Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Leta Restavek: The Suppression of Democracy in Haiti (COHA)

Source: AP This analysis was prepared by Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) Research Associate Courtney Frantz The U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has suppressed both electoral democracy and free speech in Haiti by organizing fraudulent elections and shutting down peaceful protests, which has helped to exclude Haiti’s poor majority from participation in the electoral process. Recently released WikiLeaks cables reveal the official U.S. view that MINUSTAH has turned out to be an “indispensible… financial and regional security bargain for the USG [U.S. government]” and that the “Aristide [m]ovement [m]ust [b]e [s]topped.”[1] This systematic suppression of democracy has contributed to Haiti’s status as a “‘leta restavek’, or child servant state,” serving foreign interests.[2] In a unanimous resolution, the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council decided on Friday, October 14, 2011 to renew the mandate of the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti […]

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