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A DEA Fugitive Runs for Haitian Senate

Guy Philippe is wanted by the US Drug Enforcement Agency for charges including conspiracy to import cocaine into the U.S. He’s also running for Senate in Haiti, with a lot of support from the town where his father was mayor. He even campaigned with one of the top presidential candidates earlier this year. Though there are many questions about Guy Philippe’s shady actions, he warns that if he loses the Senate race, there will be trouble. From remote stronghold, Haiti fugitive seeks political power David McFadden, Associated Press September 6, 2016 PESTEL, Haiti (AP) — Fishermen gathered eagerly at a rickety wooden pier to welcome a boat carrying Haiti’s most divisive and provocative political candidate. The crowd quickly cleared a path as Guy Philippe stepped to shore and began shaking hands and slapping backs. More people emerged to see the man […]

Special Verification Commission Declares Massive Fraud in Haitian Presidential Elections

After being installed by Haiti’s interim President Jocelerme Privert one month ago, a five-member verification commission charged with evaluating the 2015 presidential elections came to the conclusion that electoral fraud indeed appeared to have been masterminded at the highest level. On Monday, Commission President Pierre Francois Benoit recommended a complete re-run to the final decision making body, the reconfigured Provisional Electoral Council. Benoit pointed to signs of significant fraud, including multiple ballots with the same fingerprint and deceased voter participation. The first place candidate of the election was Jovenel Moise, a Tet Kale party candidate handpicked and well-funded by the previous President Michel Martelly. Moise has yet to comment on the commission’s findings. While some international monitors believe the fall balloting reflects the true will of the voters, number two finisher Jude Celestin has voiced his discontent in conjunction with the expressed concern of several civil society groups. […]

Haiti Preps for Election Verification Through Continued U.S. Pressure

As Haiti prepares for the long-awaited election verification, the U.S. State Department’s special coordinator for Haiti has been meeting with Haitian officials. The U.S. stance is to complete the verification process as soon as possible and not change any of the previous election results. But what if the verification discovers the massive fraud that those in favor of verification have alleged? US official visits Haiti to assess progress toward elections David McFadden, The Washington Post April 28, 2016 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The U.S. State Department’s special coordinator for Haiti arrived in the troubled Caribbean nation Thursday seeking to help resolve a political standoff that has left elections in limbo. Kenneth Merten began talks with Haitian officials and international partners focusing on steps needed to conclude a stalled electoral cycle that began last year. The U.S. was careful in its language, saying Merten […]

Triple Murder of Disabled Haitian Women Highlights the Need for Change

People with disabilities are often stigmatized and vulnerable in society, particularly in developing countries. Haiti is no exception and this was recently highlighted by the brutal murders of three deaf women who were walking home together at night. This triple murder has sparked protests and other advocacy from disabled rights groups who are trying to change the perceptions of disabled people in Haiti. Nicole Phillips, an IJDH Staff Attorney who is now working on this case, is quoted in this article. Slaying of 3 deaf women in Haiti highlights vulnerability David McFadden, AP April 25, 2016 LEVEQUE, Haiti (AP) — The three friends had spent the day stocking up on food in the Haitian capital when they left for their village, setting off on the 20-mile trip home by foot because the minibuses known as tap-taps weren’t running after a bridge […]

Murder of 3 Deaf Women Sparks Protests in Haiti

Three deaf women were tortured and brutally murdered while walking home late at night, sparking a huge protest by disability rights groups and their supporters in Haiti’s capital on April 1. Though the wife of one man implicated in this crime tried to make excuses for him, advocates say that violence against disabled women is all too common. According to IJDH’s Nicole Phillips, deaf women are attacked in particular because they can’t scream. Haiti protest demands justice for 3 slain deaf women David McFadden, Yahoo! News April 1, 2016 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Hundreds of protesters marched in Haiti’s capital on Friday to demand justice following the brutal killings of three deaf women who were tortured, stoned and left in a gully by attackers. Mickelson Jean, leader of a Haitian association for the deaf, was one of roughly 300 people who […]

6 years later, cholera still killing many in Haiti

The Associated Press reports that cholera is still killing dozens of people every month in Haiti, six years after UN peacemakers brought the illness to the country after the 2010 earthquake. The World Health Organization is now considering cholera as “endemic” in Haiti, underlining the continuous presence of the preventable disease for the past six years. The article reports that “new research published by the U.S. Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention suggests cholera’s death toll in Haiti could have been significantly higher due to inadequate reporting early in the outbreak.” Click HERE for the original article. Cholera quietly still kills dozens a month in Haiti David McFadden, Associated Press March 3, 2016 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — More than a dozen people reclined on cots inside the clinic in the Haitian capital, a few so sick they were receiving […]

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