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July 15, 2024, Port-Au-Prince, Capitale-National, Haiti: Armed gang member on streets of the Haitian capital, Port-au-prince, which the gangs now control. The U.N. Security Council just unanimously approved a resolution condemning “in the strongest terms” the increasing gang violence and criminal activity in Haiti that is undermining peace, stability and security in the country and the region. The Friday July 12th resolution expresses grave concern at illegal arms and ammunition flowing into Haiti and their link to the expanding territorial control by gangs and “the extreme levels of armed violence,” including sexual and gender-based violence, that lead to deteriorating security in the country. The council extended the U.N. political mission in Haiti known as BINUH until July 15, 2025, with a mandate to support the advancement of “a Haitian-led, Haitian-owned political process towards the holding of free and fair legislative and presidential elections.” The resolution, sponsored by the United States and Ecuador, reiterates the council’s support for a Kenyan-led multinational security force to help the Haitian National Police re-establish security. The initial contingent of 200 Kenyan police arrived in the capital Port-au-Prince on June 25. Haiti asked for an international force to combat gangs in 2022, and U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres appealed for months for a country to lead the force before the Kenyans came forward. (Credit Image: © Hector Adolfo Quintanar Perez/ZUMA Press Wire)


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