Anti-government protests leave seven people dead
Since 7th February 2019, thousands of people have taken to the streets in the capital Port-au-Prince and other cities demanding the resignation of Haiti's President Jovenel Moise. Protests were sparked after the release of a report in January 2019 that alleged government authorities had misappropriated development loans from Venezuela to Haiti. In the context of the demonstrations, reports indicate that looting and violent acts took place, resulting in at least 7 people killed, and 14 police officers wounded. As reported previously by the CIVICUS Monitor in November 2018, countrywide protests over government corruption were held in Haiti, leaving dozens arrested and six people dead.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) issued a statement urging:
"[T]he State to initiate a dialogue with all the actors involved in order to peacefully seek a solution to the serious political and economic crisis that the country is going through."