Minister Casimir Condemned Recent Attacks Against Catholics In Haiti

Recently, on March 17 2015, Pierre Richard Casimir, the Minister of Justice and Public Security (MJSP) accompanied by other important representatives and officials from the administration, held a meeting with the representatives of the Haitian Conference of Religious and condemned every attack against the religious communities in Haiti. Haitian religious congregations play a very important role in training several Haitian generations. The Haitian Religious Conference (HCR) includes 96 congregations with more than 3,000 Sisters, Brothers and Fathers of 30 different nationalities. As per recent statement by the HRC, between October 2014 to the present day, 25 Sisters residences have been attacked, some of them were repeated, including the Charismatic Renewal Center in Tabarre. Men armed with guns, spears and sticks have threatened, insulted and brutalized nuns and other religious members and robbed everything they found. Some of the victims have been hospitalized. At least 18 congregations and offices were reported to have been affected.


The Minister Casimir has also said that this vandalism will not be tolerated any more. The police has been given instruction to track down the perpetrators. The police and the justice are already on a good track, several arrests have been made. Professional Association of Banks (APB) has been employed to counter the robbing of customers within their vicinity.

While addressing hundreds of religious at a vigil on March 9 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption in Les Cayes, Cardinal Chibly Langlois has blamed the Haitian police as it failed to protect its religious and priests from the growing number of robberies, break-ins and attacks, including rape. The religious conference urged the local and national governments to step up their response to the crimes. The religious present there later silently processed through downtown Les Cayes, carrying signs reading "We're one family" and "We need security."

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