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UN human rights chief calls for Special Forces to Haiti; Murders & Rapes rampant

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By Sherrica Thompson

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#Haiti, February 15, 2023 – After a two-day visit to Haiti, the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Volker Türk is urging the international community to consider deploying a specialized armed force into the country. The commissioner also warned that violent gangs are creating a “living nightmare” for thousands of people.

“It is time for the international community to help the Haitian authorities regain full control so this suffering can be stopped,” he said.

Türk said that he feared “the situation in Haiti is not receiving the urgent spotlight that it deserves” since multiple crises around the world are competing for attention.

Meanwhile, the U.S. government, during an Organization of American States meeting in Washington on Friday, revealed that it is having discussions with international partners about the possibility of sending a multinational force composed primarily of police.

U.S. ambassador to the OAS, Francisco Mora, said the U.S. is still working with others on a framework to provide security and stability and that it would soon implement new sanctions and visa restrictions, according to AP News.

Haiti’s Foreign Minister, Jean Victor Généus, also spoke at the meeting, requesting that a specialized international force “be allowed to stand with us [Haiti].”

“There is a deepening crisis in the country that cries out for humanitarian aid,” the  Foreign Minister said.

The Minister’s plea came as the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti released a 24-page report on what it described as mass incidents of murder, gang rapes and sniper attacks in Cite Soleil, Haiti’s biggest slum, located in the capital city of Port-au-Prince.

The report revealed at least 263 people were killed and at least 57 women and girls were raped in just one neighbourhood within Cite Soleil from July 8 to Dec. 31 last year.

Several regional and international leaders and organizations, including the United Nations, have been calling for support for Haiti.  The U.N. has urged officials in Haiti to hold elections and provide more training and equipment to the country’s police department.  It has also been calling on the international community to consider sending armed forces to assist with the ongoing crisis.

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PAHO Calls Americas to Increase Aedes aegypti Mosquito Control

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Rashaed Esson

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#PAHO#Dengue#Americas, February 23rd, 2024 – With nearly seven thousand cases of dengue and 102 deaths reported in the Americas as of early February 2024, the Pan American Health Organization is once again calling for stronger measures to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the main transmitter of dengue. These numbers indicate a 157 percent increase in cases over the same period in 2023.  In the first five weeks of 2024, Peru, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Costa Rica, French Guiana, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay reported an increase in cases.

 

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Dark Tourism Efforts in Jamaica – Colonial sites Preservation

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Rashaed Esson

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#DarkTourism#Jamaica,February 23rd, 2024 – British Colonial sites in Jamaica like Georgian plantation houses and slave infrastructure, are being preserved as slavery monuments to boost what authorities are calling the “Dark Tourism” industry. According to reports, Dark Tourism refers to tourists visiting places marked by historical tragedy. For Jamaica, the history of Britain’s 300-year rule will be explained at the preserved sites. Tourism minister Edmund Bartlett says work is being done with the ministry of Culture and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust.

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Bahamas as Caribbean top 2024 Spring Destination

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Rashaed Esson

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#Bahamas#Tourism, February 23rd, 2024 – The Bahamas has been categorized as the most popular Caribbean destination for travel in the upcoming spring season by travel insurance company Squaremouth, in a new report. It was the only Caribbean nation to make the list for the top 10 destinations. The report is derived from travel insurance purchases made through Squaremouth.

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