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Political “Stability” Over True Democracy in Haiti

Haiti just elected a new president, Jovenel Moïse, after over a year of delays and even a rerun of the elections that originally placed Moïse as the front-runner. Unfortunately, and to the concern of many, Moïse was chosen by less than 10% of the electorate with only 20% of voters even participating at all. The complicated reasons for this lack of voter participation have been decades in the making, including consolidation of power on the right; coups against a popular Haitian leader; and interference by the international community. As IJDH Director Brian Concannon describes, much of the weaknesses and limitations on the left “can be explained by the undermining and overthrowing of the Lavalas governments, which prevented them from demonstrating how democracy can work, and the killing, jailing, and exiling of important leaders.” Frustrated with all this, most Haitians cannot picture their […]

Details on Drug-Related Arrest of Elected Haitian Senator

Four days before he would officially become a Haitian Senator, 2004 coup leader Guy Philippe was arrested on drug charges from 2005. He was arrested by Haitian National Police after appearing on a radio show, and brought to Miami by U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agents. His arrest apparently comes at a time when Philippe was vulnerable – between immunity from being a political candidate and immunity that would have come from being a Senator. This article provides more details on what allowed this arrest to happen, and some reactions from a US attorney. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti’s Philippe dropped his guard before his capture by U.S. agents Jacqueline Charles and Jay Weaver, Miami Herald January 6, 2017 Four days before his arrest, ex-rebel leader and newly elected Haitian Senator Guy Philippe swaggered […]

Alleged Drug Trafficker Arrested Before Becoming Haiti Senator

Guy Philippe, who helped orchestrated the 2004 coup against then-President Aristide, has been wanted by the US DEA since 2005 but somehow managed to elude the DEA. Finally, just four days before he was set to be sworn in as a Senator in Haiti, he was arrested by the Haitian National Police and handed over to the DEA. Many say this is a last-minute effort to prevent Philippe from gaining the immunity from arrest or prosecution that lawmakers enjoy. There are mixed reactions in Haiti but one activist who approves of the arrest only laments that more criminals who were voted into office haven’t also been arrested. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Former Haiti coup leader Guy Philippe arrested Jacqueline Charles and Jay Weaver, Miami Herald January 5, 2017 Former Haiti coup leader Guy Philippe, who […]

“Kenbe Fèm” with BAI and IJDH

Dear [[Short_Salutation]], I know that many of you in the U.S. and elsewhere are concerned about the future. We are concerned in Haiti too—the 21st Century has already brought us a coup d’état, manipulated elections, intense political oppression, an earthquake, a cholera epidemic and several deadly hurricanes. Haitians often say “kenbe fem”- “hang in there”, “stand firm”. We use it casually, when friends take leave to face the daily challenges of life here. We use it more seriously, too, to encourage each other to stay strong in the face of particularly weighty challenges. We not only hang in there, but we resist, mobilize and fight back. We successfully reversed the 2004 coup, stopped manipulated elections last January, survived the earthquake and hurricanes, and earlier this month, forced the UN to respond justly to its cholera epidemic.  Our secret to success […]

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 […]

Paramilitaries Attack a Police Station in Haiti

Before dawn on May 16, a group of paramilitaries attacked the police station in Haiti’s third-largest city, resulting in four deaths and many injuries. An interview with one of the attackers, Théléus, revealed that they were under the command of Guy Philippe, a Senate candidate who helped lead the 2004 coup d’ état and is wanted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for drug trafficking. Théléus said that this attack is part of a larger plan to attack police stations all over Haiti, create havoc, and overthrow the provisional president. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Guy Philippe’s Paramilitaries Launch Deadly Attack Against the Aux Cayes Police Station Yves Pierre-Louis, Haïti Liberté May 18, 2016 In the hours before dawn on Mon., May 16, 2016, heavily armed assailants, dressed in green and camouflage army uniforms, attacked the main […]

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