The UN Security Council unanimously approved an embargo on the sale of certain weapons to this country in the face of violence stemming from gang wars. The UN Security Council unanimously approved an embargo on the sale of certain weapons to this country in the face of violence stemming from gang wars.
The UN Security Council resolution called on the member states of the organization to ban the sale of small arms, light weapons and ammunition to “non-state actors” in Haiti. However, China’s wholesale arms embargo proposal was not accepted. Since last week, 89 people have lost their lives in and around the capital Port-au Prince alone. Aid organizations say access to many areas is also dangerous.
The resolution submitted by Mexico and the United States also envisions imposing travel bans and freezing the assets of gang leaders and violators of human rights in Haiti. With the decision, the UN special political mission in Haiti was extended for another year. Hundreds of activists in Haiti have burned tires and set up roadblocks in recent days, demanding a solution to the fuel supply problem.
Haiti’s main oil distribution center had ceased operations last week due to gang violence. The Varreux distribution center in the Cite Soleil district is the center of clashes between two rival gangs and the area’s inaccessibility has led to fuel shortages. Due to poverty and violence in the country, many Haitians fled to the Dominican Republic and the USA.