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Haitian bishops deplore rising political violence

Catholic World News - November 15, 2013

The Commission for Justice and Peace of the Haitian bishops’ conference issued a report on November 13 denouncing rising violence in the nation’s capital, Agence France-Presse reported.

Between July and September, 179 people were murdered in Port-au-Prince, and an additional 65 were killed in October. The city has nearly one million residents, and 2.2 million people live in the city and its metropolitan area.

According to the report, “politicians use violence against their opponents” and are distributing weapons in poor neighborhoods. The report also found that “the police, being an accomplice to some acts of insecurity, are not able to ensure the security of the country.”

The report found that a lack of judicial independence is also contributing to the spiraling violence.

“The majority of judges are appointed incorrectly, and many are forced to work by submitting to the political authorities,” the episcopal commission stated, according to the Fides news agency.

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