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Amnesty International calls for probe into excessive use of force during Haiti protests

Published:Friday | December 19, 2014 | 11:54 AM

International human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has called for a probe into allegations of excessive use of force during recent demonstrations in Haiti.

The London-based human rights group has called for the Haitian National Police and the UN peacekeeping force to avoid unnecessary and excessive use of force when patrolling and dispersing demonstrations.

The human rights group also wants a thorough investigation of all allegations of human rights violations during the protests.

According to media reports, two people were injured during a demonstration in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince on December 12, while another person was allegedly shot and killed the following day in another protest.

Amnesty International says over the past two years it has received a growing number of reports of unnecessary or excessive use of force by police to disperse demonstrators, often resulting in a high number of people being injured and occasionally killed.


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