Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

International intervention has contributed to broken politics in Haiti

With international actors meddling in Haiti’s political and economic affairs, many believe that it will lead to further downfall for the country.

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Haiti is broken because of intervention

Letters to the Editor, Washington Post

January 9, 2015

Postponed Elections_Miami Herald

The Dec. 28 editorial “Haiti’s broken politics” concluded that, absent international intervention, Haiti will crumble into anarchy. In fact, Haiti’s crisis is, in large part, a consequence of U.S. and international intervention.

This country has been occupied by U.N. soldiers for more than a decade. And it was U.S. pressure that led to the 2010 elections, months after the earthquake and weeks after the eruption of a virulent cholera outbreak, introduced by those U.N. troops. Fewer than 23 percent of registered voters cast a ballot.

President Michel Martelly has never had a democratic mandate. It was only after a nine-member team from the Organization of American States, controlled by the United States and its allies, reversed the first-round results — in an unprecedented maneuver and without justification — that Mr. Martelly even made it to the second round.

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