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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 […]

Was the drug arrest of elected Senator Guy Philippe legal?

Four days before he would be sworn in as a Senator in Haiti and thus gain immunity, 2004 coup leader Guy Philippe was extradited to the U.S. on drug charges. As Philippe is a Haitian national, this move appears to be illegal based on Haiti’s Constitution. This article outlines the corresponding articles of the Constitution and a few treaties relevant to this matter. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti – FLASH : Guy Philippe was extradited on what legal basis ? HaitiLibre January 11, 2017 Many wondered about the legality of the extradition of Senator Guy Philippe on Thursday January 5th, great is the confusion in the minds of many including our parliamentarians, what say the texts of laws in Haiti ? First of all, many speak of the agreement signed on 17 […]

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 […]

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 […]

DEA Fugitive Philippe Enters Political Alliance With Ambitions

As President Privert’s mandate expires, Guy Philippe, a notorious paramilitary leader who led attacks in 2004 prior to the coup d’état, has joined a political alliance. Alongside former president Martelly and his political allies, they are lobbying for the removal of Privert in what many perceive as a move vying for the presidency. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Martelly Bloc Formalizes Alliance with DEA Fugitive Guy Philippe Haiti Relief and Reconstruction Watch June 23, 2016 Days before the June 14 end of provisional president Jocelerme Privert’s mandate, a coalition of political parties close to former president Michel Martelly formalized an alliance and began advocating for Privert’s removal. Led by former de facto prime minister under Marelly, Evans Paul, the “Entente Democratique” (ED) or “democratic agreement” as they have called themselves, have denounced the “totalitarian tendencies” of […]

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