Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Advocacy Secures U.S. Congress Appropriation of $10 Million for Cholera Elimination

IJDH’s relentless advocacy for cholera justice led the United States Congress to include $10 million to fund cholera elimination in the Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations bill despite President Trump’s opposition. Teaming up with Haitian diaspora organizations and members of Congress, IJDH was able to secure this money for the United Nations New Approach to cholera in Haiti.This is not a complete victory for cholera justice, but it is a step forward that will save lives. We now call on the UN to immediately keep its promise to consult with the victims of cholera to determine how best to invest the funds. BAI and IJDH Lead Denunciation of Human Rights Violators in Army High Command BAI and IJDH responded to the naming of army officers implicated in the 1994 Raboteau Massacre to the High Command of the newly reconstituted Haitian army […]

BAI and IJDH Keep Human Rights in Haiti on the World’s Radar

  Building stability and prosperity in Haiti through justice March 28, 2017 BAI and IJDH Keep Human Rights in Haiti on the World’s Radar Over the past week, IJDH has garnered national and international media coverage on five of its program areas. Our innovative program work and persistent communications keep human rights in Haiti on decisionmakers’ radar screens despite a challenging media environment. We will keep fighting for more coverage and more progress. But in the meantime, here are the highlights: Justice for Cholera Victims -On Tuesday March 21, The New York Times revealed that the UN has only raised $7 million of the $400 million it promised Haiti’s cholera victims in December. The article cited a recent letter from BAI and IJDH to UN Secretary-General Guterres. -On Tuesday March 21, the Times wrote a scathing editorial calling the UN’s refusal […]

Haiti’s Rival Parties Claim Victory in Elections

Former president Martelly’s PHTK party declared victory, despite the continuation of ballot counting by Provisional Electoral Council (CEP). With partial voting returns, PHTK spokesman precipitously declared the election victorious for Jovenel Moise; “hundreds” of Fanmi Lavalas supporters in Port-au-Prince also claim they secured victory in Maryse Narcisse. CEP head Leopold Berlanger warned directly after polls closed Sunday of provisional and incomplete returns “should not be used to predict the result.” State Department spokesman John Kirby encouraged preparing a second round vote if needed and a new president “in early 2017” in Haiti. Read part of the article below. Rival parties claim victory in Haiti’s presidential election American Foreign Press, France 24 November 22nd, 2016 Two of Haiti’s biggest parties stoked tension on Monday by claiming victory for their candidates in a long-delayed presidential election days before official results are due to be released.Nearly 6.2 […]

Will Haiti’s Current Fight for Democracy Lead to Real Change?

In this op-ed, famous actor and humanitarian Danny Glover tracks the progress Haiti has made towards democracy during the current, long-delayed election cycle. While voter participation has been declining in Haiti, Haitians took a stand against international interference in the elections that were originally scheduled in 2015. There was so much backlash against that election process that the results were discarded and it was rescheduled to October 9, 2016. Now, Haitians have a chance at truly electing their next leader and pushing for a more progressive government that responds to the needs of Haiti’s poor majority. ——– Haiti’s First Free Elections In Years Hold Promise Of Bold Progressive Change Danny Glover, The World Post September 19, 2016 The United States isn’t the only country in the midst of a drawn out election campaign marked by voter discontent and demands for bold, new policy […]

Proceeding with Fraudulent Elections Undermines Haiti’s Democracy

Below are two good Letters to the Editor in response to The Washington Post’s latest editorial, which made many good points but ended in a questionable conclusion. The letters stress the consequences of proceeding with fraud-filled elections and the risk of repeating past mistakes in Haiti. Don’t blame Haiti’s people for election troubles The Washington Post December 15, 2015 Regarding the Dec. 12 editorial “Haiti’s crucial election”: Ten years ago, the Haitian rulers of the day were dragging their feet on elections, just as the current ones did. The United States and its allies, who were footing the bill, insisted that a capable manager be put in charge: Jacques Bernard, a Haitian banker and industrialist. He set up a computerized tabulation center and secured the routes of the ballots to it. Haiti then had its three freest elections in history. Mr. Bernard […]

Brian Concannon Breaks Down Haiti’s Elections (Interview)

There were some major problems with Haiti’s first round of presidential elections on October 25, including very low voter turnout and stuffing of ballot boxes. Now what remains to be seen is how much the rampant fraud will affect the results, and who will go on to the presidential runoff in December. In this radio segment, Brian Concannon explains the issues with October 25 (and the August 9th round before that), and how the US is involved in Haiti’s elections. The segment description is below. Click HERE to listen to the segment. Haiti Elections Are So Problematic, They May Be a Prelude to a Coup Uprising with Sonali November 2, 2015 GUEST: Brian Concannon Jr., Executive director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti. Haitians went to the polls on October 25th for the first round of voting in […]

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