An arms trafficking scandal involving the Episcopal Church has highlighted the privileged customs statuses that religious and non-governmental organizations enjoy in Haiti, which may offer arms traffickers a route to bring high-powered weapons into the country.
Haiti’s National Human Rights Defense Network (Réseau National des Défense de Droits Humains – RNDDH) released a report on October 14, regarding arms trafficking accusations for which three church officials and other individuals have so far been arrested.