Departing UN official blasts Haiti's rights record

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Associated Press

Posted on March 28, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 28 at 7:04 PM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The United Nations official who was in charge of monitoring human rights in Haiti is condemning the country's legal system as he leaves his post.

Michel Forst says in an open letter that arbitrary and illegal arrests continue, the government is interfering in the justice system and an official has threatened journalists.

Forst was the U.N.'s independent expert on human rights in Haiti until he resigned last week. He said he left the position because he was "called to other duties."

There was no immediate response from the government of President Michel Martelly.

Forst gave a copy of the letter to The Associated Press on Thursday.

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