As the situation further deteriorates in Haiti, new UN appointees are being cycled in. María Isabel Salvador last month became the new UN Special Representative for Haiti and the head of the UN Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH). She will play a role in short and longer term solutions that may be negotiated with the Haitian government, other governments, and regional organisations. The Haitian government clearly cannot restore security on its own. The full article by Miami Herald journalist Jacqueline Charles is linked and follows.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has appointed William O’Neill as an independent expert on human rights in Haiti He will monitor the human-rights situation in Haiti and provide advice and technical assistance to the Haitian government, national human rights institutions and civil society organisations. Promoting respect for human rights should be an important aspect of re-establishing security, and one hopes, longer term development in Haiti. The full article by Jacqueline Charles of the Miami Herald is linked and follows.
Apologies to Port au Prince residents, but the capital city is an impediment to development for the country. Port au Prince became the problem city of Haiti during the reign of the Duvaliers – each of whom centralized power and authority in the Capital, disempowering secondary cities such as Cap Haitian and Jacmel.