‘Rape has become a weapon’ for Haiti gangs, says UN panel Published duration 25 October 2013
image caption The UN’s Special Representative to Haiti, Jean-Claude Duvalier, has accused gangs of running organised “crime” gangs through the country
One of the most damning assessments of Haitian gang culture since the devastating earthquake of 2010 has emerged from a UN research panel.
It calls on the international community to come up with urgent measures to combat the violence raging across the country.
The panel, which released its report on Friday, said gang violence is rooted in an “unstable and violent society” with poor governance.
The UN’s Special Representative to Haiti, Jean-Claude Duvalier, has accused gangs of running organised “crime” gangs through the country.
“Rape has become a weapon and a tool used for extortion, blackmail, kidnapping for ransom,” he said.
“It has become a tool used to instill fear in the communities where it occurs and to intimidate, scare, and intimidate the families.”
Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe has said that gang violence is partly to blame for a lack of investment in the country.
“Gangs are behind the lack of investment and poverty” and “are responsible for the high prevalence of drug abuse, prostitution, and child prostitution,” he said.
The report says the root cause of the violence is the “doubling up” of two Haitians gangs, which is common in Haiti.
More than 50% of the country’s crimes are linked to gangs, it says.
And in 2010, gangs in the island were said to have hijacked the Duvalier family’s political party.
The report’s authors were commissioned by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and were led by the Swedish National Crime Prevention Center.
The report notes that despite the “increasing and growing attention”, the