Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Haitian Government Makes Statement on Cholera for the First Time

This has been a year of first steps towards justice for Haiti’s cholera victims. For the first time since cholera was brought to Haiti by United Nations peacekeepers in 2010, a Haitian leader (interim President Jocelerme Privert) has made a statement demanding justice. About a month before that, a UN spokesperson finally admitted the UN’s involvement in causing the epidemic. Hopefully the Haitian government can keep the ball rolling towards cholera eradication and reparations. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti calls on UN to eradicate cholera, assist victims Valéry Bennett, Haiti Sentinel September 23, 2016 NEW YORK, New York, US ( – For the first time since its introduction, a Haitian leader has joined the calls of its citizens in demanding the United Nations eradicate cholera and provide reparations to those affected by it. Haitian […]

Thousands Cross Border into Haiti, Including 905 Unaccompanied Minors

In response to the National Regularization Plan, 48,808 repatriates from the Dominican Republic, including 905 unaccompanied minors, have been recorded returning to Haiti from January to August 2016. Some of those arriving have been deported by Dominican authorities, and some have come “voluntarily” to escape violence and eventual deportation. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. 905 unaccompanied minors among 48K returned from Dominican Republic M NH, Haiti Sentinel September 9, 2016 BELLADERE, Centre, HT ( – For 2016, 48,808 repatriates from the Dominican Republic, including 905 unaccompanied minors, were recorded returning to the country by the the Support Group for Refugees and Repatriated Persons (GARR). From January to August 2016, the Dominican authorities have deported 21,384 persons, presumably Haitian nationals, from their territory. During the same period 26,704 have come to Haiti from the Dominican […]

In opposition to re-election, State Department refuses to fund Haiti election

In a press briefing dedicated to the U.S. suspension of electoral assistance to Haiti, State Department Spokesman John Kirby denied the motivation of the move as having any basis in leverage. Recalling the highly contested EU and OAS reports on the 2015 elections, Kirby reiterated that the elections had been found to be acceptable in the eyes of some international observers. He refused to divulge the details of the Haitian-American diplomatic conversations while in an exchange with two journalists. … Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. U.S. denies Haiti election aid suspension is about leverage Samuel Maxime, Haiti Sentinel July 10, 2016 The Obama administration on Thursday denied its suspension of electoral assistance to Haiti was for the sake of leverage after the island nation resolved to scrap a massively fraudulent election from 2015. State Department Spokesman John Kirby fielded […]

PHTK Members Support Wanted Drug Trafficker Guy Philippe

Supporters of PHTK, former president Martelly’s party have spoken out in support of Guy Philippe, a Senate candidate who is wanted by the US Drug Enforcement Agency for drug trafficking. The supporters say that Philippe was not responsible for the attack against a major police station, as one of the attackers alleged. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Les Cayes attack: Martelly supporters solidarity with Guy Philippe Haiti Sentinel May 20, 2016 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Ouest, Haiti ( – Supporters of the former Martelly regime held a press conference Friday to lend their support and solidarity to Guy Philippe, a fugitive of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) who is accused of having orchestrated a terror attack on the departmental police station in Les Cayes, Haiti on Monday. Officials from Repons Peyizan, the political party former […]

Election Verification Threatens Haiti Presidential Front-runner

Despite strong opposition to a verification of the previous rounds of elections in Haiti by the former president’s party, PHTK, the verification process is underway. For the first time, it seems like the named presidential front-runner, Jovenel Moïse, fears losing his position. Many of the people calling for verification suspect that much of the electoral fraud was in favor of Moïse, PHTK’s candidate. If this is found to be true, he will likely be disqualified from the next round of elections. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Jovenel fears disqualification from Haiti presidential election Samuel Maxime, Haiti Sentinel May 8, 2016 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti ( – The candidate for the party of the former totalitarian regime began, on Monday, to express his fear that the newly installed Election Verification Commission may determine he benefited from an […]

Multiple-Vote Fraud Raises Concerns About Election Results

Haiti’s second round of elections on October 25 went much more smoothly than the first round on August 9. However, a glaring major problem remained: multiple-vote fraud. What’s even more concerning is that those who were committing the fraud were most often affiliated with the current president, Michel Martelly. Without checks and balances from Parliament (which dissolved in January), what does this mean for the vote counting process and who proceeds to the runoff election? Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Jovenel Moïse benefiting from multiple-voting fraud is of high concern Samuel Maxime, Haiti Sentinel October 26, 2015 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti ( – With the electoral and institutional apparatus in hand, key members of the ruling party, PHTK and its allies, were arrested for voting or attempting to vote multiple times. Police did not undertake an exhaustive […]

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