Haiti: Top UN official condemns lynching increase

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July 28, 2007 02:43

 
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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.

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