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International Community Pushes Haitian Elections By Reducing Aid

At a time when Haitians are particularly vulnerable due to a drought and ensuing food shortages, the international community is withholding aid and donations. Throughout the electoral process, international actors have been urging Haiti to hold elections as soon as possible, despite rampant fraud and other problems with the elections. Now that Haiti has a transitional government which is set to end on May 14, the international community is upping the pressure to hold elections, even though many Haitians are calling for a verification of the previous rounds. As one Haiti expert puts it, “International assistance has always been ‘political,’ so this is not really new. Dependent countries like Haiti have very limited room to maneuver; their sovereignty is always at bay.” Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. As Haiti Political Crisis Deepens, International […]

The parallels between Martelly’s presidency and Trump’s campaign

In a thought-provoking piece, Jonathan Katz compares Martelly’s (whose presidential mandate ended on February 7th) campaign in 2011 to the current Donald Trump campaign. In addition to both being pop stars before turning to politics and being considered “jokes” at the start of their campaigns, Martelly and Trump garner their support from frustrated men who feel dismissed by establishment politics. Katz suggests that there might be disastrous consequences if Trump accesses power, based on Martelly’s calamitous record as a president between 2011 and 2015. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. What Happens When a Celebrity Becomes President Jonathan M. Katz, The Atlantic February 9, 2016 With his country descending into its worst political crisis since a 2004 coup d’etat, and thousands of people demanding his resignation in the streets, Haiti’s embattled outgoing president, Michel Martelly, went back […]

Martelly Departs and Parliament to Choose Interim Government

An agreement was finally reached on how Haiti will proceed through its current political crisis. Michel Martelly agreed to step down as President on February 7, as mandated by Haiti’s Constitution. In his place, Parliament will select an interim president from an opposition party. After that president is in place, a consensus prime minister will be chosen and then the October round of elections will be reviewed. What still remains to be seen is who will lead the interim government, and whether the original October election results will be overturned or some other solution sought. Michel Martelly, Haiti’s President, Departs Without a Successor Frances Robles, The New York Times February 7, 2016 Thirty years to the day after Haiti’s last dictator fled the impoverished nation as it took its first wobbly steps toward democracy, another leader stepped down Sunday, without a successor […]

Déclaration de FIDH, RNDDH et CEDH sur la crise électorale

Fédération Internationale des Ligues des Droits de l’Homme – FIDH Réseau National de Défense des Droits Humains – RNDDH Centre Oecuménique des Droits Humains – CEDH Haïti : Sortir de la crise politique par des élections apaisées, libres et crédibles Port-au-Prince, Paris, le 29 janvier 2016 – Haïti est plongé dans une crise politique préoccupante depuis les fraudes constatées lors des scrutins législatifs et présidentiel du 25 octobre 2015 qui ont entrainé la contestation des résultats par les partis d’opposition, des manifestations violentes et un double report du deuxième tour de l’élection présidentielle. Nos organisations appellent le président sortant Michel Martelly à quitter ses fonctions dans le délai prévu par la Constitution, soit le 7 février 2016. Elles appellent également les partis politiques à trouver le plus rapidement possible un accord menant à l’organisation d’élections apaisées, libres et crédibles aux fins […]

Haiti Faces Political Crisis and Opportunity

Haiti avoided a political disaster by postponing elections that were wildly unpopular due to fraud and other concerns about their legitimacy. Now, the situation is still troubling but Haiti has an opportunity to have more fair, democratic elections in the future. What will happen next? Haiti’s leadership is in limbo as political crisis looms Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times January 27, 2016 With Haiti’s presidential elections postponed again and just over a week left until the current leader’s term expires, various political factions are negotiating to avert a constitutional crisis that could leave the Western hemisphere’s poorest nation with nobody clearly in charge. The vote was supposed to occur last Sunday, but election authorities last week postponed it indefinitely due to security concerns, including attacks that had occurred on election offices. It was the third time the vote — a […]

Does the U.S. really support “elections that reflect the will of the Haitian people”?

As Haiti’s current political crisis began to unfold, the United States continually tried to force fraudulent elections to continue despite broad popular disapproval. Now that the elections have been postponed in hopes of a more legitimate strategy, the State Department “reaffirms its support for credible, transparent, and secure elections that reflect the will of the Haitian people.” But has the State Department ever supported the will of the Haitian people? This article outlines U.S. intervention in Haiti over the past century, in ways that certainly did not support the Haitian people. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Sure, Washington Has Always Supported Democracy in Haiti Greg Grandin, The Nation January 26, 2016 “As in the past, the United States is taking great interest in how elections in Haiti are unfolding,” a State Department spokesperson announced a […]

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