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Date: Wed, 4 Nov 1998 15:15:41 -0800 (PST)
From: Robert Corbett <bcorbett@netcom.com>
Subject: 1997 crime statistics
To: Bob Corbett <bcorbett@netcom.com>
Message-ID: <Pine.3.89.9811041512.A6111-0100000@netcom9>

From: Rachel Neild <RNeild@wola.org>

1997 crime statistics

From Rachel Neild, 4 November 1998

I just received a copy of the National Police compilation of crime statistics for July to December 1997. They are very basic crime stats on numbers of crimes by types. I do have regional breakdowns, but not in a form I can post right now. Suffice to say that, overall, 59% of the crime took place in the Department of the West. They are not by age, sex or any other variable.

The introduction acknowledges that PNH systems are rudimentary and that they lack much information. I have heard from other sources that these statistics are based on reports from the 9 departmental police commanders and thus depends greatly on the quaility of local police leadership (which varies wildly). I would suspect that these figures are partial, particularly for certain regions. I would be intreested in reflections on this data from corbeteers.

Total crime by region:
West 59%
Artibonite 9%
South East 8%
North 6%
South 5%
Centre 5%
North East 3%
Grand Anse 2%
North West 2%

Nationwide totals by type of crime for the period July through December 1997.
Crimes against the person:
Murder 269
Murder attempts 70
Assault 155
Rapes 61
Assault and battery 43
Bodies found 97
Lynchings 57
Involunatry homicide 6
Suicides 4
Other 53
Overvall total 815

There is a section on crimes against police. There were 10 killings of police, 10 attempted assaults, and 2 cases of assault and battery, and 65 assaults during the same period.

Property crimes:
Armed robbery 196
Beak in and entering property 61
Break in and burglary 19
Burglary 78
Fraud 38
Arson 7
Overall total 399

Trafficking offences:
Drugs 40  
Counterfeiting 22
Weapons 2
Overall total 64

Organized crime:
Drugs 40  
Corruption 18
Overall total 58

Breaking regulations:
Illegal possession of arms 129
Usurpation of title 14
Overall total 143

Public Order:
Demonstrations and barricades 27
Strikes 15
Distributing tracts 3
Occupying locales 5
Sequestration cadres 7
 (don't know how to translate this)
Offences 5
Various 27
Overall total 122

Date: Thu, 5 Nov 1998 08:00:13 -0800 (PST)
From: Robert Corbett <bcorbett@netcom.com>
Subject: Re: 1997 crime statistics : Arthur comments
To: Bob Corbett <bcorbett@netcom.com>
Message-ID: <Pine.3.89.9811050748.A23601-0100000@netcom18>

From: Haiti Support Group <haitisupport@gn.apc.org>

I am particularly interested in the 'crimes' of demonstration, strike, and distributing tracts. How do these 'offences' fit in with the following parts of the 1987, and current, Constitution?

'ARTICLE 28: Every Haitian has the right to express his opinions freely on any matter by any means he chooses.'

'ARTICLE 31: Freedom of unarmed assembly and association for political, economic, social, cultural or any other peaceful purposes is guaranteed.'

'ARTICLE 35-5: The right to strike is recognized under the limits set by law.'

I can see that 'ARTICLE 31-2: The police authorities must be notified in advance of assemblies outdoors in public places.' would make an unannounced demonstration illegal but it does not account for the listing of strikes and distribution of tracts. What are the limits set by the law for strikes anyway?

Strange, no.

Charles Arthur

Haiti Support Group (haitisupport@gn.apc.org)