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Hurricane Relief Efforts Risk Repeating Old Mistakes

Although Haitians were much better-prepared to handle Hurricane Matthew than they were for the 2010 earthquake, the media often portrays Haitians as helpless and in need of charity. The other mistake that the media has been making is attributing the cholera epidemic to the earthquake and not United Nations peacekeepers, giving the UN another opportunity to shirk its responsibilities to the victims. Both of these errors are important because they risk increasing the lack of accountability to Haitians. If Haitians are helpless, international aid organizations won’t need to work with local groups to best respond to the disaster. And if the UN didn’t cause cholera, it doesn’t owe Haiti’s cholera victims. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. An Inconvenient Truth: Hurricane Matthew and Cholera in Haiti Haiti Support Group October 2016 Hurricane Matthew made […]

New Report: Biased international observers failed Haiti in 2015, neutrality and independence essential for upcoming October elections [Eng+Fr]

       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact:             Nicole Phillips, Esq., National Lawyers Guild Haiti Committee,, +001 510 715 2855 (in U.S., speaks English and French)   New Report: Biased international observers failed Haiti in 2015, neutrality and independence essential for upcoming October elections (NEW YORK, September 19, 2016) – As Haiti prepares for presidential and legislative elections on October 9, 2016, a new report by voting rights advocates charges that international observation efforts in previous rounds were a “monumental failure.” Despite clear evidence of fraud, violence and other irregularities during the August 9 and October 25, 2015 elections, international observers hailed the two rounds of voting as a successful exercise of democracy, the report shows. “The failure to uphold international standards for free and fair elections raises serious questions about the objectivity and independence of international observers,” said […]

Haiti Support Group Criticizes UN Failure in Cholera Epidemic

Haiti Support Group criticizes the UN’s failure to take responsibility for its role in the cholera epidemic. With no change to medical protocols for the screening and treatment of peacekeeping troops, Phillip Wearne expresses his hope that European courts will rule against UN impunity. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for full text. Haitians Deserve the Truth over UN’s Role in Cholera Epidemic Phillip Wearne, Haiti Support Group September 8, 2016 The 9,200 Haitians killed and more than 800,000 seriously sickened by the UN’s grossly negligent introduction of cholera to Haiti via their peacekeeping force there, will be relieved to know from Stephen O’Brien UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs that “the UN welcomes public scrutiny.” (UN is impartial in Syria as it is elsewhere, The Guardian, 1 September 2016). If only. Having denied its responsibilities and culpability at every turn, […]

The EU in Haiti: Neocolonialism?

The European Union has decided to withdraw from the Election Observation Mission in Haiti, highlighting rocky relations between Haiti and its international observers. The EU has been criticized for saying things were running smoothly in Haiti, when local populations report the exact opposite. In light of elections marred by irregularities and fraud, the EU has still insisted upon the validity and legitimacy of the elections. There is also concern over the lack of transparency in the mission, as well as the failure to watchful eye on previous president Martelly and his abuse of democracy in Haiti. Click HERE for the full article. — The European Union and Haiti: Everyday Neocolonialism? Frédéric Thomas The Haiti Support Group July 5th, 2016 On Wednesday June 8, following a report by the Independent Electoral Evaluation Commission (CIEVE)[1], the EU announced that it was to end its […]

How Haiti’s Elections Have Been Rigged

Haiti’s 2015-2016 elections have been marked by rampant fraud, voter suppression, and other problems. This cheeky “guide” breaks all of those problems down to explain how the current results don’t represent the popular will. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti: A Beginner’s Guide to Fixing Elections Haiti Support Group January 7, 2016 It is not always possible to control the outcome of an election (remember 1990?!). The best thing is not to hold them at all – this worked well for all concerned in the Duvalier era. But, if elections are absolutely unavoidable, read the following guide and stay one step ahead of your competitors. Guiding principle: minimise the turnout; the smaller the turnout, the easier it is to micromanage the result. Preparation is everything –Eliminate hundreds of thousands of citizens from the electoral […]

Statelessness and Alleged Racism in Dominican Republic

The September 23 High Court ruling in Dominican Republic led to panic as many Dominicans of Haitian descent began to be stripped of their national ID cards and other citizenship-related documents. Many who can speak out against this injustice are afraid to do so in fear of losing their own documents, while those with money do their best to keep themselves from the same fate. Meanwhile, the DR government does its best to refute arguments of the racist nature of the ruling. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full article. Stateless in the Caribbean Eve Hayes de Kalaf, The Haiti Support Group April 2014   In the wake of the catastrophic earthquake of 12 January, 2010, something exceptional happened on the island of Hispaniola. Despite its long, fractured and often difficult relationship with Haiti, the Dominican Republic (DR) was the first nation to come to the assistance […]

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