The AHRC has awarded a grant to Prof Siobhán Wills and Prof Cahal McLaughlin (QUB) for the project 'Using Participatory Film Practices to Investigate the November 2018 Lasalin Massacre in Haiti'.
The Port-au-Prince neighbourhood of Lasalin was attacked in November 2018. Investigations by the UN Mission for Justice in Haiti (MINUJUSTH), the Haitian Réseau National de Défense des Droits Humains (RNDDH) and the National Lawyers Guild (USA), concluded that the attack was undertaken with the complicity of the Haitian government and that the attackers include senior police officers - but the government denies responsibility. RNDDH interviewed 439 Lasalin residents as well as the police, judiciary and local political leaders, and concluded that at least 71 people were killed. Houses and the hospital were destroyed and the water supply poisoned which means that residents cannot continue living there and some are camping on the beach.
The research will assess the UN's responsibilities, challenges, and lessons learned, in light of the UN's Human Rights Due Diligence Policy and the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 16 to 'promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions.' MINUJUSTH is mandated to use all necessary means to protect civilians from violence and to support the government to protect human rights. It will draw-down in Oct. 2019. A temporary UN Integrated Office, BINUH, will operate in Haiti from Oct. 2019 to Oct. 2020.