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Haiti closes 2021 with over a thousand registered kidnappings

Haiti closes 2021 with over a thousand registered kidnappings

Port-au-Prince, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina) Haiti will close this year with 1,200 kidnappings registered by the Center for Analysis and Research on Human Rights, according to a report released today by the entity.
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Eighty-one of the cases are foreigners from six countries, including the United States, Canada, France and Cuba, while 10 percent of the abductions are collective, the organization indicated in its study.

The figures reported by the Carhr represent an increase of 25 percent compared to 2020, when 796 seizures were registered.

Already in October the organization revealed that kidnappings grew 300 percent from July to September, in relation to the previous quarter, although they warned that the total number may be even higher as many victims do not report for fear of reprisals from the captors.

Several sectors organized intense days of mobilizations to denounce the phenomenon, and demand concrete actions against the increase in insecurity that soared in the country, and worsened after the assassination in July of President Jovenel Moïse.

For several days the transport sector and the religious paralyzed the educational, economic and public administration activities, before the silence of Prime Minister Ariel Henry who took him more than a week to pronounce himself and promise that they will work to restore peace.

Insecurity and the expansion of armed gangs have pushed almost 20,000 people to abandon their homes in Martissant, at the southern exit of Port-au-Prince, and to date only a few have been able to return to their homes.

In this sense, Prime Minister Ariel Henry promised to modernize the Police for next year, with the aim of fighting the gangsters.

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