Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

France Needs Open Dialogue on Haiti Debt Restitution

On May 12, calls for France to restore Haiti’s “Independence Ransom” were renewed when Haiti saw its 2nd ever visit by a sitting French president. Instead of addressing the restitution issue directly, French presidents have cancelled Haiti’s debts and promised to help Haiti with development. Given the terrible price Haiti has paid France for its independence, many are adamant that these concessions are not enough for justice to be served.   Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text.   Dialogue on reparations for Haiti is long overdue Nathalie Baptiste, Latin Correspondent May 18, 2015   On May 12, French president Francois Hollande made history by becoming the first president of France to make a formal state visit to the former colony, Haiti. Rather than a welcome parade, however, President Hollande was greeted by 200 protesters […]

World Bank Ignores Environmental Concerns in Haiti Mining

The World Bank recently refused a complaint filed by Haitians who are worried about the negative impacts of mining in Haiti. On top of the environmental risks Haiti already faces, including a cholera epidemic brought by UN peacekeepers, mining could cause irreparable damage. This article outlines some of the effects mining can have on Haiti, as well as an example of damage mining has done in El Salvador. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. World Bank mining ruling will only bring more pain to Haiti Nathalie Baptiste, Latin Correspondent March 4, 2015 In early February, in yet another blow to Haitian civil society, the World Bank refused to hear a complaint filed by the Justice Mining Collective on the revival of the mining sector in Haiti. According to the World Bank, Haiti’s mining sector is constrained by “outdated legal […]

Immigration Reform Can’t Just Focus on Immigration Policies

This article discusses anti-Haitian sentiment in the Dominican Republic, Bahamas, and United States and how that has affected their immigration policies for Haitians and descendants of Haitians. The author also discusses some of the policies that would need to be changed in order to reform these immigration policies, such as the cheap labor policies that bring thousands of Haitian immigrants to both DR and the Bahamas. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Dominican Republic isn’t the only country with anti-Haitian policies Nathalie Baptiste, Latin Correspondent February 23, 2015 On January 27, Amnesty International reported that 51 people had been illegally deported from the Dominican Republic to Haiti. Of those 51, 30 were Dominican-born children. This mass deportation is part of an ongoing effort by the Dominican government to purge its soil of Haitians and their descendants — regardless of […]

Has Inequality Created Two Different Haitis Post-Quake?

Nearly five years after the catastrophic 2010 earthquake, there are many new buildings and construction projects in Haiti. On the other hand, tens of thousands are still living in internally displaced persons camps erected after the earthquake. The construction projects proclaim that “Haiti is moving forward” (Haiti ap vanse) but which part of Haiti will that be? Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Five years after the earthquake, reconstruction still a distant dream for many Haitians Nathalie Baptiste, Latin Correspondent December 18, 2014 When the 2010 earthquake struck the Port-au-Prince area, the international community rallied and raised billions of dollars for the reconstruction and development of Haiti. In the first few months after the earthquake, celebrities flew to Haiti on their private jets, major financial institutions pledged copious amounts of money and world leaders routinely pledged […]

Delayed Elections Leave Haiti’s Future in Limbo

Amid the recent news of a massive prison break and renewed charges against former President Aristide, the Provisional Electoral Council has announced that Haiti’s elections will no longer happen October 26. If elections don’t happen by the end of 2014, President Martelly may rule by decree. This is a scary prospect given Haiti’s history of dictators and political unrest. The Martelly government needs to compromise with the opposition leaders to make sure that Haiti has fair and democratic elections this year. For more on the importance of elections, read our FAQ. Once again, Haiti government could be in danger of collapse Nathalie Baptiste, Latin Correspondent August 22, 2014 In April, the United Nations warned that if Haiti did not hold parliamentary elections this year, the entire country would be set on a dangerous path towards political chaos. Sadly, the kind of upheaval that […]

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