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Haiti,Jamaica

Haiti Police Seize Nearly 100 New Guns Destined for Jamaica

6 October 2016

Jamaica Gleaner

An arsenal of close to 100 brand-new high-powered firearms and hundreds of assorted ammunition were confiscated by the police in Haiti just over a week ago, and Jamaican law-enforcement authorities have indicated that several of them were destined for Jamaica's criminal underworld. In a photograph obtained exclusively by The Gleaner, Haitian police and military personnel were seen inspecting several of the weapons, which included automatic rifles and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Haiti

Haiti Legalizes 38,000 Guns Traded on the Black Market [FR]

16 September 2016

Haitian-Caribbean News Network

[Translated summary: Haiti's government has announced that 38,000 firearms, obtained through the black market, have been legalised as part of an effort to control the large quantity of illegal weapons in circulation. Several reports by experts show that tens of thousands of illicit firearms are in circulation across the country.] PORT-AU-PRINCE -- Le gouvernement Haïtien a annoncé que quelque 38,000 armes à feu, négociées sur le marché noir, ont été... (GunPolicy.org)

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Haiti

Haiti Legalizes 38,000 Guns Traded on the Black Market

16 September 2016

Haitian-Caribbean News Network

PORT-AU-PRINCE -- Haiti's government has announced that some 38,000 firearms, traded on the black market, were legalized as part of an effort to control the large quantity of illegal weapons in circulation in the impoverished Caribbean country. Prime minister Enex Jean-Charles said on Thursday that a process to legalize illegal weapons was launched by the high command of the Haitian National Police (HNP) as instructed by the High Council of the National Police, chaired... (GunPolicy.org)

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Haiti

Stages Required to Obtain a Firearm Licence in Haiti [FR]

31 July 2016

Ici Haiti

[Translated summary: To obtain a firearm licence in Haiti, first applicants have to present a written request to the General Director of the National Police. After, they have to pass an interview at the General Director's Office and then complete other formalities such as digital fingerprints, ballistics, lack of criminal records, etc. Finally, applicants have to pay a tax.] Afin d'obtenir un permis d'arme à feu en Haïti, 5 étapes sont à considérer : 1 -... (GunPolicy.org)

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Haiti

Hidden Handgun Ban Lifted in Haiti [FR]

15 June 2016

Vant Bef Info (Haiti)

[Translated summary: Haiti's Ministry of Justice and Public Security has lifted the measure suspending all permits to carry firearms.] Près de 5 jours après avoir suspendu tous les permis de port d'armes sur toute l'étendue du territoire, le ministère de la justice et de la sécurité publique (MJSP) est revenu sur sa décision, a appris Vant Bèf Info. En effet, suite à une réunion du Conseil supérieur de la Police Nationale (CSPN), tenue ce 15 juin 2016,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Nicaragua,Peru,Haiti,Dominican Republic,Cuba,Mexico,Honduras,Guatemala,Turkey,El Salvador,United States,Russia,Austria,Belgium,Colombia,Brazil,Czech Republic,Germany,Israel,Venezuela,Italy,Spain

The Latin American Gun Leak

16 January 2015

Los Angeles Times, Opinion

During the 1980s, El Salvador was the single largest recipient of U.S. military hardware and weaponry in the Western Hemisphere. Although the Central American country's civil war ended in 1992, the guns, grenades and bullets linger, as do their murderous effects. In September, a U.S. official from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives estimated that half the weapons available on El Salvador's vibrant black market were made in the United... (GunPolicy.org)

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Haiti,Americas,Asia,Africa,Europe,South Sudan,Liberia,Oceania

Over 400,000 People Murdered Worldwide in 2012, 40 Percent Caused by Guns

10 April 2014

UN Dispatch (New York)

Almost half a million people across the world lost their lives in 2012 as a result of intentional homicide, with the highest murder rates logged in the Americas and Africa, and the lowest in Europe, Asia and Oceania, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reports. "Too many lives are being tragically cut short, too many families and communities left shattered. There is an urgent need to understand how violent crime is plaguing countries around the world,... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa,Haiti,South Sudan,Sierra Leone,Liberia,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Oceania,Southern Africa,Central America,East Asia,Southern Europe,Western Europe,North Africa,East Africa,South Asia,South America

Some 437,000 People Murdered Worldwide in 2012 - UNODC Study

10 April 2013

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Media release

VIENNA - Almost half a million people (437,000) across the world lost their lives in 2012 as a result of intentional homicide, according to a new study by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Launching the Global Study on Homicide 2013 in London today, Jean-Luc Lemahieu, Director for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs, said: "Too many lives are being tragically cut short, too many families and communities left shattered. There is an urgent need to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica,Haiti

Four Jamaicans Killed After Allegedly Trading Drugs for Guns in Haiti

24 November 2012

Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON Jamaica - The Police have named the four men killed Friday afternoon in New Town, St Elizabeth. The four men are: Kenrick Bennett of Parottee, St. Elizabeth Rohan Barrett of Tivoli Gardens, Kingston Carlington Wallace of New Town St. Elizabeth; and Turine Wallace also of New Town St. Elizabeth According to the police two 9mm pistols and seven rounds of ammunition were seized at the incident scene. Police say that Bennett otherwise called 'Guns' along with... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Haiti

2 Haitians Charged of Gun Smuggling from US into Haiti [FR]

20 June 2012

Haiti News 509

[Translated summary: Federal Agents arrested two Haitian in Jacksonville, USA, for illegal import of 13 firearms into Haiti.] JACKSONVILLE, Etats-unis – Les Agents Fédéraux ont arrêté deux haïtiens à Jacksonville, le mercredi 20 juin, et les ont accusés d 'avoir illégalement importé en contrebande 13 armes à feu en Haïti, avec des plans d 'entrer clandestinement avec plus de 100 autres armes bientôt. Niyo Baptisme et Jude Fontus accusés de l'affaire ont... (GunPolicy.org)

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Haiti

Around 200,000 Guns in Circulation in Haiti - Analysis [FR]

15 February 2012

Mondialisation (Canada)

[Translated summary: The large majority of the Haitian population is composed of poor, unable to exercise their constitutional right to armed self-defence by regularly importing or purchasing weapons. However, this segment of the population was the first one to suffer the consequences of the increasing criminality and tried to protect itself. Thus was born a local and artisanal production of firearms called "Creole" that, in addition to imported firearms, has fueled the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica,United States,Caribbean,Haiti

Jamaica Destroys Thousands of Guns to Combat Trafficking and Crime

7 February 2012

Chicago Tribune / AP

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Roughly 2,000 firearms were melted down in a blazing furnace Tuesday as part of an effort designed to combat gun trafficking and corruption in Jamaica while reducing violent crime. Police, government and U.N. officials destroyed pistols and revolvers by pitching them into a kiln glowing bright orange at a cement factory in the capital of Kingston. Most of the guns were decommissioned or seized in police operations over the years. National... (GunPolicy.org)

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Haiti,Dominican Republic

Most Guns Smuggled in Dominican Republic by Air and Sea, Not from Haiti

4 January 2012

Dominican Today

SANTO DOMINGO - Most of the weapons are smuggled into the country by air and sea and not across the border as widely believed, Interior and Police minister Jose Ramon Fadul affirmed Tuesday, who stated his concern and said Haiti cannot be blamed for everything. "Haiti is not the only one way guns enter, the number which enters that way is the minimum. Haiti cannot be blamed for everything." When asked why so many criminals are better armed than the authorities, the... (GunPolicy.org)

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European Union,Bulgaria,Russia,West Africa,Pakistan,France,Australia,United Kingdom,Canada,Germany,Italy,United States,Haiti,Côte d'Ivoire,Madagascar

Study Finds Small Arms Have Serious Impact on Fragile States

6 July 2011

Voice of America

A new study finds the global authorized trade in small arms, light weapons, and their ammunition is worth nearly $7.1 billion a year. In its annual report, the independent think tank, the Geneva Forum, also examines the serious impact small arms proliferation is having upon three so-called fragile states-Madagascar, Ivory Coast and Haiti. Arms exporters The survey finds in 2008, the United States, Italy and Germany topped the list of 14 top exporters of small arms... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica,Haiti

Jamaicans Blame Haitians in Furore 'Over Guns for Drugs' Smuggling

25 October 2008

BBC News

KINGSTON — It is a simple kind of trade but one that is increasingly concerning police in the Caribbean: guns for drugs. Weapons from Haiti are being exchanged for marijuana, or ganja as it is known locally, from Jamaica. In fact, Haiti is now seen as the major source of illegal firearms entering Jamaica. Last year, Jamaican police seized more than 650 illegal guns and this year they have already recovered around 450. Jamaica has one of the worst murder rates... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica,Haiti,United States

Haitians, Americans Held Responsible for Gun Smuggling to Jamaica

6 July 2008

Jamaica Gleaner, Opinion

On June 17, Prime Minister Bruce Golding stood before Parliament, making a contribution to the sectoral debate in lieu of the Minister of National Security, who does not sit in the lower House. In that speech, he painted a forbidding picture of Haiti, as a lawless land raging with "battles", and awash with guns, which were finding their way on to the streets of Jamaica. He also expounded on the establishment of Haitian communities in Jamaica, and Jamaican neighbourhoods... (GunPolicy.org)

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Haiti

In Heated Parliamentary Debate, Haitian MP 'Drops' Handgun, Shoots Clerk

2 April 2008

Press Association (UK)

A Haitian MP's handgun went off during a heated debate in parliament, injuring a legislative clerk. Isidor Mercier insisted the gun went off by accident after he bent down to pick up the fallen firearm. The bullet hit the clerk in his right shoulder. But reporters who witnessed the scene said they saw Mr Mercier brandish the gun after another MP accused him of profiting from a scheme that involved the repeated replacement of tyres on a government car. The gun seemed... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica,Haiti,Cuba

Cubans Catch Gang Accused of Haiti-to-Jamaica Gun, Drug Smuggling

12 February 2008

Radio Jamaica

The alleged masterminds behind the multi-million dollar guns for drugs trade between Jamaica and Haiti were offered bail when they appeared in the Half-Way-Tree Criminal Court on Tuesday. St. Elizabeth businessman Lumsden Legister otherwise called "Lazarus" and Luddy Banton were each offered $10 million bail. Five other men accused with the two chief suspects, Felix Dennis; Horace McKenzie; Richard Graham; Kenrick Bennett and Andrew Reid were each offered bail in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Jamaica,Haiti

Four Fishermen Sentenced to 15yrs Jail for Haiti-Jamaica Gun Smuggling

18 May 2007

RJR-FM Radio (Jamaica)

Four St. Elizabeth fishermen who were captured last year trying to smuggle a large shipment of illegal guns and ammunition into the country from Haiti were sentenced to 15 years in prison on Friday. The four, who were convicted two weeks ago on 10 counts of illegal possession of firearm and one count of possession of ammunition, were each sentenced to a total of 150 years behind bars. However, the sentences are to run concurrently, therefore they will each serve 15... (GunPolicy.org)

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Haiti,Jamaica

More Evidence of Drugs-for-guns Trade Between Jamaica and Haiti

6 February 2007

AlterPresse (Port-au-Prince)

LONDON — Jamaican police have carried out a series of arrests and seizures of firearms that appear to confirm long-held suspicions of the existence of an extensive criminal network smuggling marijuana and guns between Jamaica and the nearby nation of Haiti. On February 4th, following a shoot-out between Jamaican police and an unidentified man in Spanish Town in the central parish of St Catherine, a gun was recovered from the man who had been shot dead by the police.... (GunPolicy.org)

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