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San Francisco Lawyers Guild Denounces Haiti Election Process, Voter Repression

The San Francisco branch of the National Lawyers Guild is speaking out against the voter repression and attacks on the right to assemble seen during Haiti’s most recent round of elections. Though Haiti’s new president was sworn in early this month, these lawyers  call on the U.S. government (which makes many decisions in Haiti), the United Nations and the Organization of American States to end their support for this new administration.. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. National Lawyers Guild of San Francisco Stands in Solidarity With Haitian Grassroots Movement We Say No! To Stolen Elections National Lawyers Guild – San Francisco February 2017 For well over a month, tens of thousands of Haitians have been demonstrating daily to protest yet another stolen election and another denial of their right to determine their own […]

Executive Summary of NLG-IADL Report: Haiti’s Unrepresentative Democracy

Haiti’s Unrepresentative Democracy: Disenfranchisement and Disillusionment in the November 20 Elections February 6, 2017 Executive Summary (Résumé Exécutif ici.) (Here’s the full report.) After almost two years of an electoral crisis, Haitian voters returned to the polls on November 20, 2016, for a third time to elect a president, 16 senators and 25 deputies. The presidential election was a long-awaited rerun of the voided, fraudulent October 2015 elections. Procedurally, the November 20 vote was significantly better than the 2015 elections. But despite many improvements in security and electoral administration, Haitians largely stayed away from the polls. Official voter turnout was 21 percent (and as low as 17 percent according to some calculations), a disturbingly low figure that indicates the poor health of Haiti’s democracy today. The November 20 elections faced a number of political, financial and logistical hurdles. The elections […]

Report: Troubling Weaknesses in Electoral System Overshadow Return of Constitutional Rule in Haiti [Français Inclus]

     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Nicole Phillips, Esq., Staff Attorney, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), Nicole@ijdh.org, +001 510 715 2855 (in U.S., speaks English and French) Report: Troubling Weaknesses in Electoral System Overshadow Return of Constitutional Rule in Haiti (PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, February 6, 2017) – On the eve of President-elect Jovenel Moïse’s inauguration, a new report by international legal observers argues that Haiti’s democratic institutions are suffering a profound crisis of confidence. Low turnout, voter disenfranchisement and lingering concerns about fraud raise troubling questions about the breadth of the incoming president’s mandate, according to the report, entitled Haiti’s Unrepresentative Democracy: Disenfranchisement and Disillusionment in the November 20 Elections. The report notes that despite many improvements in security and electoral administration over the 2015 elections, the 21 percent voter turnout represents the lowest participation rate for a […]

IADL Bulletin of U.N. Activities Features Haiti Cholera and Elections

The International Association of Democratic Lawyers included two Haiti updates from IJDH in its latest bulletin – one on cholera, and one on elections. This bulletin covers United Nations activities around the world, in preparation for the November meeting of representatives to the UN. Part of each IJDH update is below. Click HERE for the full bulletin. November 2016 JUSTICE FOR CHOLERA VICTIMS IN HAITI (Report by Shannon Jonsson, Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti [IJDH]) In a breakthrough for victims seeking to hold the United Nations (UN) accountable for causing the cholera epidemic in Haiti, the organization has finally acknowledged its role in introducing the disease to Haiti, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently announced a new plan to combat the epidemic and provide material assistance to victims and their families. In his September opening statement to the General […]

New Report: Biased international observers failed Haiti in 2015, neutrality and independence essential for upcoming October elections [Eng+Fr]

       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact:             Nicole Phillips, Esq., National Lawyers Guild Haiti Committee, Nicole@ijdh.org, +001 510 715 2855 (in U.S., speaks English and French)   New Report: Biased international observers failed Haiti in 2015, neutrality and independence essential for upcoming October elections (NEW YORK, September 19, 2016) – As Haiti prepares for presidential and legislative elections on October 9, 2016, a new report by voting rights advocates charges that international observation efforts in previous rounds were a “monumental failure.” Despite clear evidence of fraud, violence and other irregularities during the August 9 and October 25, 2015 elections, international observers hailed the two rounds of voting as a successful exercise of democracy, the report shows. “The failure to uphold international standards for free and fair elections raises serious questions about the objectivity and independence of international observers,” said […]

New Report Details Haiti Election Flaws and Need for Improvement

Though the international community has mostly deemed the October 25 round of elections acceptable, a new report from two international lawyers’ groups says otherwise. The report, from National Lawyers Guild and the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, details the problems observed on October 25, including voter suppression and massive fraud. It also lays out recommendations for restoring Haitian voters’ confidence in the electoral process, which many say can only be remedied by the formation of an independent commission to investigate. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. U.S. observers: Haiti’s presidential elections deeply flawed Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald November 24, 2015 A team of U.S.-based lawyers who witnessed last month’s Haitian elections say there is mounting evidence showing a clear pattern of systemic fraud, voter confusion and intimidation, and in some areas disenfranchisement. The report paints […]

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