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Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry said “absolutely nothing” could deter him from bringing justice for President Jovenel Moïse and reaffirmed his determination to do all he could "to find all of the perpetrators, all of the accomplices, and those people who ordered” the “heinous” assassination. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 25 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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21 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

25 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
3. SOUNDBITE (French) Ariel Henry, Prime Minister, Haiti:
“I would like to reaffirm here, from this rostrum, my determination to do all I can to find all of the perpetrators, all of the accomplices, and those people who ordered this heinous crime. Nothing, absolutely nothing, no political maneuvers, no media campaign, no distraction, can deter me from this goal: to bring justice for President Moïse.”
4. Wide shot, Henry on screen in General Assembly Hall
5. SOUNDBITE (French) Ariel Henry, Prime Minister, Haiti:
“I have opted for the quickest path towards free, transparent, inclusive, and non-partisan elections. Some want a longer transition period, but, along with many others, I believe that that is not the right option. I have not given up hope of convincing those who are still reluctant to join the signatories of this agreement so that we can move forward together seeking peace and ongoing dialogue towards lasting solutions to the problems facing our country.”
6. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
7. SOUNDBITE (French) Ariel Henry, Prime Minister, Haiti:
“There is a need to build back better and in a more resilient way to better cope with climate hazards and natural disasters in general. Once again, we are relying on your proactive assistance, both through existing mechanisms and through new commitments.”
8. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Ariel Henry, Prime Minister, Haiti:
“Over recent days, the images of the way many of my compatriots have been handled at the border between Mexico and the United States have shocked many people. We do not wish to challenge the right of a sovereign state to control the entry of foreigner into its territory or to send back to their country of origin those who enter a country illegally, however, we believe that many countries that are prosperous today have been built through successive waves of migrants and refugees.”
10. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall

STORYLINE:

Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry said “absolutely nothing” could deter him from bringing justice for President Jovenel Moïse and reaffirmed his determination to do all he could "to find all of the perpetrators, all of the accomplices, and those people who ordered” the “heinous” assassination.

In a pre-recorded address presented today (25 Sep) to the UN General Assembly, Henry said achieving justice and accountability in the crime was a duty to the late-President's memory, his family and the Haitian people. However, he noted that the criminal investigation is a difficult one considering it was a transnational crime. He requested that countries provide Haiti with mutual legal assistance, and stressed that the crime must not remain unpunished and all the perpetrators must be brought to justice.

Henry said, since assuming office a little more than two months ago, his main concern has been to ensure that the country's democratic institutions function normally again. He said practically all of Haiti’s democratic institutions are either nonexistent or totally dysfunctional. In seeking to resolve the major political challenges facing Haiti, including insecurity, a dysfunctional legislative branch, and a weak judicial system, The Prime Minister said he swiftly formed a government to take state matters into hand. He underscored that only through dialogue with political parties and civil society can a sufficient consensus be achieved for socio-political stability.

The Prime Minister said he was meeting with a wide array of national stakeholders to create a peaceful climate which is essential to organizing a credible, transparent, and inclusive general election as soon as possible. He said it was crucial to ensure that democratic institutions function normally again by handing leadership to elected officials.

Henry noted that a political agreement for a peaceful and effective government during the transition period was negotiated and signed with the major stakeholders of Haiti’s political class and numerous civil society organizations. He said the agreement plans for the creation of a security environment which can foster the broad participation of citizens in the upcoming elections and sets up a mechanism for government transparency and accountability.

The Haitian Prime Minister said, “I have opted for the quickest path towards free, transparent, inclusive, and non-partisan elections. Some want a longer transition period, but, along with many others, I believe that that is not the right option. I have not given up hope of convincing those who are still reluctant to join the signatories of this agreement so that we can move forward together seeking peace and ongoing dialogue towards lasting solutions to the problems facing our country.”

Henry said, over and above the political crisis, Haiti is dealing with the impact of repeated natural disasters. He said Haiti faced a series of deadly devastating disasters, including the 2010 earthquake, hurricane Matthew in 2016, as well as a 7.2 scale earthquake last month. The Prime Minister said the latest earthquake devastated the Southern peninsula and resulted in at least 2,207 deaths, 344 still missing, and more than 12,268 people injured, and thousands of homes, hospitals, schools, churches, bridges, and roads destroyed.

The Haitian Prime Minister commended the spontaneous outpouring of solidarity by the international community which swiftly mobilized assistance alongside Haitian authorities to provide aid to the victims. He urged the international community to remain collectively engaged in Haiti to help it, not only respond to the immediate humanitarian needs, but also to assist it in the reconstruction process.

SOUNDBITE (French) Ariel Henry, Prime Minister, Haiti:
“There is a need to build back better and in a more resilient way to better cope with climate hazards and natural disasters in general. Once again, we are relying on your proactive assistance, both through existing mechanisms and through new commitments.”

Henry said the focus on reconstruction in the Southern peninsula cannot deter from the fight against poverty in the country. He said his government would continue to work on establishing an environment conducive for an economic recovery and for attracting both national and foreign investments.

The Haitian Prime Minister said some 80 million people have been uprooted from their homes, including some 30 million refugees and asylum seekers. He said this represents a humanitarian crisis which should be of concern to everyone. Henry said, to find a lasting solution to migration, there is a need to tackle the root causes of human displacement. He urged the international community to strengthen measures to improve living conditions in the countries of origin of political and economic refugees.

Henry said, “Over recent days, the images of the way many of my compatriots have been handled at the border between Mexico and the United States have shocked many people. We do not wish to challenge the right of a sovereign state to control the entry of foreigner into its territory or to send back to their country of origin those who enter a country illegally, however, we believe that many countries that are prosperous today have been built through successive waves of migrants and refugees.”

The Haitian Prime Minister said the issue of migration must remind all that human beings will always flee poverty and conflict and strive to offer better living standards to their children. He said migration will continue as long as our planet has both wealthy areas while most of the world’s population lives in poverty, even extreme poverty, without any prospects of a better life.
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