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United States,Haiti

US Lifts Haiti Arms Embargo, Allows More American Guns to Be Imported

11 October 2006

Associated Press

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The United States partially lifted a 15-year-old arms embargo against Haiti, the U.S. Embassy said Tuesday, allowing the troubled Caribbean nation to buy weapons for police battling violent — and often better armed — street gangs. The move comes after President Rene Preval's new government openly criticized the embargo, saying it was hampering its ability to restore order and confront gangs that flourished after a 2004 revolt toppled... (

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Haiti, UN to Disarm Gang Members With Jobs, Food, Cash for Guns

4 September 2006

Associated Press

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Haiti's government and U.N. peacekeepers will launch a major campaign seeking to persuade hundreds of gangsters to disarm with promises of money, food and job training, but top gang leaders will not be eligible, the U.N. envoy said Monday. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, special U.N. envoy Edmond Mulet said officials will begin airing radio and television ads in coming days to inform the public about the disarmament... (

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Small Children Among the Wounded as Haiti Struggles With Gun Violence

20 January 2006

Voice of America

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Haiti continues to struggle with violence and instability in the wake of its upcoming presidential elections in February. Gun violence and kidnappings threaten the lives of thousands of people every day in the country's capital, Port-au-Prince. A leading humanitarian aid organization says the situation is only getting worse. The international humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders released a statement Thursday appealing for armed groups... (

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In Haiti, Undeclared Gun War Escalates in Capital Slum

18 January 2006

Inter Press Service News Agency

CITE SOLEIL — It was 1:30 in the morning and the sound was deafening — machine gun fire, the crack of rifles, and the boom of heavy artillery, as bullet tracers flew through the black sky like fireworks. Some 200,000 residents of Cite Soleil, a slum on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, heard the explosions and knew that even in their beds they were not safe. Across the city, fist-sized holes in building walls showed that bullets can penetrate thick cement. One... (

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Haiti,United Nations,Jamaica

Oxfam, Amnesty, IANSA to Launch Gun Control Campaign in Haiti

13 January 2006


Port-au-Prince — The international organization, Oxfam Great Britain, is ready to launch a national campaign against the illegal and unregulated influx of small arms and light weapons. Yolette Etienne, the OxfamGB representative in Haiti, told AlterPresse that the proliferation of small arms in Haiti urgently needs to be brought under control. As part of the national campaign against armed violence, a national commission composed of members of different parts of... (

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United Nations,Sierra Leone,Haiti,Congo (DRC)

Arms Trade Controls Have Failed to Protect Civilians, Say Surveys

8 January 2006

Agence France Presse

NEW YORK — Existing small arms trade controls have failed to protect innocent civilians and must be drastically tightened, according to three surveys on the human cost of arms transfers to Haiti, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Sierra Leone. The reports were issued by the Control Arms Campaign as the United Nations was set to kick off its first major review of small arms controls in five years. The Campaign, which brings together Amnesty International,... (

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United States,Haiti

US Guns to Haiti Are 'An Exception' to Arms Embargo

5 August 2005

Associated Press

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The United States will provide Haitian police with firearms and tear gas to aid the fight against militants ahead of elections this fall, the American ambassador said Friday. The shipment is an exception to the arms embargo that the United States imposed on the Caribbean nation in 1991, U.S. Ambassador James Foley said. "Given the state of insecurity in this country, the attempts to create chaos, we had to do our best to protect the people... (

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Gun Culture 'Undermining' Haiti

28 July 2005

BBC News

Haiti is awash with small arms which are fuelling violence and human rights abuses and threaten planned elections, according to Amnesty International. The group says armed criminal gangs and police officers alike are able to act with impunity towards civilians. It urges the US-appointed interim government and UN peacekeepers to carry out complete disarmament. The UN mission in the country is struggling to maintain law and order following a surge in violence in... (

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Haiti,United States

US Solution to Violence: Lift Embargo, Send More Guns

9 June 2005

BBC News

The US is working to lift a 14-year-old embargo on selling weapons to Haiti in order to help police cut rising crime and unrest before elections this year. Washington's ambassador to Haiti, James Foley, said guns were urgently needed to help police guarantee security. Haiti's cabinet chief, Michel Brunache, said a US marine deployment could help restore order in time for the polls. Some 700 people have died in less than a year in Haiti, in a crime wave blamed on... (

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United States,Haiti

John Bolton Signed Off on Haiti Gun Export Deal

4 May 2005

Miami Herald, Opinion

On Dec. 14, 2004, in the predawn hours, a large convoy of U.N. troops entered the Port-au-Prince slum of Cite Soleil. They began firing. Esterlin Marie Carmelle was in bed with her 2-year-old son, Herlens. Her husband got out of bed to get ready for work. The shooting intensified, and she remained in bed beside her child. According to a Harvard Law School report the following occurred: 'Ms. Carmelle recalled, she 'felt something warm' on her arm and said to her husband,... (

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United States,Haiti

Haiti Gun Export Claim 'False,' Says US State Dept

25 April 2005

Washington Times

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The U.S. government gave 2,600 weapons — mostly small-caliber handguns — to bolster Haiti's fledgling police force last year despite charges of human rights abuses and a more than 13-year-old arms embargo, according to officials at the State Department and U.S. Embassy here. The disclosure reflected attempts to refute charges by a Swiss-funded disarmament group that the United States had used a loophole in the embargo to arrange a $7... (

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United States,Haiti

US Admits 2,600 Weapons Sent to Haiti

24 April 2005

Scotsman (Edinburgh)

Port-Au-Prince — The US government gave more than 2,600 weapons to bolster Haiti's controversial police force last year despite allegations of human rights abuses and a more than 13-year-old arms embargo, officials at the State Department and US Embassy said. The officials rejected allegations of a massive $7m shipment of arms and ammunition to Haiti in 2004, but conceded that the US had given a smaller amount of arms to the Haitian government in the form of... (

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United States,Haiti

US Sends Guns to Haiti Despite Embargo

21 April 2005

Associated Press

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The United States has quietly given thousands of guns to the Haitian National Police and is moving to approve the sale of thousands more despite a 14-year arms embargo and allegations the force is corrupt, brutal and responsible for unjustified killings, U.S., U.N. and Haitian officials said this week. The officials said police are outgunned by gangsters and must be better armed. The United States gave 2,600 used firearms to the Haitian... (

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United States,Haiti

USA 'Broke Its Own Embargo to Sell Arms to Haiti Police,' Says Muggah

17 April 2005

Independent (UK)

The Bush administration has been accused of ignoring its own arms embargo and overseeing the sale of $7m-worth (£3.7m) of weapons to the Haitian government to equip its police force. Human rights groups say the police carry out routine executions of dissidents and weapons are often illegally funnelled to armed militia. Robert Muggah of the Swiss-based Small Arms Survey, a non-profit group, said that last year the US effected the sale of thousands of weapons to the... (

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Swiss Report Urges Long Term Help for Haiti: Small Arms Survey

7 April 2005 /

GENEVA — There are no quick-exit strategies for Haiti and commitment must be long-term and sustained. That's according to an independent study by the Small Arms Survey, an independent research project located at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. The report, titled 'Securing Haiti's Transition: Reviewing Human Insecurity and the Prospects for Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration,' and released in Geneva today, said... (




More US Guns No Solution for Haiti, Says Rob Muggah

7 April 2005

Globe & Mail (Toronto), Opinion

Flying in the face of a promising recovery strategy, the United States has quietly begun shipping arms to Haiti's interim government, despite a 13-year arms embargo on the Caribbean nation. The new arms are meant to brace up a shaky security force, but the reality is that they could actually undermine security by jeopardizing an innovative disarmament effort just getting under way. The island is increasingly in chaos. Armed militia and former army soldiers terrorize... (

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Haiti Disarming is 'Insufficient,' Says Small Arms Survey

7 April 2005

BBC News

Violence in Haiti could break out once more because a UN peacekeeping force is not working hard enough to ensure rival gangs are disarmed, a new report says. The Small Arms Survey, a Geneva-based research group, says gangs and militias on the streets are still heavily armed. An armed uprising forced out President Jean-Bertrand Aristide last year, and many of his armed supporters still control large swathes on countryside. The report comes after a policeman was... (

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Haiti Threatened by Spread of Small Arms, Says Report

4 April 2005


GENEVA — Tens of thousands of illegal firearms held by civilians and political and criminal gangs in Haiti pose a major threat to efforts to restore peace in the Caribbean country, a U.N.-backed study said on Monday. The study by the Geneva-based Small Arms Group said the proliferation of weapons — whose numbers were being swollen by smuggling — had led to hundreds of deaths, and violations of human rights and crimes affecting tens of thousands of... (

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Haiti,United Nations,Brazil

United Nations and Brazil Work to Rid Haitian Guns

14 January 2005

United Press International

BRASILIA — The United Nations and Brazil are studying ways to collect the hundreds of thousands of illegal arms among Haitian citizens, Brazilian officials said Friday. Brazilian troops are leading the U.N. peacekeeping force in Haiti that took over duties from a U.S.-led interim force back in May. Foreign troops first arrived in Haiti following the Feb. 29 departure of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who left amid growing pressure from armed rebels. Brazil's... (

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Soccer Game May Be Disarming

30 June 2004

Associated Press

BRASILIA — Brazil will play a friendly soccer match in Haiti in August, with spectators invited to swap firearms for tickets, Brazilian Sports Minister Agnelo Queiroz said. The minister said Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva wants to clear his agenda to be able to attend the game. Queiroz said Tuesday the match will most likely occur on August 18. Brazilian troops traveled to Haiti in May as part of a United Nations peacekeeping force. Their first act... (

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