Haiti urged to investigate suspected police abuse

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Haitian prisoners being held before trial in a jail cell at a police station in Port-au-Prince.

Excessive use of force, torture, and beatings of prisoners are just some of the alleged abuses involving the Haitian National Police, according to a recent investigation by the UN human rights presence in Haiti.

The incidents, said to have taken place between October 2010 and June 2011, have reportedly led to 9 deaths in Port-au-Prince's metropolitan area.

Around twenty members of the police are implicated in these deaths, according to the UN.

Patricia Varela of the Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights spoke to Jocelyne Sambira about the report and the importance of having a professional and trusted police force.

Duration: 3’51″

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