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Debates
Thursday, 28 November 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Haiti
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  Julie Ward (S&D). – Madam President. For two months, Haiti has been engulfed in protests which were triggered by fuel shortages and quickly turned violent, morphing into a campaign against the President.

According to UN figures, at least 42 people have been killed and dozens injured during these anti-government protests. Violence is fuelling further insecurity in an already fragile state racked with poverty, inequality and corruption. More than one in three Haitians need urgent assistance to meet their daily food requirements, meaning that nearly 3.7 million people are going hungry. Yet aid organisations are struggling to provide relief to those most in need. The EU must work with the Haitian authorities to provide urgent humanitarian assistance.

Another deplorable act of violence that’s occurred during this unrest is violence against women in state prisons, where women are detained in the same cells as men and subject to rape. Here in the European Parliament we’re marking the 16 Days of Action to end gender-based violence. So let’s not forget these vulnerable women in one of the poorest countries in the world.

 
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