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Universal Periodic Review of Haiti at the Human Rights Council

UK Statement delivered on 7 November 2016.

The UPR takes place at the Palais des Nations, Geneva.
The UPR takes place at the Palais des Nations, Geneva.

Firstly, our thoughts are with the people of Haiti following Hurricane Matthew.

The UK believes that strengthening Haiti’s institutions, implementing long-standing reforms and ratifying key legislation are essential if the country is to address fundamental human rights challenges.

We are particularly concerned about the breadth of continuing human rights violations, including gender based violence, illegal detentions, and the practice of keeping children enslaved as restaveks.

Haiti must seize the opportunity to tackle these issues with the support of the international community, while also re-establishing key institutions in the country.

The UK encourages all those who have pledged assistance to Haiti after Hurricane Matthew, to honour their pledges, and help the country to overcome its long-term challenges.

We have 2 recommendations:

When elected, the new President seeks early ratification of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and ratification of the Rome Statute.

To ensure that the police and judiciary are trained to deal impartially with women reporting gender based violence, and that all such complaints are fully investigated and prosecuted.

Thank you Mr President.

Published 7 November 2016