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UN Warns of Unrest, Violent Repression Looming Over Haiti

The United Nations human rights office warned on Tuesday that increasing political tensions in Haiti coupled with insecurity and structural inequalities could result in protests followed by violent crackdowns by authorities.

According to the office of OHCHR, criminal activities, such as kidnappings, gang fights and widespread insecurity have increased, with “almost total” impunity.

OHCHR spokesperson Marta Hurtado told reporters at a regular briefing in Geneva that added to the volatile mix is resurging political tensions over the timing and scope of elections and a constitutional referendum proposed by the government.

“Calls for mass protests have been growing,” she said.

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