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    UN Chief Insists on Special Armed Forces as Haiti Spirals

    UN Chief Insists on Special Armed Forces as Haiti Spirals

    JUAN, Puerto Rico — U.N. Secretary General António Guterres on Monday insisted on the deployment of an international specialized armed to and called on governments to consider halting deportations as the country's situation spirals.

    The recommendations were issued as part of a report on the U.N. Integrated Office in Haiti, with Guterres noting that gang-related violence and human rights violations have reached a critical level.

    “The people of Haiti are suffering the worst human rights and humanitarian emergency in decades,” he wrote.

    Guterres noted that while last year's gang-led siege at a main fuel terminal has ended, a special force is still needed to ensure that key infrastructure remains unobstructed and that people are able to safely vote in a general election whose date has not been set.

    The number of reported killings soared by 35% last year compared with the previous year, with more than 2,100 slain. In addition, kidnappings more than doubled last year, with more than 1,350 victims.

    Meanwhile, Haiti's National Police is underfunded and under-resourced, with only some 9,700 active-duty officers in a country of more than 11 million people.

    “There are also allegations that a significant number of national police…may be associated with gangs,” Guterres said.

    In recent months, countries including and the U.S. have offered training and resources including armored vehicles, but…

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