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The United Nations welcomes the appointment of a judge on the PetroCaribe scandal and challenges Haitian authorities on other issues

Posted by Lenouvelliste on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Under: Diplomacy
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The United Nations Mission in Support of Justice in Haiti (MINUJUSTH), in a statement, welcomes the appointment of judges to hear PetroCaribe complaints filed by individuals in the Port-au-Prince Court of First Instance on 29 January and 20 February 2018. The UN mission also calls on the Haitian authorities to appoint judges to investigate the files of Lilavois and Grand-Ravine.

"I welcome the initiative and the active role of Haitian citizens and civil society engaged in the fight against corruption and impunity. Their actions demonstrate that the people stand up for accountability and justice, "said the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and MINUJUSTH chief Susan D. Page.

The Mission regrets, however, that no investigating judge was charged with examining allegations of human rights violations committed by units of the Haitian National Police (PNH) in Lilavois on 12 October 2017, during which at least one person was killed, as well as in Grand-Ravine on November 13, 2017, where eight civilians were reportedly summarily executed, in addition to the two Haitian National Police officers killed. "I call the competent authorities to proceed without delay to the assignment of investigating judges in these two cases, as provided by law," said Ms. Page in the statement issued over the weekend.

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