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UN Urges Accountability for Escalating Violence in Haiti

The U.N. Security Council on Friday called for those responsible for violence in Haiti to be held accountable and expressed deep concern in Haiti “ongoing and protracted crises” including escalating gang violence.

The U.N.’s most powerful body urged all political stakeholders “to engage constructively to address Haiti’s underlying drivers of instability (and) to enable a path towards elections.” Council members also expressed concern at Haiti’s humanitarian situation and called for continued international support for its people.

The Security Council issued the press statement after a briefing by Helen La Lime, the U.N. special envoy for Haiti, who said the situation in the country “remains fraught and highly politicized,” warning that “gang violence continues to plunge major urban centers into lawlessness and grief.”

“Criminal armed groups have a strong hold on the economic and social lives of millions of children, women and men,” she said.

“Their indiscriminate use of abduction, murder, as well as sexual and gender-based violence as a means to terrorize local populations in the fight to extend their territorial control is particularly abhorrent,” she added.

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