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Haiti Grassroots Organizations’ Statement Demanding Fair Elections

In the statement below, written right before the postponement of the January 24th presidential “run-off” election, 68 grassroots organizations in Haiti issue an urgent call for solidarity with their struggle for free and fair elections, dignity and justice. The statement was written as tens of thousands of Haitians have taken to the streets – braving assassination, tear gas, beatings, and police torture – demanding the annulment of the fraudulent elections that gave the lead positions in the legislative and presidential races to the hand-picked candidates of President Michel Martelly.  The January 22 postponement of the presidential election was a dramatic and hard-won victory for the people’s movement, which had insisted that no election take place until it could be free and fair and democratic. Part of the statement is below. Click HERE for the full statement. Statement from Haiti’s popular movement […]

December 16: Day of Action and Solidarity with the People of Haiti

For the last few months, Haitians have been demonstrating nearly every single day, demanding that their votes be counted and that the fraudulent elections of August 9th and October 25th be annulled.  They have been shot down, tear gassed, beaten with rubber hoses, and some have been killed. Yet they have come back the next day, determined to have their voices heard, denouncing what they call an “electoral coup.” Even though independent observers have documented the widespread fraud that has given the lead position in the presidential election to the party of Haitian President Michel Martelly, the United States government has endorsed the elections: a run-off is scheduled for December 27th, 2015. Fanmi Lavalas, long the most popular political party in Haiti, and its presidential candidate, Dr. Maryse Narcisse, have demanded a full-scale independent investigation of the election. They have […]

Low Voter Turnout and Voter Suppression Taint Haiti Election

IJDH’s Brian Concannon and Haiti Action Committee’s Pierre Labossiere discuss Haiti’s October 25 elections (starts around minute 30). Not only did the threat of violence cause low voter turnout in many areas but in areas with higher turnout, massive voter suppression occurred. Most of these threats to democracy were carried out by or in favor of people affiliated with Haiti’s current president, Michel Martelly.   The segment description is below. Click HERE for the audio. Massive Voter Suppression In Haiti Glen Ford & Nellie Bailey, Black Agenda Radio November 2, 2015 Haiti held presidential elections on October 25, following disastrous legislative elections this summer that were wracked by violence perpetrated by allies of the U.S. backed government. The failure to punish those responsible for the repression on August 9 produced a “catastrophically low” turnout of 20 to 30 percent in October, […]

Why August 9th is Being Called an “Electoral Coup”

While Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council and international observers seem largely satisfied with Haiti’s August 9th round of elections, many in Haiti are denouncing the elections and some call for a new election altogether. This article lists the many issues with Haiti’s first round of elections and why it seems like the violence and irregularities were systematically orchestrated by parties close to the government, in order to suppress voters and democracy. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. ANATOMY OF AN ELECTORAL COUP Haiti Action Committee September 10, 2015 Marred by outright fraud, massive voter suppression in the form of intimidation, and violence, the August 9th Haitian legislative election was rejected by the people of Haiti. Yet, in a cynical re-write of history, the OAS, United States, and European Union put their stamp of approval on […]

Supporters Petition to End Political Harassment Against Aristide

In recent months, old charges of corruption have been brought against former President Aristide again. Charges of this nature are usually dropped before Aristide can challenge them in court. Now, Aristide supporters all over the world have come together against the latest political harassment campaign. Part of the petition is below. Click HERE for the full text and list of signers. As former Haitian President Aristide is placed on house arrest, supporters worldwide demand immediate halt to attacks on him and Lavalas Movement By the Haiti Action Committee, in The San Francisco Bay View September 13, 2014 On Aug. 21, Haitian police wearing black masks and carrying heavy arms appeared in front of the home of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide as a Haitian judge issued calls to arrest him. Hundreds of people courageously surrounded the house to protect him. One week before, […]

A Haiti Action Committee Report on the Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

Haiti Action Committee CHOLERA OUTBREAK IN HAITI Cholera has killed over 300 people in the valley along Haiti’s Artibonite River, a rural region north of Haiti’s capital; another 4,700 people have been sickened.  The acute diarrheal disease is a bacterial infection of the intestine which spreads when food or water become contaminated with human waste containing the cholera organism. Cholera causes profuse, watery, high volume diarrhea that is rapidly dehydrating. The infection can be fatal to young children, the elderly, and the undernourished. Without immediate medical treatment, people can die of dehydration. UN officials are investigating sewage draining into a tributary of the Artibonite River from a Nepalese base of UN (MINUSTAH) troops as a possible source of the deadly outbreak. Al Jazeera reports that the unit moved into the area in mid-October. CHOLERA: DISEASE OF POVERTY Cholera is a […]

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