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Haiti Launches the People’s Tribunal on U.S. Occupation/Domination

This article discusses the 1915-1934 US Marine Occupation of Haiti and the consequences that last even til today, including a reliance on NGOs, land rights problems, and tension between Haiti and DR (which was also occupied by Marines). Haitians are creating the People’s Tribunal “To reinforce the people’s foundations of consciousness-raising and mobilization to accomplish a political de-occupation, economic de-occupation, and a cultural and ideological de-occupation of the country.” One of the organizations helping with this movement is Bureau des Avocats Internationaux. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. “People’s Tribunal” Launched in Haiti to Commemorate 101 Years of U.S. Occupation Mark Schuller, Counterpunch August 2, 2016 Thursday, July 28, when Hillary Rodham Clinton took to the stage to accept the Democratic nomination to be the first female candidate of a major political party for president, was […]

Six Years Later, Earthquake Aid Failures Forgotten?

This year’s 2010 earthquake anniversary saw much less press coverage than did previous years’ and this article asks why, especially given all the questions that remain unanswered. In many cases, it seems like the outpouring of aid money did more harm than good in Haiti and it is still unclear where a huge portion of it went or what it did. This article suggests re-evaluating the humanitarian aid system and recognizing the problems it created in Haiti after the earthquake. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Humanitarian Aftershocks in Haiti Mark Schuller, Counterpunch January 18, 2016 This Tuesday, the sixth anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti came and went with little fanfare. On the one hand, this could be a sign of moving on. As Gina Athena Ulysse has powerfully demonstrated, Haiti needs new narratives. Maybe […]

CounterPunch Recommends How Human Rights Can Build Haiti

These authors give a glowing review of Fran Quigley’s latest book, How Human Rights Can Build Haiti. While applauding BAI’s and IJDH’s fight for justice and accountability, they also give an overview of Haiti’s history to put the “fight” in context. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in human rights, not just in Haiti but in any country where those rights are often ignored. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. From the Bottom Up Democracy Works in Haiti Daniel Raventos and Julie Wark, CounterPunch November 17, 2014 “Democracy works in Haiti.” Brian Concannon (who made the statement, p. 157), Mario Joseph, Fran Quigley, the author of How Human Rights Can Build Haiti: Activists, Lawyers and the Grassroots Campaign, and other supporters of the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and the Boston-based Institute for Justice and Democracy […]

Free Michael Posner, The U.S. Holds the Key to Duvalier Prosecution

Fran Quigley, Counterpunch March 1st , 2013 Port-au-Prince. I am in the courtroom for a hearing on the cases charging that Jean-Claude Duvalier committed massive human rights violations during his tenure as Haiti’s president from 1971 to 1986. The courtroom is mobbed—black-robed lawyers, TV cameramen shining lights straight onto the panel of judges, and viktims of Duvalier’s murderous regime all jostle for space. It is a big day. After ignoring multiple orders to appear in court, the former President-for-Life has finally shown up to answer questions. Body heat and a distinct lack of ventilation have made the courtroom a virtual sauna. One Haitian journalist emerges from the scrum after an hour, soaking wet and shaking his head. “It is hell in there,” he says in Creole. “Duvalier is in there,” someone replies. “What did you expect? Paradise?” But even with this overflow crowd, […]

UN responds to cholera crisis in Haiti with repackaged aid

Roger Annis, Counterpunch and Haiti Liberte December 19, 2012 In a short ceremony in New York City on Dec. 11, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced what appeared to be an important nod to international grassroots pressure to fund a universal treatment and prevention program for cholera in Haiti. He said that  $215 million from bilateral and multilateral donors and $23.5 million from the UN’s own coffers were being pledged to a plan by the governments of Haiti and the Dominican Republic to limit the spread of cholera and eventually eliminate the disease from the island that the two countries share. However, on closer examination, it turns out that the $23.5 million is the only new money involved, amounting to a mere one percent of the $2.2 billion some estimate it will cost to eliminate cholera. Also, Ban did not acknowledge that UN troops brought […]

Solidarity After the Storm : Poor Peoples Movements from South Africa and Haiti Share Lessons More Urgent Now than Ever

Laura Raymond & Jeena Shah, Counterpunch November 2-4, 2012, While the extent of Hurricane Sandy’s damage in the U.S. and the Caribbean is still being assessed, what’s already clear is that across the map the recovery process will be long and require massive financial and human investments by both governments and non-governmental groups alike. Lessons learned from the earthquake recovery in Haiti, particularly regarding the importance of international solidarity and recovery based on the needs of those most directly impacted, are critical for us all to heed. Though Sandy did not even directly hit Haiti, at least 52 Haitians lost their lives in the storm. Haitian activist Patrick Elie told Democracy Now on October 29, given the vulnerability of Haiti’s environment, “roads have been destroyed. Whole villages have, for all intent and purposes, disappeared.” Those who were still homeless from the […]

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