While Haiti has made progress over the past decade, problems still remain: armed gangs continue to pose a threat; human rights abuses and human trafficking persist; and political instability remains a concern. Despite these ongoing challenges, as a long-standing partner of the government of Haiti, it serves U.S. interests to remain committed to MINUJUSTH to protect the hard-won gains since MINUSTAH was established.
Over the past decade, the UN has worked to increase the size and professionalism of the Haitian National Police through recruitment, training, and the provision of equipment and infrastructure, as well as by conducting joint patrols to address gang violence, organized crime, and trafficking. As a direct result of the UN’s support, the HNP has grown from a force of 6,000 in 2010 to more than 15,000 in 2018, advanced key justice sector legislation, reinforced crowd control capabilities, and made progress towards addressing international human rights concerns. The U.S. has supported these efforts bilaterally as well as under the auspices of MINUSTAH and MINUJUSTH, because a functioning and professional police force is critical to Haiti’s long-term stability.
MINUJUSTH’s task to strengthen national human rights institutions is essential to promoting the rule of law, democratic institution building, and security in Haiti. It contributes to ensuring accountability, as well as respect for human rights, including for women and children.