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Is it time that France repay Haiti’s “Independence Debt”?

When Haitian slaves won their independence from France in 1804, neither France nor Haiti’s neighbor, the US, recognized it. In 1825, under threat of invasion and re-institution of slavery, France forced Haiti to repay it for the loss of plantations and other property. Haiti has paid the price long after this “debt” was repaid and with France’s President Hollande visiting, many have reignited calls for restitution of this “independence debt.” Is it time for France to pay its real debt to Haiti? Ishaan Tharoor, The Washington Post May 13, 2015 In 1791, the slaves of France’s most profitable Caribbean colony, Saint Domingue, revolted. The uprising was kindled by the appalling exploitation and abuse of the colony’s enslaved African population, and stoked by the same Enlightenment values championed by white anti-monarchic revolutionaries in the United States and France itself. But the […]

Òganizasyon Dwa Moun Di Prezidan François Hollande: Ayiti pa bezwen charite, li bezwen jistis ak reparasyon

Kominike de près Kontak: Mario Joseph, Av., Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, (in Haiti), mario@ijdh.org, +509-3701-9878 Brian Concannon, Jr., Esq., Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, brian@ijdh.org, +1-541-263-0029 Òganizasyon Dwa Moun Di Prezidan François Hollande: Ayiti pa bezwen charite, li bezwen jistis ak reparasyon Yo rele òf pou efase dèt Ayiti a “derizwa” konpare ak sa la Frans dwe Ayiti Pòtoprens ak Boston, 12 Me, 2015—Avoka defans dwa moun fè apèl a prezidan fransè a, Fraçois Hollande, pou li etabli yon plan aksyon pou li peye plis pase 21 milya dola ameriken ke la Frans dwe Ayiti nan zafè “dèt endepandans” ke la Frans te fòse Ayiti peye pou endepandans li an 1825. Avoka yo refize òf ke Prezidan Hollande fè ayiti pou li redwi dèt ke Ayiti dwe la FraNS Jodi a. Selon avoka yo, òf sa ensinifyan si […]

Les organisations de défense des droits de l’homme s’adressent au Président François Hollande : Haïti n’a pas besoin de votre charité, elle réclame justice et réparation

Communiqué de presse Contact: Mario Joseph, Av., Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, (en Haïti), mario@ijdh.org, +509-3701-9878 Brian Concannon, Jr., Esq., Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, brian@ijdh.org, +1-541-263-0029 Les organisations de défense des droits de l’homme s’adressent au Président François Hollande : Haïti n’a pas besoin de votre charité, elle réclame justice et réparation L’offre pour l’effacement de la dette Haïtienne est dérisoire comparée à la somme due à Haïti Port-au-Prince et Boston, le 12 mai 2015—Des avocats engagés dans la défense des droits de l’homme ont réclamé au Président de la République Française, M. François Hollande, la création d’un plan d’action pour le remboursement des 21 milliards de dollars dus à Haïti. En 1825, la France avait extorqué cette somme de son ancienne colonie à titre de sa « dette d’indépendance ». Les avocats concernés refusent la proposition du […]

Human Rights Groups Tell French President François Hollande: Haiti Needs Justice, Not Charity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mario Joseph, Av., Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, (in Haiti), mario@ijdh.org, +509-3701-9878 Brian Concannon, Jr., Esq., Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, brian@ijdh.org, +1-541-263-0029 Human Rights Groups Tell French President François Hollande: Haiti Needs Justice, Not Charity Call French debt relief offer a “pittance” compared to what France owes Haiti (Port-au-Prince and Boston, May 12, 2015)— Human rights lawyers called on French President François Hollande to establish a plan to pay the more than $21 billion in restitution France owes Haiti as a result of its forcibly extracting an “Independence Debt” from Haiti in 1825. They dismissed President Hollande’s offer to reduce Haiti’s modern debt to France as inconsequential compared to what France really owes. “If President Hollande took justice seriously, he would fulfill France’s international law obligation to repay the Independence Debt,” said Mario Joseph, […]

Why Haiti Needs “Independence Ransom” Paid Back

Decades after Haiti gained its independence, France sent war ships to its coast and demanded 150 million gold francs, plus interest, else France would invade Haiti and not recognize its sovereignty. Centuries later, Haiti is still feeling the consequences of that “independence ransom.” That’s why when French President Hollande mentioned France’s debt towards Haiti but didn’t mention reparations, many Haitians and activists were upset and wondered when France will finally be accountable for its actions. Part of the post is below. Click HERE for the full text. Opinion: France’s empty, meaningless morale “obligation” towards Haiti, non merci Sydney Noel, Hougansydney.com May 12, 2015 When France’s president François Hollande last week, said during his inauguration of the Caribbean Center expressions and trafficking memory and slavery (ACT) at Pointe-à-Pitre, in Guadeloupe, that he would fulfill France’s debt towards Haiti, many hopes were […]

Eating Green in Ireland, and Brown in Haiti (IJDH)

This article by IJDH director,Brian Concannon, was originally published on March 17, 2008. By Brian Concannon, IJDH On St. Patrick’s Day in America, people dress in bright green colors, get into high spirits, and then sing sad songs about starvation and injustice. The songs do not kill the party, because the miserable conditions that drove the partiers’ ancestors across the Atlantic are no longer a threat in Ireland. But elsewhere, people still face the same hard choice between exile and starvation, most notably in Haiti, just 500 miles from our shores. And this time, we can actually do something to stop the tragedy. Many of the saddest Irish songs recall the Great Famine of 1845-1849. By 1845 Britain had controlled Ireland for centuries, during which the large British landowners (and a few wealthy Irish ones) had, with government help, pushed […]

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