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Profile: Haitian National Police


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Haitian National Police actively participated in the following events:


February 14, 2005      Haiti Coup

       Witnesses say that Abdias Jean is dragged from his house at lunch time and shot in the head by Haitian National Police. Witnesses state that ten days earlier a 17-year-old girl was executed in the same neighborhood. Witnesses in Port-Au-Prince say that summary execution is becoming a routine tactic of the police to try and intimidate Aristide supporters in Haiti. A human rights lawyer in Haiti, Judy Dacruz, says the human rights situation is “critical right now” and claims that the authorities are taking part in a “complicity of silence.” Police spokesperson Gessy Coicou denies that there have been executions taking place and encourages Abdias Jean's family to “file a complaint.” [Newsday, 2/14/2005]
People and organizations involved: Haitian National Police

March 4, 2005      Haiti Coup

       Four days after the bloody one year anniversary of Aristide's ouster, protesters march peacefully on the Haitian capital calling for the return of Aristide and the release of political prisoners. Protestors march under the protection of the UN peacekeepers, who were simply observers on February 28, 2004. Haitian police officers are prevented from entering the march's perimeter by UN forces. A spokesperson for the march, Samba Boukman says: “We don't want the Haitian Police. They are killing us. We want to deal with UN troops.” [Reuters, 3/4/2005; New York Times, 3/5/2005]
People and organizations involved: Haitian National Police

March 5, 2005      Haiti Coup

       Haiti's Justice Minister Bernard Gousse says that the UN removal of Haiti's National Police from the March 4 demonstration (see March 4, 2005) was a violation of the UN mandate. Even though demonstrators thanked the UN troops for protecting them, Gousse states that “there is no way MINUSTAH (UN presence in Haiti) can ask national police to leave an area within Haitian territory.” Gousse also claims that the Haitian National Police were “told in an aggressive way” that they were not to be present at the demonstration. [Business Day, 3/7/2005; New York Times, 3/5/2005]
People and organizations involved: MINUSTAH, Haitian National Police, Bernard Gousse

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