Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

The History and Future of Haiti-DR Relations

Haiti and the Dominican Republic have long had a rocky history but tensions were heightened by a September 2013 ruling that stripped hundreds of thousands of their Dominican citizenship. Friends with Haitian and Dominican roots, Edwidge Danticat and Junot Diaz (respectively), discuss the roots of the two countries’ disputes, racism, activism, and how Haiti and DR can get along better in the future. The Dominican Republic and Haiti: A Shared View from the Diaspora Richard André, Americas Quarterly August 2014 A conversation with Edwidge Danticat and Junot Díaz. In a landmark ruling, the Dominican Republic’s Constitutional Court last September stripped an estimated 210,000 individuals—most of whom are Dominicans born to Haitian sugar cane workers—of their citizenship, effectively leaving them stateless. The ensuing outcry from the international community has included Junot Díaz and Edwidge Danticat—two of the best-known contemporary authors from the […]

Cholera and the Road to Modernity: Lessons from One Latin American Epidemic for Another

By Jonathan Weigel and Paul Farmer, Americas Quarterly August 6, 2012 A bold, comprehensive campaign to control cholera in Haiti could save thousands of lives. So why the holdup? Haiti is currently battling the world’s largest cholera epidemic in half a century. An integrated, comprehensive response—including case-finding and rapid treatment, water and sanitation efforts, and vaccination—could bring cholera to heel on Hispaniola and help prevent its spread elsewhere in the region.1 But the local and international response has, to date, fallen short. Tens of thousands of cases and hundreds of deaths were reported in May and June of this year.2 If the disease had appeared in the United States or elsewhere in the developed world, all available control tools would have been deployed. But the safe, effective and inexpensive cholera vaccine has only recently become available in Haiti. In April, the […]

Time for UN Peacekeepers to Rethink their Role in Haiti

Abby Goldberg, Americas Quarterly February 21, 2012 Last week, a United Nations Security Council delegation visited Haiti to assess the 10,500-member peacekeeping force, known as the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti or MINUSTAH. The visit was to assess security needs in Haiti before the UN Security Council makes a decision about whether to reduce the number of forces stationed in the country. In a complete departure from past assessment missions, this trip included minimal assessment of actual peacekeeping, the reason MINUSTAH was sent to Haiti in the first place. Instead, the Security Council focused primarily on two major afflictions caused by MINUSTAH: Their admitted introduction of cholera to Haiti and corresponding failure to respond adequately despite ongoing death and illness, as well as reports of sexual abuse by peacekeeping troops, some of which were even recorded on film. Both of […]

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