Local April 29, 2023 | 8:15 am

UN calls to stop repatriation of Haitians from the Americas and the Caribbean

90 percent of the Haitians deported from the Americas were made from Dominican territory. LISTIN DIARIO

A UN committee on Friday called on countries in the Americas and the Caribbean to suspend expulsions of Haitians facing a chilling wave of violence.

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) estimated that 36,000 Haitians were expelled from other countries between January and March and expressed concern about measures taken “without an adequate assessment of the protection needs” of each individual.

The committee, composed of 18 independent experts, called for “suspending forced returns and taking measures to protect Haitians on the move,” in a statement issued under an emergency alert procedure.

Nearly 22,000 Haitians were repatriated between January and November last year, some 15,000 of them from the United States, according to data from the UN Migration Agency (IOM), cited by the committee.

According to the same sources, expulsions accelerated considerably this year and reached 36,000 between January and March, 90% of them from the Dominican Republic.

The communiqué notes, “Caribbean countries, such as the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, announced repressive measures against undocumented Haitian migrants.” At the same time, the United States presented in January a plan to allow accelerated expulsions of Haitians and other migrants to Mexico.

The UN experts were concerned that Haitians are “victims of excessive use of force, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and racial profiling by the law enforcement agencies of some States.”

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a report released Monday that “the Haitian people are victims of one of the worst human rights crises in decades” and that “the death toll and the increase in the area controlled by armed gangs” in Port-au-Prince, the capital, are “comparable to those in countries in a situation of armed conflict.”

Between January 1 and March 31, the number of homicides on the Caribbean island increased by 21% over the previous quarter (815 vs. 673) and kidnappings by 63% (637 vs. 391), according to the report.

“The alarming violence in the areas where the gangs are active, such as sexual violence in particular against women and girls, is emblematic of the terror that affects a large part of the population of Haiti,” where half of its 11.5 million inhabitants live thanks to humanitarian aid, said on Wednesday the UN special envoy for that country, Maria Isabel Salvador.

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Ramon Garcia
April 29, 2023 9:28 am

Not doing anything or turning their back on Haiti is the real racism and discrimination. That’s exactly what the US, Canada, France and the UN are doing. In addition, there is also a possibility that those countries are architects behind the scenes of the crisis, which seems to be designed to create a mass exodus of Haitians to DR and other countries. Stop arming the criminal gangs, HIPPOCRATES evil doers.

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Luis Grullon
April 29, 2023 5:10 pm

The only solution for Haiti is to send a force and help bring in security, taking in Haitian won’t solve the problem I’ll just bring in more insurability to the countries taking them in.
DR needs to ramp up deportation, increase the spending of the military and migration. Deploy the army if necessary to help deportation