Thursday, September 14, 2006

Commission Episcopale Nationale Justice et Paix report

Amidst all the furor over the highly-questionable Lancet article on the human rights situation in Haiti (composed by a researcher stating that she is plainly a supporter of Haiti's former president Aristide and lauded by Mr. Aristide's well-paid Miami lawyer), what has been lost in the shuffle is the fact that Haiti’s Commission Episcopale Nationale Justice et Paix - a genuinely non-partisan body - recently released a report where it stated the following:

"Many political and even economic sectors are involved with violence and weapons. It is important to remember that fact. This is not about making accusations, but we must be conscious that arms do not resolve anything. Those who commit acts of violence, who are responsible for such acts must face that truth and accept their responsibility. The State must also face its responsibility and fight violence and impunity."

The Commission counted 2506 dead victims of violence during the 47 months it has been operating.

The full report can be read here.

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