United Nations Security Council: Paramilitary Groups in Haiti
Haiti has been plagued by many issues, many of which have existed for decades, and others that have emerged more recently. A struggling economy, with 80% of the population living below the poverty line, and a humanitarian crisis as a result, Haiti relies heavily on foreign aid and has accumulated a very large national debt. Life expectancy in Haiti is one of the lowest in the world and many people suffer from malnutrition, violence, infrastructure damage from natural disasters, and general instability. These issues have only been exacerbated by increased political turmoil. Recently, armed conflicts have broken out due to disputes over former President Jovevenal Moise’s assassination. Current Prime Minister Ariel Henry uses the chaos to suspend electing government officials, who haven’t been chosen since January 2023. Armed gangs and corrupt police forces have radiated from the political disorder, causing 3,156 killings and 1,248 kidnappings. How and to what extent should the United Nations intervene? Which methods of humanitarian assistance should be employed? How can foreign powers assist in developing the economy and furthering confidence in government? How should the current prime minister go about reducing corruption and promoting fair elections? Delegates will debate these questions and more while working together to find meaningful and lasting solutions to the crisis in Haiti.