The top UN official in Haiti on Friday denounced a sharp increase in lynchings and other mob attacks, including the killing of two innocent men as they traveled to a wedding.
At least six people were killed by mobs in a single week in different attacks this month, according to the UN mission's human rights section. At least 105 people have been reportedly lynched in Haiti since 2005.
"There has been a very large number of lynchings in the past months and weeks. We do hope this will not become a trend," Edmond Mulet, the special UN envoy to Haiti, told The Associated Press in an interview.
He blamed the rise in part on a lack of confidence in Haiti's notoriously corrupt judicial system, which keeps hundreds of people imprisoned without trial while others who can afford a bribe walk free.