The Inter American Commission on Human Rights was invited by the Haitian government to investigate possible human rights abuses. The invitation comes after the international community condemned violent repression of protestors.
This visit comes after IJDH and BAI presented at a thematic hearing to the Commission in September requesting an in loco, or on-site, visit. Read more about the thematic hearing here
Original article in Spanish here
English translation below
The Government of Haiti announced on Saturday (11/30/2019) that it has invited the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to visit the country following allegations of abuses committed in the repression of several protests.
Haitian Foreign Minister Bocchit Edmond announced – on his official Twitter account – the invitation for the visit to take place in mid-December. “On behalf of the Republic of Haiti, I renew Haiti’s determination and willingness to defend the values and principles of human rights,” said Edmond.
The offer to the IACHR comes after the anti-government protests – which reached their peak between last September and October – have begun to diminish in the last two weeks. The repression of protests against the president, Jovenel Moise, has been condemned by the international community.
This week, the European Parliament strongly condemned “the repression of peaceful protests by the Haitian authorities, as well as the use of force resulting in deaths, and the use of arbitrary detentions, intimidation, harassment and sexual violence ”, and demanded “That the Haitian authorities immediately refrain from the illegal use of force, in particular the use of firearms and real ammunition, against peaceful protesters, and that safeguard the right of people to demonstrate freely and peacefully.”
In addition, Europe supported the “request that a mission of independent experts from the OAS be sent to Haiti for a prolonged period, with the task of elucidating the numerous human rights violations committed in the country and with the objective of carrying out impartial, thorough, transparent and independent investigations.”
The protests began last September with the increasing fuel shortage, but soon those who protested turned against the president and called for structural changes in a society marked by social inequality, corruption and insecurity.