Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

How “The International Community” Undermines Haiti

This article discusses what led to the postponement of Haiti’s final round of elections, despite the efforts of the international community to proceed regardless of major flaws in the process and outcome. The author also explains how “the international community” is usually a euphemism for the United States and this latest political crisis is symptomatic of the larger problem of US involvement in Haiti. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. For US in Haiti, black votes don’t matter In rare defeat for Washington, Haitians force postponement of elections Mark Weisbrot, Al Jazeera America January 29, 2016 Journalists are taught in school to avoid euphemisms. When someone dies, they write that she “died” instead of “passed away.” But one euphemism that has become a fixture in U.S. news reporting is “the international community.” This is generally […]

Déclaration de FIDH, RNDDH et CEDH sur la crise électorale

Fédération Internationale des Ligues des Droits de l’Homme – FIDH Réseau National de Défense des Droits Humains – RNDDH Centre Oecuménique des Droits Humains – CEDH Haïti : Sortir de la crise politique par des élections apaisées, libres et crédibles Port-au-Prince, Paris, le 29 janvier 2016 – Haïti est plongé dans une crise politique préoccupante depuis les fraudes constatées lors des scrutins législatifs et présidentiel du 25 octobre 2015 qui ont entrainé la contestation des résultats par les partis d’opposition, des manifestations violentes et un double report du deuxième tour de l’élection présidentielle. Nos organisations appellent le président sortant Michel Martelly à quitter ses fonctions dans le délai prévu par la Constitution, soit le 7 février 2016. Elles appellent également les partis politiques à trouver le plus rapidement possible un accord menant à l’organisation d’élections apaisées, libres et crédibles aux fins […]

Advocates Call on UN to Prevent Troops from Introducing Cholera to Host Countries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kermshlise Picard, Communications Coordinator, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, media@ijdh.org; +1-617-652-0876 (Interviews available in English, French & Kreyòl).) Advocates Call on UN to Prevent Troops from Introducing Cholera to Host Countries  New Study Suggests Peacekeeping Host Countries Remain Vulnerable (BOSTON, January 29, 2015)—Human rights advocates welcome a new study by Yale University published this week in the renowned medical journal PLOS Medicine, which provides new evidence that the United Nations (UN) is not using the most effective measures available to prevent initiating another cholera disaster in peacekeeping host countries. The study examines the effectiveness of three pre-deployment interventions that could stop peacekeepers from bringing cholera to the vulnerable countries where they operate: vaccination, screening, and antibiotic prophylaxis.  It finds screening and use of prophylactic antibiotics to be the most effective interventions. Both of these […]

Haitian Protesters Demand End to International Meddling

By Nancy Young IJDH Volunteer At the beginning of the demonstration the protesters in front of the US Embassy in Port-au-Prince chanted “Obama e Martelly ap kraze peyi a.” The grim message was belied by the exuberance of the protesters: US President Barack Obama and Haitian President Michel Martelly are trying to crush Haiti. It was the second protest in as many weeks. The first, on Jan. 21 had both an immediate and long term goal: the cancellation of elections scheduled for Jan. 24 and the end of interference by the international community – chiefly the US – in Haiti’s democracy. The first goal was met when, late in the afternoon on Jan. 22, Haiti’s electoral commission canceled the elections scheduled to start less than two days later. Somewhat shamelessly, the commission blamed the cancellation on security issues – not […]

Le Canada explique son empressement à tenir des élections en Haïti

Jusqu’à l’annulation des élections en Haïti, la communauté internationale poussait Haïti pour procéder malgré les défauts graves. Le Canada a été l’un de ces pays. Dans cet article, le Canada défend ses actions, notant le gros investissement financier qu’il a apporté à ces élections. Partie de l’article est ci-dessous. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complet. Le Canada défend son rôle dans le fiasco électoral Guillaume Bourgault-Côté, Le Devoir 28 janvier 2016 Les critiques abondent à Port-au-Prince pour dénoncer les pressions que la communauté internationale aurait mises pour que se tiennent à tout prix les élections avortées du 24 janvier. Et c’est là une crise politique qui touche aussi le Canada : Ottawa a en effet investi 20 millions dans l’organisation de ces élections, a appris Le Devoir. Selon les informations transmises par le cabinet du ministre des Affaires étrangères, Stéphane Dion, le Canada a « versé […]

American Rabbis Speak Out on DR’s Discriminatory Policies

After a trip to the Dominican Republic, a group of U.S. rabbis is inspired to speak out against DR’s unjust citizenship polities, which have resulted in countless people becoming stateless. The rabbis likened the treatment of people of Haitian descent in DR to the treatment of Jews at tragic times in world history. One rabbi hopes to mobilize American Jews on this issue. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. US rabbis speak out against Dominican Republic’s citizenship law Dominican Republic’s treatment of people of Haitian descent is like discrimination Jews have faced, rabbis say Renee Lewis, Al Jazeera America January 28, 2016 The Dominican Republic’s treatment of people of Haitian descent resembles the discrimination Jews have faced through their history, said a group of U.S. rabbis who visited the Caribbean island Thursday. Hundreds of thousands of […]

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