Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

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 […]

Ex-président Aristide soutient publiquement la candidate de son parti

Après quatre ans de silence, l’ancien président Jean-Bertrand Aristide est apparu publiquement pour soutenir Maryse Narcisse, la candidate de Fanmi Lavalas. Des miiliers de partisans du Fanmi Lavalas se sont réunis devant la résidence d’Aristide pour écouter son discours. Mais si cette apparence mènera au vote reste à voir. Partie de l’article est ci-dessous. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complet. Haïti: Jean-Bertrand Aristide appelle à voter Maryse Narcisse En Haïti, pour la première fois depuis son retour d’exil, Jean-Bertrand Aristide s’est adressé directement à ses partisans. Et il appelle la population à élire comme présidente la candidate de son parti : Maryse Narcisse. Le premier tour de scrutin est prévu le 25 octobre. Amélie Baron, RFI 1 octobre 2015 Les milliers de sympathisants Lavalas auront attendu des heures devant la résidence d’Aristide, pour enfin voir de leurs yeux celui qu’il surnomme leur « […]

Ex-President Aristide Publicly Supports Fanmi Lavalas Candidate

For the first time in four years, former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide spoke publicly on September 30, the 24th anniversary of the first coup against him. He spoke out in support of the Fanmi Lavalas presidential candidate, Maryse Narcisse, and also demanded unity among the poor masses. Thousands of Fanmi Lavalas supporters gathered in front of Aristide’s home to hear him speak. Former Haiti president Aristide breaks his silence Yahoo! News October 1, 2015 Port-au-Prince (AFP) – Haiti’s former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide has spoken in public for the first time since returning from exile in 2011, calling on Haitians to elect his party’s candidate as president. Speaking from the back of a pickup truck outside his home late Wednesday, Aristide galvanized a crowd of about 2,000 followers who waited for hours to hear him speak. “We must mobilize ourselves to vote democratically […]

Speech on Judicial Corruption at UC Hastings Symposium

Mario Joseph spoke at a panel in UC Hastings’ 2-day symposium on professional ethical intergrity. Below is a transcript of his speech. UC Hastings Ethical Integrity Conference: Ethical integrity Challenges Facing the Judiciary Around the Globe February 26, 2015 Introduction First, I would like to thank faculty and staff at UC Hastings that helped make this event possible.  Thank you to Hastings Professor Morris Ratner for your assistance in organizing this important panel discussion.  Thank you to Professor Kate Bloch for organizing this conference.  Professor Bloch came to my office, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in Port-au-Prince last summer and gave a wonderful training to our lawyers and interns on ethical practices. I would like to also thank my fellow distinguished panelists, Professor Fu Hualing and the Honorable Anthony Scirica. It is also a great pleasure to be at […]

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