Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Un Peacekeepers Father Children, Leaving Haitians in Increased Poverty

Despite protocols and rules saying that United Nations peacekeepers should not have sexual relations with local people when they’re deployed, sexual abuse and exploitation has become a major problem in UN missions worldwide. An even bigger problem is when those relations result in fatherless children and leave the mothers even poorer than before the peacekeepers arrived. Since 2010, at least 15 children were fathered by peacekeepers in Haiti. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Quebec police officers engaged in sexual misconduct in Haiti Jean-Philippe Robillard, CBC News April 6, 2016 Several Quebec police officers engaged in sexual misconduct while working as UN peacekeepers in Haiti, including at least two who had children with Haitian women during the course of their mission, Radio-Canada has learned. “There’s a code of silence. The cases that are not reported are kept secret. […]

With a new interim president, what can we expect for Haiti elections?

Haiti now has an interim president whose mandate is to organize new elections before stepping down in 120 days. Many are worried that this won’t be enough time to give the previous problems with the elections the attention they deserve. In this interview, Jake Johnston of Center for Economic and Policy Research cautions against setting expectations without knowing how realistic they are. After all, the international community’s tendency to force such timelines is one of the reasons the political crisis has gotten so serious. Click HERE for the full posting and other guest interviews. With no sitting president, Haiti grapples with renewed political turmoil Anna Maria Tremonti, CBC Radio’s The Current February 15, 2016 It’s been 30 years since Haiti’s former dictator, Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, was ousted and exiled, leaving a power vacuum at the top. Last week, the country found […]

How Foreign “Help” Hurts Haiti

More than 5 years after Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, many are still asking “where did all the money go?” This article analyzes the effects of aid efforts that don’t acknowledge the opinions or needs of the local population and end up hurting more than helping, like the Caracol Industrial park built in the north of Haiti. Supposedly, the park was part of the Clintons’ efforts to “build back better” but it hasn’t lived up to any of its promises and even resulted in subsistence farmers losing their fertile land. The article also discusses food insecurity in Haiti. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti shows how wealthy countries ‘continue to cause disaster’ Workers get paltry wages at foreign firms that ‘extract the profits from their labour,’ researcher says Nicola Luksic & Tom Howell, CBC News September 15, […]

Review of Excellent CBC News Cholera Segment

This article summarizes a very well-done segment (see bottom of post) by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on how the UN’s response to cholera in Haiti is affecting their response to the disaster in the Phillippines.  The CBC piece features Steven Lewis, former Canadian Ambassador to the UN, and IJDH’s own Nicole Phillips. CBC News examines implications of Haiti cholera lawsuit for UN operations worldwide, including in the Philippines Roger Annis, Vancouver Observer November 14, 2013 Photo from CBC “World at Six” promo for segment on Haiti cholera story This evening, a very informative and revealing story about the lawsuit against the United Nations over cholera in Haiti was broadcast on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s national evening news program, The World At Six. The report began, “The United Nations is among those leading the effort to get aid to the Philippines. But even […]

CBC Radio One, As it Happens Reports on Duvalier Case

Thursday, March 7, 2013 CBC As it Happens CBC Radio, As it happens reports  the recent, historic court appearance of Jean-Claude Duvalier in Haiti. The report includes the interview with Nicole Phillips, the attorney with the IJDH about  court proceedings in Port-au-Prince. Click HERE to listen to the original broadcast.

Canada presses for Haitian elections

CBC News Canada is pressuring Haiti to make a firm commitment to holding elections by the end of the year as domestic opposition grows to President René Préval’s response to the earthquake. Haiti’s constitution stipulates presidential elections be held Nov. 28, ahead of the scheduled end to Préval’s five-year term in February 2011. Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon says Canada would like to see elections in Haiti by the end of the year. (CBC) But Préval has so far seemed ambivalent at the prospect of holding elections so soon after the earthquake. Earlier this month he announced plans to stay in power up to three months past the end of his term if the election is delayed. That option has not found favour among Haiti’s international backers. “We’re looking for a commitment from the government,” Cannon said Friday after addressing […]

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