Canada increases support for Haitian justice,security institutions

13:02, May 06, 2010      

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Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon announced Wednesday that Canada would increase its support for Haitian justice and security institutions by 10 million Canadian dollars (about 9.712 million U.S. dollars) over last year’s contribution, to a total of 25 million Canadian dollars.

“Canada’s increased funding will help the Government of Haiti respond to its citizens’pressing justice and security needs,”said Cannon. “These funds will support projects addressing Haiti’s post-earthquake needs and priorities in the areas of policing, prisons, border control and access to justice.”

As one of the leading donors to justice and security system reform in Haiti, Canada provides targeted support to develop the capacity of Haitian institutions. New and ongoing projects include the provision of vehicles and classrooms for police, the rehabilitation of police stations along Haiti’s border with the Dominican Republic and the deployment of up to 150 Canadian police officers to the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti to train and mentor their Haitian counterparts.

At the March 31 international donors’conference in New York, Canada pledged 400 million Canadian dollars to help Haiti recover from the devastating January 12 earthquake.

Those funds are in addition to Canada’s existing five-year, 2006-2011, 555-million Canadian dollars commitment to Haiti.

Canada is implementing a coordinated set of programs to meet the needs of Haiti’s people, strengthen state institutions, reduce instability and improve safety, access to basic services and living conditions.



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