Haiti: One month after Moise’s murder, many questions, but few answers | Haiti Human Rights News


Haiti has asked the United Nations to launch an international investigation into the assassination of President Jovenel Moise on July 7.

This Haitian President Giovinel Mois was assassinated In the early morning of July 7th, the world was shocked, which intensified people’s Worsening political instability And gang violence in Caribbean countries.

But a month later, a group of armed mercenaries Attacked Moise’s home In the capital, Port-au-Prince, countless questions about what happened remain unanswered—and about Haiti should plan what way forward.

“The country is still looking for answers,” Laurent Lamothe, who was the prime minister of Haiti from 2012 to 2014, said in an interview with Al Jazeera on Saturday.

“The country is still in shock. People are very upset. The infiltration of information is slow and everyone is asking the same questions: Where are the planners and where are the people responsible for paying the financial costs for this terrible operation?”

The Haitian authorities said they had arrested 44 people in connection with the killing, including 12 Haitian police officers, 18 Colombians who were allegedly members of mercenaries, and two Haitian Americans.

This Moise’s security officer is one of the arrested It was related to the conspiracy, but Jean Laguel Civil’s lawyer stated that his client’s arrest was politically motivated.

On Thursday, the Haitian government asked the United Nations to help conduct an international investigation, saying that due to the role of foreigners in planning, funding and implementation, Haiti regarded the attack as an international crime.

“I hope that the United Nations can respond positively, because this is the least that the United Nations can do for Haiti and the Caribbean,” Lamott said. “Remember that Haiti is the first black republic in the world. We deserve all international Work together to find out who killed the president.”

At the same time, the Haitian justice system has been trying to find a judge willing to investigate the murder.

“This is a sensitive political file. The judge will consider the safety of himself and his family before agreeing to the investigation,” a judge who asked not to be named told AFP this week. “Because of this, investigators are also reluctant to accept it.”

Several magistrates told the president of the Court of First Instance of Port-au-Prince that they were not interested in the assassination.

Senior Magistrate Bernard Saint-Vil said that he would announce the name of the investigating Magistrate who chose to take over the case on Thursday, but in the end he couldn’t because no judge wanted the job.

What’s next?

Questions about what will happen next in Haiti also continue, where residents have recently Expresses fear that Moyes will be killed “Show that no one is immune” from the surge of violence during the presidency.

President Moise, who took office in 2017, has suffered corruption allegations and Mass protest Although opposition leaders, rights advocates and legal experts believe that his term has expired, he still refuses to step down in February this year.

The President of Haiti is Implement legal management from January 2020 After the expiration of the parliamentary term, several key government agencies did not operate.

Moise also oversees Gang violence surges in Port-au-Prince Caused countless deaths and displaced thousands, Triggered accusations from human rights organizations “The silence of the state authorities proves that they are completely uninterested in large-scale and systematic violations of people’s rights.”

After the killing of Moise in Haiti last month, the question of who will take over control remains unclear and there are competing claims. appointment The new interim prime minister, Ariel Henry.Henry has promise Elections are held “as soon as possible” to get the country out of political crisis.

But leading Haitian civil society Leaders questioned Under conditions of general insecurity, whether it is possible to hold a vote later this year-this is a key requirement of the United Nations and the United States and other international participants.

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