Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Will Haiti’s Current Fight for Democracy Lead to Real Change?

In this op-ed, famous actor and humanitarian Danny Glover tracks the progress Haiti has made towards democracy during the current, long-delayed election cycle. While voter participation has been declining in Haiti, Haitians took a stand against international interference in the elections that were originally scheduled in 2015. There was so much backlash against that election process that the results were discarded and it was rescheduled to October 9, 2016. Now, Haitians have a chance at truly electing their next leader and pushing for a more progressive government that responds to the needs of Haiti’s poor majority. ——– Haiti’s First Free Elections In Years Hold Promise Of Bold Progressive Change Danny Glover, The World Post September 19, 2016 The United States isn’t the only country in the midst of a drawn out election campaign marked by voter discontent and demands for bold, new policy […]

Haitian Presidential Debates Will Be Live on Television

September 20 will be the first televised debate between six hopefuls for Haitian president, including the lead candidates in the results that were dismissed: Jude Celestin, Moïse Jean-Charles, Jovenel Moise and Maryse Narcisse. The second live TV debate will be September 29 at 6pm, with moderators from Le Nouvelliste and Challenges Magazine. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti – Elections : 4 confirmed candidates at the presidential debate of the CCIO HaitiLibre September 19, 2016 After the success of the October 2015 debate, the private sector is mobilizing again to allow the public to know the position of presidential candidates, face the major problems of the country and particularly those in the economic and social field. 5 candidates, positioned leading in the polls and already in electoral campaignhave been invited by the Chamber of Commerce […]

Is the United States Undermining Haiti’s Democracy?

Now that the United States has decided to withdraw funding from the redo of Haiti’s presidential elections, Haitians are starting to unite to find a way to fund the elections themselves. Unfortunately, the U.S. withdrawal, as well as the country’s continual denouncing of Haiti’s attempt at a more democratic process, may be detrimental to the credibility of the elections. While many take Haiti funding its own elections as a step towards sovereignty and improving the process, the electoral process is still being blocked by a portion of Parliament and there are also many concerns about what the U.S. will do once the elections have taken place. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Will a Haiti election without U.S. dollars undermine the vote? Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald July 18, 2016 For months, the United States has […]

A clearly failed election brings more questions for democracy

Haiti’s recent election, wrought with fraud and corruption, was a failure in upholding the integrity of the democratic process. The necessity of a re-election is undeniable but this leaves many questions unanswered: Who will oversee it, finance it, and be allowed onto the ballot? Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Let’s get Haiti’s vote right this time Editorial, Miami Herald May 31, 2016 The handwriting was on the wall even before Haiti’s Independent Commission of Evaluation and Verification formalized its finding on Monday: The round of elections for president in October was so rife with fraud that a new vote is required. The conclusion was inevitable. It concurs with the findings of many election observers and what has become the prevailing consensus in Haiti. Haitians were so skeptical of the outcome that gave first place to […]

Is Hillary Clinton’s US Presidential Bid Stifling Haiti’s Democracy?

As Haiti has struggled to hold democratic elections since August 2015 (which were delayed for years before that), the United States has generally taken the position of rushing the elections to be completed as soon as possible, despite grave irregularities and allegations of massive fraud. Haiti experts believe that a strong motivator of this rush is the fact that much of Haiti’s political crisis can be attributed to Hillary Clinton, who is currently running for United States President. While she was Secretary of State, Clinton helped force Michel Martelly, the president who failed to hold elections for years, into office. She and Bill Clinton led post-earthquake reconstruction efforts that were a major failure. Hillary Clinton also blocked efforts to increase Haiti’s minimum wage. And this is just a partial list of her record in Haiti. It’s no wonder the U.S. State Department […]

Do US/UN think “bad elections are better than no elections” in Haiti?

Although an estimated 90% of Haitians believe that the reported results of the first round of presidential elections are fraudulent, the United States and United Nations continue to push for the final round of elections to happen as soon as possible. It seems that their mantra is “bad elections are better than no elections” but this overlooks the potentially devastating consequences of having a government that Haitians don’t trust for five years. The U.S. claimed to intervene in the 2011 electoral process because of fraud by the government at the time so why is it silent when the Martelly government is accused of rampant fraud? Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Without a full recount, Haiti’s presidential elections are a scam Jacques Jonassaint, The Hill April 13, 2016 The United States and the U.N. continue to push for […]

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