bachelet said that she believed that the chilean troops had succeed in their mission which started more than a dozen years ago. 

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UN voted Thursday to officially end peacekeeping mission in Haiti after 13 years

Posted by AP on Friday, April 14, 2017, In : Security 
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The United Nations Security Council on Thursday agreed to shut down the peacekeeping mission in Haiti after 13 years and replace it with a smaller police-only force. Acting on the recommendations of the Secretary-General, the Council also made a decision to establish a successor operation, the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH), which would be mandated to assist the Haitian Government to strengthen rule of law institutions, further support and develop the National...

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The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti since 2004, will be over in the next six months

Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, In : Security 
 

The UN Stabilization Mission for Haiti ( MINUSTAH ) will conclude its work in six months thanks to the general improvement of the conditions in the country, the head of the mission told the UN Security Council today.

Sandra Honoré said that in the 13 years of MINUSTAH's presence, the Caribbean country has made significant progress towards stability, so it is time to adjust the collaboration between the international community, the UN and Haiti. 

However, she stressed that there are still poli...

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General Coordinator of the National Commission for the fight against drugs, installed

Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, In : Security 
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The Secretary General of the Prime Minister, Hugues Joseph, on behalf of Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant, on Monday set up the General Coordinator of the National Commission for the Fight against Drugs (CONALD), Major Lener Renaud, Replacing Colonel Antoine Atouriste in this post.

The Secretary General of the Office of the Prime Minister stressed the challenges facing the new CONALD General Coordinator and the challenge he faces: the fight against drugs. Indeed, our country must strengthen i...

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Head of MINUSTAH said UN support in Haiti still needed to "secure the transition"

Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, In : Security 


The Head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Sandra Honore, speaking before the Security Council at the UN Special meeting today to discuss the departure of the UN forces in Haiti, said that while progress made so far were notable, the UN support was still needed to "secure the transition."


"The Haitian National Police(HNP), now 14.000 strong, has demonstrated increased capacity in the planning and execution of complex operations, including the securing of the elec...

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Uruguay to withdraw its blue helmets in Haiti April 15th

Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, In : Security 
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Uruguayan blue helmets stationed in Haiti are ready to finalize their mission as part of the United Nations peacekeeping operations in the Caribbean country since 2004. 

UN personnel is coordinating with the soldiers to transport them from the base of Morne Casse to Haiti's Capital, Port-au-Prince, and from there in chartered flight back to Uruguay. 

In addition, the logistics of repatriation of military equipment and implements will be organized, which will be done by sea, National Defense Min...

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Bus fleeing accident, killed 38 people in Northern Haiti

Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, March 13, 2017, In : Security 


At least 38 people have been killed and a dozen more injured in northern Haiti on Sunday, when a bus from the private company Blue Sky, drove into pedestrians while fleeing from a separate accident.

The Blue Sky bus line, is a private company offering long-distance routes; an upscale option for travel in Haiti with modern, air-conditioned coaches.

According to witnesses, the driver initially hit two people killing one of them but, out of panic, fled the scene and crashed into a group of musicia...

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Haiti's President promised to change life of police officers during visit to CIMO headquarters

Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, February 16, 2017, In : Security 
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On Valentine's Day, Haitian president Jovenel Moise paid a visit to the Corps of Intervention and the Maintaining of Order( CIMO) headquarters where he saluted the hard work of the police officers and promised to change their working conditions.

Speaking before hundreds of officers, the president acknowledged the difficult conditions in which the police operates in Haiti, and the lack of social benefits according to police officers. Jovenel Moise told his audience that they have a new presiden...

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The United Nations will soon end its failed 13 years peacekeeping mission in Haiti

Posted by hougansydney.com on Saturday, February 11, 2017, In : Security 

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The United Nations is contemplating a complete withdrawal of blue helmets "in the near future," said the U.N deputy general secretary for operations, Herve Ladsous, during his visit in Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince earlier this week.


Speaking to reporters, Mr Ladsous said that the current security conditions of Haiti do not require the military component of the peacekeeping mission known by its french acronym MINUSTAH.


But he added: "If military tasks are to cease, g...


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Haiti's Police Chief urged authorities to address complexity of violence in populous neighborhoods

Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, February 3, 2017, In : Security 
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Haitian National Police chief Michel-Ange Gédéon said yesterday that he has adopted many new provisions to restore order in the Grand Ravine and Ti Bois districts, which have recently been plagued by violent gangs confrontations, but the head of Haiti's National Police insisted that the government must address the complexity of the violence.

He explained that police are working closely with officials of the UN Mission (MINUSTAH) to curb the phenomenon.

However, the head of the HNP considers i...

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Haiti's Senate President met with UN representative about modification to UN mission

Posted by MetropoleHaiti on Thursday, January 26, 2017, In : Security 
The head of the Minustah, Sandra Honoré, met Yesterday with the President of the Senate, Youri Latortue, about the next modifications in the framework of the deployment of the blue helmets.

The representative of the UN Secretary-General has announced to the president of the major body the arrival of a mission to evaluate the activities of the Minustah. This mission of strategic evaluation, set up by the Secretary General, must define the future configuration of the UN mission.

The Secretary Ge...

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New Haitian parliament sworn in amid unprecedented scandal in the Senate

Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, In : Security 
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Today a new Parliament was sworn in in Haiti, recently elected deputies and senators officially took up their seats, as the scandal over the arrest and deportation of Senator-elect Guy Philippe to the United States, on drug and money laundering charges, continues to make waves and causing unrests in many parts of the country.

The arrest and delivery of Guy Philippe was a very ugly affair for the country." Said Sorel Jacinte one of a coalition of nine senators who have made the reviewing of the...

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20 dead in Haiti after passenger bus and truck collided

Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, January 9, 2017, In : Security 
At least 20 people were killed Sunday in Haiti when a crowded bus collided with a truck.

The horrible accident occurred in the remote north-west department near the town of Port-de-Paix.  Eleven people died on the spot while the other nine died from their injuries shortly after being transported to nearby hospitals in Gros Morne and Gonaives. .

Videos of the accident circulating on Haitian social media shows numerous lifeless bodies laying on the dirt road, as lucky passengers who survived the ...

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Six people killed in road accident in Haiti

Posted by hougansydney.com on Saturday, December 24, 2016, In : Security 
Six people were killed and three were wounded as a truck transporting goods hauled into a ravine, officials said. The accident happened in Anse-a-Pitre, near the border with the Dominican Republic. The three wounded were transferred to a hospital in the town of Fond Verretes, also near the border with the neighboring country, local authorities explained, but they did not specify the state of health of those affected.

Haitian officials have announced recently that a security mechanism would be...

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Haiti's Police chief wants to put an end to the murders of policemen

Posted by metropolehaiti on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, In : Security 
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Haitian Police chief Michael Ange Gedeon is disturbed by the increase in cases of police killings.

In the past two weeks 4 policemen have been killed by armed bandits, including 3 in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area. "We are angry and we can not be inactive, "said Mr. Gédéon.

The Chief of Police announced that urgent measures had been adopted to curb this phenomenon. Concerned, Mr. Gédéon yesterday held a working session with actors involved in the respect of ...

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Haiti hit by 4.4 magnitude earthquake over the weekend

Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, November 14, 2016, In : Security 
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On Saturday, Haiti was hit by a 4.4 magnitude earthquake but there are no reports of deaths, injured or serious damages.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said that the quake occurred at 1 AM local time and the epicenter was in the Southwest part of the country. Some 51 km northwest of Les Cayes and 35 km southwest of Jeremie. 

The quake was also felt in the capital port-au-Prince, where it caused panic in many neighborhoods.  

In 2010, a 7.0 earthquake destroyed much of Port-au-Prince and killed ...

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Four dead and 4 injured after quake-damaged building collapsed in Haiti's capital

Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, November 4, 2016, In : Security 
Four people were killed and an equal number injured during the collapse of a building in downtown Port au Prince

"Four bodies were pulled from the rubble and four others seriously injured were taken to the general hospital in Port-au-Prince." said Wilson Brice, technical coordinator of civil protection.

Brice also explained that "these people were in the building to recover iron bars to resell".


Part of the facade of the building of four floors remained intact, but the interior structures fell.

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Pre-election violence in Haiti continues to grow

Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, In : Security 


The pre-election violence in Haiti continues to grow, despite all the security measures that have so far been taken by Haitian police to guarantee a climate of peace leading to the rerun presidential election in 12 days.

The campaigning caravan of presidential candidate Moise Jean Charles was attacked in La source by a group of individuals throwing rocks and other objects that left the windows of the car transporting the candidate broken and many people injured. 

On September 24, a political ra...

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Climate of tension clouds over Haitian capital, as presidential election nears

Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, September 23, 2016, In : Security 
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A tense atmosphere reigns over the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, as the country approaches Octobre 9. Some two weeks from the date which a widely disputed presidential election must take place, many burning tires could be seen near the Aristide University in Tabarre, completely blocking trafic.

 The U.S Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security, quickly published a note this morning on the evolving situation: "The Embassy has received reports of burning tires on the road near the Un...

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Haitian authorities fear well organized terrorist attack, as presidential election approaches

Posted by hougansydney.com on Saturday, September 10, 2016, In : Security 
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Haitian police and other security forces in Haiti are on high alert and are talking about a potential, well planned terrorist attack during or before the upcoming presidential elections, after Haitian port authorities discovered this past Thursday a large shipment of military-styles weapons, some 30.000 bullets, military uniforms as well as other gadgets, hidden in a truck shipped from Miami.  

Breaking News: 117 automatic weapons, 30.000 bullets from Miami, seized in Haiti


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Sandra Honoré condemns deadly attack of police station

Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, May 19, 2016, In : Security 


The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General (SRSG), Sandra Honoré, condemns in the strongest terms the attack against the Departmental Directorate of the National Police of Haiti (PNH) in Les Cayes, Monday, May 16, 2016, by a group armed individuals.

In a statement the Sandra welcomes the professionalism of the HNP to restore calm and stop the people responsible for this murderous attack against the institution in charge of public safety.

The SRSG and MINUSTAH offer their condolence...

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Gunmen attack Police station in southern Haiti

Posted by Reuters on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, In : Security 
A few dozen gunmen wearing green uniforms attacked a police station in Haiti's southern peninsula before dawn Monday, killing an officer and wounding at least two others before fleeing.

The Haitian National Police said some of the assailants tried to escape in a white van that swerved off a road and tumbled into a ravine, killing three of the attackers. Four men survived and were captured. One gunman died in a shootout with officers at the station.

Octave Jean, chief police inspector in coastal...

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Haiti hold drills to prepare city of Cap-Haitien for major quake and tsunami

Posted by AFP on Monday, May 9, 2016, In : Security 



A school gymnasium fills with hundreds of students seeking shelter from an earthquake and tsunami, with whistles at the ready in case they are trapped by rubble and need to be rescued.

It was only a drill but the exercise Friday is part of the Haitian government's efforts to improve its capacity to respond to natural disasters, six years after an earthquake in the capital Port-au-Prince killed more than 200,000.

Haiti's second-largest city of Cap Haitien is extremely vulnerable, located on the ...

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3 suspects, including 11 years old killed during police operations

Posted by metropoleHaiti on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, In : Security 



The security forces conducted this past weekend several sweeps that netted some dangerous criminals.

The Police spokesman Gary Desrosiers, confirmed that two Martissant gang leaders were killed. Priest Jean the Baptiste was killed in clashes with security forces in the streets Christophe Channel, south of Carrefour. His brother Wilson Jean Baptiste was also killed in clashes between gangs in Mariani.

The brothers Jean Baptiste, known as Leconte, terrorized Martissant 2 residents in the last mon...

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The carnival festivities this Sunday are suspended

Posted by hougansydney.com on Sunday, February 7, 2016, In : Security 



The Office of the Prime Minister of Communication informs the general public and especially all those concerned, that the carnival festivities of the first day, Sunday, February 7, 2016 are suspended in Port-au-Prince, because of complications on the event marking the end of the presidential term the same day.

Prime Minister Paul Evans reiterated his call for calm and reiterates the different sectors involved in the crisis that the country to show responsibility in preserving a serene climate ...

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Musical groups T-vice and Djakout will not participate in the upcoming National Carnival

Posted by Sydney Noel on Saturday, February 6, 2016, In : Security 



Two of Haiti's best known musical groups T-Vice and Djakout, have announced that they will not participate in the next National Carnival which is supposed to take place this February 7, the same date as the outgoing president Michel Martelly is due to leave office.

Since the announcement of the Carnival festivities by the government last month, many question the reasoning behind the decision to organize the national celebrations on a date that will most likely be very intense if we take into c...

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Protests at Labadee forced cruise ship to turn around

Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, In : Security 




Protests against the elections in Haiti seems to new reach heights, today about a hundred protesters on board many small wooden boats have penetrated the usually secured premises of Labadee, the famous cruise port in Cap Haitien.

These demonstrators protesting against the next round of the presidential election, have circled the cruise ship Freedom of the Seas, forcing it to turn around leaving Labadee even before tourists could disembark.


Labadee, a private beach rented to Royal Caribbean Crui...

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MINUSTAH's mandate renewed for an additional year.

Posted by hougansydney.com on Sunday, October 18, 2015, In : Security 


The UN Security Council endorsed this Thursday, October 14, 2015, the report of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, recommending the renewal of the mandate of the UN Mission for Stabilization in Haiti (MINUSTAH) .

A statement from the UN mission's resolution adopted unanimously by the Council, extends the mandate of MINUSTAH in Haiti until October 15th 2016, while maintaining the current level of authorized strength of 2,601 police officers United Nations (UNPOL) and 2370 soldiers.

In its resolut...

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Many countries express concern over reduction of UN troops in Haiti during upcoming elections

Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, May 15, 2015, In : Security 

The representatives of Friends of Haiti countries expressed Wednesday at a meeting of the UN Security Council, their concerns on the reduction of troops of MINUSTAH.

The representatives of Canada, Brazil, Ecuador and Guatemala argued that a viable downsizing requires proper consideration of the situation and the capacity of the Haitian state to ensure the safety of its population. The decision of the States should not jeopardize the gains made since 2010, they precised.

Speaking on behalf of th...

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Haitian government again asks UN not to reduce troops during upcoming elections

Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, May 14, 2015, In : Security 



The representative of Haiti to the UN, Denis Régis, pleaded yesterday during the presentation of the report of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) to the Security Council on the need to maintain troops of United Nations Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) during the electoral process.

Ensuring that the process leading to the holding of elections is on, Régis emphasized the "vital role of MINUSTAH to support the Haitian authorities to establish a secure and stable...

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UN announced reduction of MINUSTAH budget

Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, May 14, 2015, In : Security 



The UN Security Council yesterday received the report of the Fifth Committee on administrative and budgetary matters. The committee considered the draft budgets of nine peacekeeping operations for the period of July 1st  2015 to June 30th 2016.

For the United Nations Mission for Stabilization in Haiti (Minustah) the Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon proposed a budget of $ 386 million, a decrease of 22% compared to the year 2014 / 2015.

In its report the Advisory Committee on Administrati...

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MINUSTAH will withdraw all its troops in 6 out the 9 Departments of Haiti in August of this year

Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, May 7, 2015, In : Security 



 The Haitian Chancellor Lener Renauld, will participate on Thursday in the United Nations Conference on Peace keeping missions.

During the discussions held in Montevideo, Uruguay, Mr. Renauld must reiterate the position of the Haitian government in regard to the judgment of the withdrawal of troops from the UN Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). The troops of MINUSTAH must disengage completely in 6 geographic departments before the legislative in August, 2015.

The Haitian government has emphasized the...

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Suspect in the killing of UN soldier, has been arrested

Posted by Dominican Today on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, In : Security 




A Haitian national suspected of the shooting death of a Chilean military member of the UN peacekeeping force in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has been arrested in his country, according to local  media quoting Dominican Army sources in Dajabón (northwest).


According to reports, the alleged killer of the soldier Andrés Rodrigo Sanhueza, was arrested at dawn Friday by Haitian police and MINUSTAH peacekeepers, along with two others in a mountain in Malfeti, Haiti, where they were hiding.


Sanhueza, who was se...


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Haiti must guarantee safety of Dominican truckers, said Dominican Defense Minister

Posted by Dominican Today on Friday, April 17, 2015, In : Security 



Santo Domingo.- Defense minister Maximo W. Muñoz on Wednesday criticized Haiti’s government for in his view Port-au-Prince’s failure to uphold the agreement to provide security to Dominican truckers who haul freight into that nation.

He said the opposite occurs in the Dominican part of the island where its authorities provide security to truckers from Haiti. "There was an agreement with Haiti authorities to protect transport. They’ve failed on that part."

The most recent incident occurre...

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A UN soldiers from Chile killed during protest in Haiti

Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, In : Security 
A Chilean soldier of the United Nations Mission for Stabilization in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Rodrigo Andrés Sanhueza SotoSOTO, was killed in Ouanaminthe where tension was high on Monday, because of demonstrations demanding electricity.

The soldier was killed when police backed by MINUSTAH intervened to break the national 6. No shots were then heard bursts which also injured a policeman and demonstrators.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Haiti (SRSG), Sandr...

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Club of Madrid asks UN not to reduce its troops in Haiti

Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, March 27, 2015, In : Security 



The Vice President of the Club of Madrid and former President of Bolivia (2001-2002), Jorge Quiroga, conducted a two-day mission (11-12 March) in New York as part of the project "Promotion of Dialogue for Democratic Reform in Haiti. "

According to a statement of the Club of Madrid mission, funded by the European Union. It aimed to advocate a continuation at the current level of military forces of MINUSTAH in Haiti until after the 2015 elections for this purpose upstream of the discussions of t...

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Dominican truck drivers complain of attacks in Haiti

Posted by Dominican Today on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, In : Security 



Santo Domingo.- Dominican Republic’s biggest truckers union (Fenatrado) on Tuesday denounced attacks on rigs loaded with cargo in Haiti, despite agreements between the two countries to protect freight.

The alleged attack is the latest act of violence against Dominican truckers near busy border crossings during the last few weeks.

It said the latest assault took place around 11 pm Saturday, on 24 trucks of its affiliates from the town of Cabral loaded with gypsum headed to a cement factory in ...

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France says it is preoccupied by Haiti post-MINUSTAH

Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, In : Security 
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We need to think, today, Haiti post MINUSTAH, "said Paul Delattre, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the French Republic to the United Nations Security Council last week, when considering the situation of Haiti by the Security Council.

After thanking the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Haiti of his presentation, Ambassador Régis, Permanent Representative of Haiti to the United Nations, the French diplomat said he had carefully studied the report of the Secretary-Ge...

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UN Pick Up truck set ablaze in Port-au-Prince

Posted by HPN on Saturday, February 28, 2015, In : Security 
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A car belonging to the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) was burned, Friday, Feb. 27, at the rue St honored in the vicinity of the General Hospital, says HPN.

The vehicle is a registered pickups A 20874.

The fire was extinguished quickly by agents of the fire brigade rushed to the scene.

The package was committed by unidentified individuals in the group.

Meanwhile, students protesting at the Faculty ethnology to Magloire Ambroise Street, to continue to demand the release of...

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Haitian government annouces new safety measures after terrible national carnival accident

Posted by Reuters on Thursday, February 19, 2015, In : Security 



The Haitian government raised the death toll from Tuesday's electrocution of a carnival float to 18 and said it was exploring measures to prevent future incidents involving overhead high voltage power lines, the Minister of Communication announced on Wednesday.

Most of the dead, 15 men and 3 women, died during a stampede after one of the floats carrying a popular band hit an overhead electric cable causing a sudden large flash that caused a crowd of spectacular to panic. The death toll was pre...

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US embassy in Haiti put out cautionary recommendations to American citizens who will participate in Haiti's upcoming National Carnival

Posted by US Embassy in Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, In : Security 



The US Embassy in Port-au-Prince would like to remind US citizens in Haiti as the official carnival celebrations, will be held this year in Port-au-Prince on 15-16 and 17 February. While these are the official dates, traditionally the festivities begin before that date. You can expect all the disadvantages at the carnival (trafficking gangs "RaRa" random in the streets, road closures, crowd, etc.) will increase with the approach of the official dates. The Embassy urges all US citizens to be v...

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Commercial activities in Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince slowly getting back to normal

Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, In : Security 
The commercial activities begin tentatively to resume Tuesday in Port-au-Prince, on the second day of a two-day strike call launched by the opposition to demand lower fuel prices and the departure of President Michel Martelly .

at Port-au-Prince, public transportation is still paralyzed, but alongside, the government has made available to the public extra buses.

A few private cars were also noticed on the Delmas highway.

But in other parts of the capital, activities are still at a standstill, At...

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Haitian police regain control of the streets of Port-au-Prince after days of violent protests

Posted by hougansydney.com on Monday, February 9, 2015, In : Security 


Following a string of great violence by protesters asking for the depart of President Martelly, in recent weeks, leaving hundreds of governmental and private cars, city buses, residences and public structures vandalized. On February 7th, 25th anniversary of the overthrown of former dictator, defunct Jean Claude Duvalier,tens of thousands took the streets in the capital city Port-au-Prince most protests ended with protesters trowing rocks at the police and the police using tears gas, plastic b...

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Haitian Government asks UN not to reduce its troops in Haiti

Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, January 30, 2015, In : Security 


The Haitian government yesterday asked the United Nations Security Council not to reduce the number of UN troops in the country as the elections approach. The Haitian Minister of Justice made this request while the Security Council ambassadors visited the country's only police academy.

"I invite the Security Council not to reduce the number of MINUSTAH (United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti) during the election process. Rather, it is necessary to increase the quotas of the UN mission" ...

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1128 new officers join the Haitian National Police force

Posted by hougansydney.com on Friday, January 23, 2015, In : Security 



1128 police conducted Friday their official entry into the National Police of Haiti (PNH). Being peacekeepers, they are called now, like many others before them, to put themselves at the service of a community where the "indifference and provocation are never far away." 

On the esplanade of the academy of the police school, emotion is evident on the faces of parents and police officers. The latter, after nine months of physical and theoretical training are to the wall and their arrival coincid...

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