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UN: Homicides in Haiti capital tied to gangs

Saturday, September 15, 2012    

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A United Nations official visiting Haiti says that the bulk of recent homicides in the capital are tied to gang warfare.

Ivan Simonovic of the UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights said Friday that he learned about the gang connection during meetings with Haitian officials.

A recent UN report said July was the most violent month in Haiti since the January 2010 earthquake.

The UN peacekeeping force in Haiti and police recorded 134 murders that month, compared to an average of 99 murders per month from March to July.

Simonovic is spending four days in Haiti meeting with government officials and human rights advocates.

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