Remarks by DPR Albana Dautllari at the Security Council meeting on Haiti – BINUH

I join others in thanking SRSG La Lime for her comprehensive briefing today. And I would like to express our special appreciation to Mr. Descardes, for giving us a frank account of the situation in his home country and for providing us with some clear recommendations on how to better support the people of Haiti in their struggle for peace, stability, and development.

I welcome the presence of His Excellency, Mr. Jean Victor Geneus, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Haiti, and the Ambassador of the Domenican Republic.

Every UN report, every media report confirms: The security situation in Haiti is deteriorating rapidly. It is indeed desperate: institutions are failing, there is outspread extreme poverty with gang violence escalating to unseen levels, leading to mass displacement internally, and to even more others leaving their country in search of a better and safer future. There is an intolerable lawlessness level: gangs control most of the territory of Haiti outside of Port-au-Prince unleashing their terror onto a population already struggling from natural catastrophes, poverty, and instability. We are particularly concerned about the rise in sexual violence, recruitment of minors by armed gangs, and kidnappings for ransom. Some, speak of a “black hole” in the Caribbean.

In such a desperate situation, it is difficult to establish priorities, because everything is needed, everything becomes a priority. Yet there one on top of everything: restore security, impose the rule of law over the rule of gangs. Haiti and its people cannot continue be subject to the law of the street.

National Police must be strengthened, assisted, trained and professionalized in order to address the violence and to fight back against organized crime. Urgent measures are needed to guarantee law enforcement and improve judicial institutions.

It is the responsibility of the Government of Haiti to protect its people, but as the reality reveals, they cannot do it alone. The international community should stand ready to hear their plea, and do more to support the security institutions wherever necessary.

We welcome in this regard the creation of the multi-donor basket fund, in cooperation with UNDP, to support the national police in becoming a more responsible, professional, and accountable law enforcement agency, as well as the establishment of the new joint BINUH-Country Team units.

The recommendations of the Assessment Mission to strengthen BINUH’s mandate and operations with a view to the justice and law enforcement sectors will be very useful in reshaping the mandate of BINUH. We thank the UN and the independent expert for their work in this regard.

We welcome joint efforts of BINUH, UNODC and other international partners in cooperation with national authorities to tackle corruption and illicit financial flows that are used by gangs for their illegal activities and undermine state authority.

We believe that the mandate of BINUH should address the needs of the government to overcome these challenges, while also ensuring proper

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