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International Community Pushes Haitian Elections By Reducing Aid

At a time when Haitians are particularly vulnerable due to a drought and ensuing food shortages, the international community is withholding aid and donations. Throughout the electoral process, international actors have been urging Haiti to hold elections as soon as possible, despite rampant fraud and other problems with the elections. Now that Haiti has a transitional government which is set to end on May 14, the international community is upping the pressure to hold elections, even though many Haitians are calling for a verification of the previous rounds. As one Haiti expert puts it, “International assistance has always been ‘political,’ so this is not really new. Dependent countries like Haiti have very limited room to maneuver; their sovereignty is always at bay.” Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. As Haiti Political Crisis Deepens, International […]

UN Continues to Enjoy Impunity for Cholera in Haiti

This article mostly covers UN impunity in the case of cholera victims in Haiti. It also mentions other instances of UN impunity, such as UN troops shooting at unarmed protesters in December 2014. On January 9, 2015, a US judge dismissed cholera victims’ case against the UN, ruling that the UN has absolute immunity. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. On Eve of Haiti Earthquake Anniversary, US Court Dismisses UN Cholera Suit Matthew Russell Lee, Inner City Press January 9, 2015 UNITED NATIONS, January 9 — On the eve of the fifth anniversary of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, US District Judge J. Paul Oetken of the Southern District of New York has given the dubious gift of dismissing a lawsuit against the UN for bringing cholera to the country, which has killed over 8,700 Haitians. […]

Ask Haitians whether voters or big business chose their singing president (The Guardian)

By. Gary Younge, The Guardian July 3, 2011 On 24 March the Portuguese prime minister, Jose Socrates, resigned after all the opposition parties rejected his austerity plan, which included slashing pensions by more than €1,500 a month and more cuts in tax benefits. His government’s collapse triggered an election, which could not take place for another two months. During the interim Socrates stayed on as acting prime minister and reached an agreement with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund for a €78bn bailout. The terms? Almost exactly the same as those proposed by him and rejected by the Portuguese parliament six weeks earlier. When the elections finally took place the political class could sense a certain degree of cynicism. The Portuguese president, Anibal Cavaco Silva, warned voters they could not complain about what politicians did “at a time of […]

IMF cancels $268 million Haiti debt

Associated Press PARIS — The IMF says it has canceled Haiti’s $268 million debt and will lend the earthquake-devastated country another $60 million to help it with reconstruction plans. The International Monetary Fund said Wednesday the decision is part of a plan for long-term reconstruction after the Jan. 12 magnitude-7 quake, which killed as many as 300,000 people. The three-year loan carries a zero interest rate until 2011 which then rises to no more than 0.5 percent. The Washington-based fund says its moves should encourage aid contributions to the impoverished country. “Donors must start delivering on their promises to Haiti quickly, so reconstruction can be accelerated, living standards quickly improved and social tensions soothed,” IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn said in a statement. In Haiti more than six months after the quake, rubble and collapsed buildings still dominate the landscape. The […]

IMF forgives Haiti’s $268 million debt to the fund

By CNN Wire Staff The IMF has canceled Haiti’s $268 million debt to the fund so the country can free up more money for reconstruction. Washington (CNN) — The executive board of the International Monetary Fund approved Wednesday the cancellation of Haiti’s $268 million debt to the fund. The board also approved a three-year request by authorities to support Haiti’s reconstruction and growth program. The decisions are part of an effort to support Haiti’s longer-term reconstruction plans after the January 12 earthquake, which killed more than 220,000 people, destroyed 60 percent of government infrastructure and left more than 180,000 homes uninhabitable. Six months later, more than 1.5 million remain in overcrowded displacement camps. “The new program provides a strong and forward-looking framework to support economic stability and reconstruction in the country, and will also help catalyze donors’ contributions,” the IMF […]

IMF Executive Board Cancels Haiti’s Debt and Approves New Three-Year Program to Support Reconstruction and Economic Growth

IMF Press Release No. 10/299 The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today approved the full cancellation of Haiti’s outstanding liabilities to the Fund, of about SDR 178 million (equivalent to US$268 million). The Board also approved a new three-year arrangement for Haiti under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) requested by the authorities to support the country’s reconstruction and growth program. Both decisions form part of a broad strategy to support Haiti’s longer term reconstruction plans, following the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010. The cancellation of existing debt was advocated by IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn in the days following the disaster as part of a concerted international effort to launch a “Marshall Plan” for the reconstruction of the country. The new program provides a strong and forward-looking framework to support economic stability and reconstruction in the […]

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