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Haiti declares state of emergency amid violence, inmates on the run

Port-au-Prince, Haiti Reuters Haiti’s government declared a state of emergency on Sunday evening, following violent clashes in the capital that have damaged communications and led to two prison breaks as a major gang leader seeks to oust Prime Minister Ariel Henry. In order to restore order, the government has imposed with immediate effect a curfew […]

Port-Au-Prince residents sheltering in place as violence escalates

Port-au-Prince, Haiti Reuters Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince was on lockdown on Thursday, as flaming barricades across several neighborhoods forced residents to shelter in place or return home in the latest flare-ups in chronic gang violence plaguing the Caribbean country. Streets were blocked off by burning tires and rocks, sending up huge plumes of black smoke in […]

Haiti rights group decries “inhumane” conditions in police jails

Houses are seen in the Debussy neighbourhood during clashes between gangs, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on 24th April, 2023.

Reuters Detainees in overcrowded cells in Haitian police stations are living in “inhumane, degrading conditions”, a human rights group RNDDH said Thursday, with police relying on makeshift prisons amid insecurity and a crippled judicial system. Six police stations that the group RNDDH visited in Haiti’s Ouest Department showed “very alarming” conditions, it said, urging immediate […]