UN orders evacuation of its non-essential personnel in Haiti due to increased violence

The United Nations has ordered the evacuation of all its non-essential workers in Haiti due to the increase in violence due to the continuous demonstrations in the streets of the country, alleging that UN personnel are vulnerable to kidnapping and possible attacks.

The evacuation order comes only two months after the UN Security Council voted to extend the mandate of its Integrated Office in Haiti for one year and expand its staff, as the ‘Miami Herald’ has learned.

However, the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, has condemned the violence in all its forms that has occurred in the country in recent weeks and has called on all actors to collaborate in de-escalating the situation. and guarantee "the return to calm".

As detailed by the General Secretariat in a statement, the head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Helen La Lime, continues to intensify her good relations with government representatives, political actors, civil society and private sector stakeholders.

All this, specifically, in search of a commitment to "a peaceful transition" leading to the restoration of democratically elected institutions.

MINUSTAH has continued to encourage Haitian stakeholders to engage in constructive discussions on ways to chart a common path forward and will continue to support Haitian-led efforts to achieve a consensual transition agreement, the UN has detailed.

Furthermore, following the attacks on UN-backed warehouses in different cities in Haiti, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti, Ulrika Richardson, has called for safe access for humanitarian workers and supplies.

It has also highlighted the "important" contribution of international and local NGOs, stressing that they often work "in volatile and dangerous situations across the country"as many of these organizations have been directly targeted by looters.

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The wave of protests that began in Haiti a few weeks ago has left the country "paralyzed" and has caused a worsening of the already serious humanitarian situation, according to the UN, which detects timid efforts to return to normality in recent days.

Insecurity and the increase in the cost of living underlie this social unrest, exacerbated by the withdrawal of fuel subsidies decreed by the Prime Minister, Ariel Henry, who took the reins of the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere after the assassination in July of 2021 of the then president, Jovenel Moise.

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