Urgent Action: Protesters at Continued Risk (Haiti: UA 85.19)
June 17, 2019
On 9 and 10 June, thousands of Haitians marched in Port-au-Prince against corruption and poverty, some calling for the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse. Amidst reports of excess use of force by the police, and ongoing protests, President Jovenel Moïse should guarantee the right to freedom of expression and assembly, promptly investigate alleged human rights abuses, and bring those responsible to justice.
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President Jovenel Moïse
1, Rue de la République
Port-au-Prince. Haiti.1, Rue de la République
Email: [email protected]
Dear Mr. President,
As demonstrations continue in Haiti, we call on your government to guarantee the right to freedom of expression and assembly of those protesting.
I am deeply concerned by reports of human rights violations, including alleged extrajudicial executions, by the National Police and Security Unit of the National Palace in the context of the protests on 9 and 10 June. The reported killing of a radio journalist on 10 June is a threat to freedom of expression.
I also welcome the prompt opening of an investigation by the National Police, after a video emerged on social media which appeared to show men dressed in Haitian police uniforms stoning a man lying on the floor.
I call on your government to ensure that police restrain from using excess force, insist that authorities promptly investigate all allegations of human rights violations, and bring those suspected of criminal responsibility to justice.