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Paramilitaries Attack a Police Station in Haiti

Before dawn on May 16, a group of paramilitaries attacked the police station in Haiti’s third-largest city, resulting in four deaths and many injuries. An interview with one of the attackers, Théléus, revealed that they were under the command of Guy Philippe, a Senate candidate who helped lead the 2004 coup d’ état and is wanted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for drug trafficking. Théléus said that this attack is part of a larger plan to attack police stations all over Haiti, create havoc, and overthrow the provisional president. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Guy Philippe’s Paramilitaries Launch Deadly Attack Against the Aux Cayes Police Station Yves Pierre-Louis, Haïti Liberté May 18, 2016 In the hours before dawn on Mon., May 16, 2016, heavily armed assailants, dressed in green and camouflage army uniforms, attacked the main […]

IJDH exposes cholera reparations case to appeals court

On March 1st, the New York Appeals court heard IJDH’s case on behalf of the victims of the deadly cholera epidemic brought to Haiti by UN troops. The appeal contested the absolute immunity that was invoked to defend the UN when the case was dismissed at first in January 2015. IJDH staff attorney Beatrice Lindstrom was pleased with regards to the process of the hearing, as the three judges of the appeals court seemed engaged with the argument and posed very pertinent questions regarding UN accountability to the assistant US Attorney Elle Blain, who argued on behalf of the UN. No UN representatives spoke at the hearing. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Appeals Court Hears Arguments on Cholera Reparations Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté March 2, 2016 On Mar. 1, 2016, the U.S. Appeals Court […]

Grievances over recent Haitian Election results

Candidates trailing in polls have all claimed voter fraud. Candidates and followers of the trailing parties are contesting the results by way of demonstrations, press conferences, declarations, letters, and legal contests. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Most Candidates Scorn Vote Results, but Unity Remains Elusive Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté November 11, 2015 Other than Jovenel Moïse of the ruling Haitian Bald Headed Party (PHTK), almost all of the other 53 Haitian presidential candidates reject the Oct. 25 election’s preliminary results announced by the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) on Nov. 5. However, the candidates’ tactics for redressing what many observers also say are fraudulent and non-transparent vote counts differ widely. The result is a disjointed array of demonstrations, press conferences, declarations, letters, and legal contests which appear, until now, to leave the CEP, as well […]

Activists Demand Cholera Accountability Through Photo Exhibit and More

On October 14, BAI, IJDH and some of our allies posted portraits of UN cholera victims at UN headquarters in Port-au-Prince, New York City, and Geneva. We wanted to remind the UN that cholera victims are real people and demand justice for the victims and their families. This article describes the campaign, called Face Justice, as well as Haitian diaspora, UN officials, and others’ support for accountability. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. On Outbreak’s Fifth Anniversary: New “Face Justice” Campaign Launched on Behalf of Haiti’s Cholera Victims Kim Ives, Haïti Liberté October 14, 2015 Five years ago this month, the first cases of cholera in more than a century started to multiply in Haiti’s Artibonite Valley. Today, some 9,000 Haitians have died and 746,000 have been sickened by what mushroomed into the world’s worst cholera epidemic. […]

Demonstrations in Port-au-Prince

On February 5th and February 7th, thousands of demonstrators, many of whom were university students, marched through Port-au-Prince with several demands. The demonstrations manifested in response to disagreements with various issues, including current gas prices, teachers’ salaries, the Martelly/Paul regime, and the present status of the 7,500-soldier UN mission (MINUSTAH). The protests paralyzed all government offices, banks, commerce, and schools, and they also halted traffic in the capital and its suburbs. Two Days of Demonstrations, Two Days of General Strike Kim Ives and Isabelle L. Papillon, Haiti Liberté  February 11, 2015 In the past week, two massive demonstrations and two days of a successful general strikes have rocked the government of President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Evans Paul. The principal demands are for the lowering of gas prices and for the resignation of both Martelly and Paul. Demonstrators also […]

How Democracy and Sovereignty Relate to Haiti’s 2010 Earthquake

This article covers everything from education to cholera, tying them all into the failed reconstruction efforts in Haiti after the earthquake, and foreign meddling in Haiti’s politics. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti’s promised rebuilding is unfulfilled as Haitians challenge authoritarian rule Travis Ross & Roger Annis, Haiti Liberte January 7, 2015 Five years after the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake that struck Haiti’s capital region, the loudly-trumpeted reconstruction of the country is still an unrealized dream. 2015 finds Haitians fighting tooth and nail in renewed political mobilizations to create the nation-building project that big governments and aid agencies pledged but then cruelly betrayed. North American and European powers rushed planeloads and shiploads of soldiers and bottled water to Haiti in the days and weeks following the disaster, saying they would help Haiti “build […]

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