Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Political “Stability” Over True Democracy in Haiti

Haiti just elected a new president, Jovenel Moïse, after over a year of delays and even a rerun of the elections that originally placed Moïse as the front-runner. Unfortunately, and to the concern of many, Moïse was chosen by less than 10% of the electorate with only 20% of voters even participating at all. The complicated reasons for this lack of voter participation have been decades in the making, including consolidation of power on the right; coups against a popular Haitian leader; and interference by the international community. As IJDH Director Brian Concannon describes, much of the weaknesses and limitations on the left “can be explained by the undermining and overthrowing of the Lavalas governments, which prevented them from demonstrating how democracy can work, and the killing, jailing, and exiling of important leaders.” Frustrated with all this, most Haitians cannot picture their […]

How can Haiti regain its independence?

Though Haiti gained its independence in 1804, one can argue that Haiti began to lose that independence less than two decades later when it was forced to start paying France back for lost slaves and property. Almost immediately after Haiti finished paying that “debt” in 80 years, the U.S. military occupied the country for 19 years. Haitian leaders also took advantage of the insecurity, sometimes with the help of foreign countries. This author argues that the only way Haiti can regain its independence is to rid itself of the constant foreign help and take matters into its own hands. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Only Haitians can save Haiti Joel Dreyfuss, The Washington Post August 24, 2016 Joel Dreyfuss is a Washington Post Global Opinions contributing columnist. Haiti won a rare victory on […]

As Haiti Preps for Election Verification, International Community Threatens to Reduce Aid

Once again, Haiti’s final round of presidential elections has been delayed. This time, the delay is meant to allow a verification of the results from previous rounds of elections, which supporters of a verification deem absolutely necessary for Haitians to regain confidence in the electoral process. The international community on the other hand, led by the United States, has been consistently anti-verification and has begun to withhold aid to Haiti in hopes of speeding the electoral process. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti Update: The Political Impasse That’s Delaying the Presidential Runoff Elizabeth Gonzalez, Americas Society/Council of the Americas April 21, 2016 Sunday, April 24, marks the third time that Haiti’s presidential runoff election will be postponed. On April 17, the country’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) officially announced that the elections for the presidential runoff, six […]

Letter from the Haitian-American Community to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Elections in Haiti

Click HERE for the pdf version of this letter. April 7, 2016 Letter from the Haitian-American Community to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Elections in Haiti The Honorable John Kerry Secretary of State U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, D.C. 20520 Dear Secretary Kerry: We respectfully urge the State Department to chart a far different and better course in Haiti than it has so far. We believe that the Department’s positions to date have undermined Haiti’s democracy while harming the United States’ credibility in Haiti. We request that the United States adopt a policy that prioritizes respect for Haitians’ democratic rights, not political expediency. Recent U.S. policy towards Haiti has contributed to a dangerous process of political polarization. On December 26, the day before an election evaluation commission was set to review allegations of irregularities, […]

Une coalition canadienne dénonce l’intervention étrangère dans les élections haïtiennes

La Concertation pour Haiti (CPH), une coalition canadienne, dénonce l’intervention étrangère dans les élections qui ont commencé le 9 août 2015. La CPH exprime son accord avec les demandes du peuple haïtien pour les élections légitimes. La CPH, aussi, demande que le gouvernement canadien cesse de se mêler des affaires d’Haïti. Partie du post se trouve ci-dessous. Cliquez ICI pour le texte en entier. Pour des élections démocratiques et sans ingérence étrangère Marie Marsolais, Association québecoise des organismes de coopération internationale 24 février 2016 La Concertation pour Haïti tient à réitérer toute sa solidarité envers le peuple haïtien et les groupes de défense des droits et libertés au regard de la crise politique actuelle qui secoue le pays. C’est dans un climat extrêmement tendu depuis le début de la crise électorale où les violences et les fortes tensions politiques se rajoutent à la situation […]

State Department vs. “Will of the Haitian People” in Haiti’s Elections

By Nancy Young IJDH Volunteer February 19, 2016 There were two press conferences the day before the protest on Feb. 18 against foreign interference in Haiti’s elections and democracy. One was held in person at the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux in Port-au-Prince, the other by teleconference by the US State Department. At the BAI press conference, Mario Joseph told about 30 Haitian journalists how the foreign occupation of Haiti and the obstruction of a truly inclusive democracy had brought poverty and hunger to the country. David Oxygene of MOLEGHAF, a Haitian pro-democracy group, condemned the “neoliberal transition” and said that because of the foreign occupation of the country, Haiti has a history of slavery and sharecropping, of cholera and coups d’etat. Both Joseph and Oxygene said the foreign interference in their country’s democracy must end and so there would be […]

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