Kenyan opposition lawmakers say the Haiti peacekeeping mission must be approved by parliament
Kenyan lawmakers say that parliamentary approval is required before the deployment of police to the Kenya-led peacekeeping mission in Haiti to combat gang violence that was approved by the U.N. Security Council this week.
Haiti police probe killings of parishioners who were led by a pastor into gang territory
The director of Haiti’s National Police is vowing to hold accountable those who encouraged hundreds of parishioners to take up machetes and sticks over the weekend to rid a community of gang members, only to be fatally shot by them.
UN chief welcomes Kenya's offer to `positively consider' leading police force to combat Haiti gangs
The United Nations chief has welcomed Kenya’s offer to “positively consider” leading a multinational police force to help combat Haiti’s gangs and improve security in the violence-wracked Caribbean nation.
UN: Delaying help to combat Haiti's gangs may impact region
The U.N. special envoy for Haiti is urging immediate deployment of a specialized international force to counter escalating gang violence and develop the understaffed and ill-equipped police force, warning that delays could lead to a spillover of insecurity in the Caribbean and Latin America.
Neighborhood fights Haiti gangs after vigilante killings
Resident in the hilly suburbs of Haiti's capital are arming themselves with machetes, bottles and rocks and fighting back against encroaching gangs after a crowd beat and burned 13 suspected gang members to death in a gruesome outburst of vigilante violence.
UN deputy urges countries to consider armed force for Haiti
The U.N. deputy secretary-general is urging every country “with capacity” to urgently consider the Haitian government’s request for an international armed force to help restore security and alleviate a humanitarian crisis in the Caribbean nation.
Haiti calls for help at the UN as world mulls assistance
The United States and Mexico say they are preparing a U.N. resolution that would authorize “an international assistance mission” to help improve security in crisis-wracked Haiti so desperately needed humanitarian aid can be delivered to millions in need.
Calls for help, humanitarian corridor as gangs siege Haiti
The United Nations is proposing a “humanitarian corridor” in Haiti’s capital to help people get gasoline and aid amid a mounting crisis as gangs keep blockading roads and access to some areas, including to one key fuel terminal in Port-au-Prince.
Church agency: Captive missionaries made daring escape
Captive missionaries in Haiti found freedom last week by making a daring overnight escape, eluding their kidnappers and walking for miles over difficult, moonlit terrain with an infant and other children in tow, according to the agency they work for.
Haitian deportees start over in country they don’t recognize
Hundreds of Haitians are scrambling to find jobs, food and housing after being deported from the U.S. to a country that they left almost a decade ago and is now largely unfamiliar: The president has been assassinated, an earthquake has destroyed their relatives’ homes, and gang violence has displaced thousands who now sleep on the floor in temporary shelters.
Haiti PM, under fire, addresses evidence in leader's slaying
The office of Haiti Prime Minister Ariel Henry has issued its first public statement about evidence authorities say they have of phone calls between him and a key suspect in the presidential assassination, saying he received countless calls from people concerned for his safety.
Prosecutor seeks to interview Haiti PM in president slaying
Haiti’s chief public prosecutor has invited Prime Minister Ariel Henry to meet with him next week as part of an ongoing investigation into the slaying of President Jovenel Moïse, noting that Henry spoke with one of the main suspects in the case just hours after the killing.
Officials: 400 escape, 25 dead after Haiti prison breakout
FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2021 file photo, Arnel Joseph is returned to the National Penitentiary after being brought before a judge in handcuffs in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery, File)PORT-AU-PRINCE – PORT-AU-Haitian authorities announced Friday that more than 400 inmates escaped and 25 people died in a prison breakout, making it the country's largest and deadliest one in a decade, with the prison director and a powerful gang leader among those killed. The prison is known for a 2014 breakout in which more than 300 of the 899 inmates being held there at the time escaped. At the time of Thursday's breakout, the prison held 1,542 inmates, nearly twice its capacity. Haiti's largest prison breakout in recent history occurred after the devastating 2010 earthquake in which more than 4,200 inmates fled the notorious National Penitentiary in downtown Port-au-Prince.
8 dead, including prison director, after Haiti jail break
Recaptured inmates are led by police outside the Croix-des-Bouquets Civil Prison after an attempted breakout, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. At least seven people were killed on Thursday after several inmates tried to escape from the prison, eyewitnesses told The Associated Press. CROIX-DES-BOUQUETS – CROIX-DES-A prison director was among at least eight people killed on Thursday after several inmates tried to escape from a prison in Haiti’s capital, a police officer and witnesses said. AdAt the time of the 2014 breakout, the prison held 899 inmates, some 130 over its capacity. It wasn’t immediately clear if they were inmates.
EXPLAINER: Why Haiti's political strife has worsened
Hours after the arrests, the opposition nominated a supposed transitional president that no one has recognized. Opposition leaders from various political parties organized protests in the weeks leading up to Feb. 7, the day they allege that Moïse’s term ended. Haiti’s Constitution allows presidents to serve a five-year term, and opponents argue that Moïse already reached that limit. The opposition condemned the arrests and noted the judge has automatic immunity as they accused Moïse’s administration of political repression. The opposition named another Superior Court Judge, Joseph Mécène Jean-Louis, as Haiti’s supposed transitional president after Moïse announced the arrests.