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UN requests special armed forces deployment to Haiti

A bullet's impact is seen on an armored police car in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday. Associated Press/Photo by Megan Janetsky

UN requests special armed forces deployment to Haiti

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres and the Haitian government on Monday called for an international specialized armed force to be deployed to Haiti amid continued unrest. The recommendation was issued as part of a report from the U.N. Integrated Office in Haiti that highlighted ongoing gang-related violence and human rights violations. Guterres has also called on international governments to consider halting deportations of individuals from Haiti, as the island is experiencing a deadly cholera outbreak and food shortages.

What else is being done to support the country? The United States on Tuesday said it will propose further targets in Haiti for U.N. sanctions. The sanctions were first imposed in October and placed asset freezes, travel bans, and arms embargoes on anyone who threatened peace or stability in the country, including gang leaders. Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry plans to hold general elections and appointed a council to oversee reforms last week.

Dig deeper: Listen to Mary Reichard’s report on The World and Everything in It podcast about Haiti’s ongoing crisis.

Lauren Canterberry

Lauren Canterberry is a reporter for WORLD. She graduated from the World Journalism Institute and the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism, both in 2017. She worked as a local reporter in Texas and now lives in Georgia with her husband.

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