The Catholic Church calls on Ariel Henry to step aside

The Catholic Church calls on Ariel Henry to step aside
New Prime Minister Ariel Henry walks up a set of stairs escorted by his security detail after after his appointment in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, July 20, 2021, weeks after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise at his home. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn)

The Conference of Bishops of Haiti issued an urgent statement today, urging Prime Minister Ariel Henry to take decisive action to halt the spiral of violence gripping the country. In a climate of heightened political and social tensions, the Catholic Church has unequivocally aligned itself with peace and national security.

“Stop the bloodshed and cease the loss of lives!” declared the Haitian bishops in a press release this morning. They demanded an immediate halt to the violence, which has already claimed the lives of numerous innocent individuals and continues to imperil the nation’s stability.

In their declaration, the bishops expressed profound concern regarding the ongoing deterioration of the security and humanitarian situation in Haiti. They underscored the government’s duty to safeguard the lives and rights of all Haitian citizens, as well as to ensure the nation’s security and stability.

“We implore Prime Minister Ariel Henry to act with wisdom and courage in seeking peaceful and enduring solutions to the current crisis,” stated the bishops. Additionally, they called upon all political, social, and economic stakeholders to demonstrate responsibility and restraint in their actions, thereby averting any escalation of violence and chaos.


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