From Washington to Port-au-Prince: The Dangerous Impact of Unchecked Weapon Exports on Haiti

US weapons enabling gang violence in Haiti: The criminal economy fueling deadly conflicts | Update from Armed Groups

The surge in deadly gang attacks in Port-au-Prince has once again brought attention to the issue of illicit firearms in Haiti. For years, human rights advocates and civil society groups have been demanding an end to the flow of these weapons, especially from the United States.

The country has no weapons or ammunition factory, so the weapons that are causing violence and mourning in Haiti are coming from elsewhere, primarily from the United States. Ducena emphasized the need for addressing this influx of weapons into Haiti.

Various types of firearms, including handguns, semi-automatic, and even military-style weapons, are entering Haiti with little to no oversight due to weak state institutions, corruption, and challenges in monitoring the country’s vast coastline. If the United States and other countries are willing to assist Haiti, one important step they could take is to tighten controls on the export of firearms to prevent them from reaching criminal gangs in Haiti. This would be a positive step towards addressing the insecurity and violence caused by the flow of illicit weapons into the country.

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