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Good morning, this is Paula. As the UN Human Rights Council wound down on its final day, a unique resolution presented by Haiti signalled a renewed call for international assistance in fighting gang violence.

War crimes committed in Ukraine were also on Tuesday’s agenda in the council, with countries agreeing to extend the mandate of an UN-backed investigative body. And the ICRC has announced it will cut 1,500 jobs across the globe as it struggles with a wide funding gap to cover its operations.

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Haitian delegation at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva ahead of presenting a resolution on 4 April 2023. (Geneva Solutions/Paula Dupraz-Dobias)

Haiti crisis crossing lines at UN bodies. As the United Nations Human Rights Council wound up its nearly six-week-long session, a unique proposal presented by Haiti – after being amended – was approved by member states. The resolution not only called for a human rights expert to review the situation in the country but for ‘international action’ to help it fight gang violence. The decision comes after the government has failed to garner support for its request for international intervention in the UN Security Council.

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