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For years, human rights advocates and civil society groups in Haiti have been calling for an end to the flow of illicit firearms to criminal gangs, especially from the United States. With a recent surge in deadly gang attacks gripping the capital of Port-au-Prince, these calls are becoming even more urgent.

According to Rosy Auguste Ducena, a lawyer and programme director at the National Human Rights Defense Network (RNDDH), Haiti does not have its own weapons or ammunition factory. Therefore, the weapons and ammunition causing chaos in the country are coming from elsewhere, with a significant portion originating from the United States.

The range of firearms and ammunition entering Haiti is largely unchecked due to weak state institutions, corruption, and challenges in monitoring the vast coastline of the country. Ducena emphasized the need for greater control over what leaves the United States to help address the crisis in Haiti.

By addressing the issue of illicit firearms flowing into Haiti, particularly from the United States, through stronger controls and monitoring mechanisms, the country may be able to curb the violence and instability caused by criminal gangs. It is essential for international cooperation and support to help Haiti address this critical issue in order to promote peace and security in

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