June 21, 2024

United States Must Take Action to Stop Arming Criminal Gangs in Haiti

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In recent years, there has been a growing demand from human rights advocates and civil society groups in Haiti for an end to the illegal flow of firearms to criminal gangs. The country has no weapons or ammunition factories, so the weapons that are causing violence and mourning in Haiti are coming from elsewhere, primarily from the United States.

The surge in deadly gang attacks in the capital city of Port-au-Prince has once again brought attention to this issue. Rosy Auguste Ducena, a lawyer and programme director at the National Human Rights Defense Network (RNDDH), a prominent Haitian rights group, emphasized the need to address the influx of weapons into Haiti.

Various types of firearms, including handguns, semi-automatic, and even military-style weapons, are entering Haiti with little to no oversight due to weak state institutions, corruption, and challenges in monitoring the country’s vast coastline. Ducena highlighted the importance of the United States taking responsibility for controlling the export of weapons from their country to help address the issue.

If countries like the United States and other nations are willing to assist Haiti in addressing this problem, one important step they could take is tightening controls on firearm exports. This would be a positive step towards reducing violence and improving security within Haiti’s borders.

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