Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Open Letter from Haitian Diaspora to President of Haiti for Standing Claims Commission

PDF version available View in French The Haitian diaspora condemns the negligence of the United Nations on the matter of the cholera epidemic and requests that the Haitian government obtains justice for the victims. The diaspora calls for the creation of a commission to gather claims for compensation for the epidemic. They write to the President of Haiti for swift action in obtaining justice for the cholera victims.  Your Excellency, We write to you as leaders in the Haitian diaspora to highlight a critical opportunity for the Haitian Government to ensure that cholera victims finally obtain justice for the harms they have suffered as a result of the United Nations’ negligence. The Haitian Government has a time sensitive opportunity to initiate a standing claims commission to hear cholera victims’ claims related to injury, illness and death, and determine compensation by […]

Hopes for October 9th Haitian Elections

Haiti’s interim president Jocelerme Privert passed an executive order for the country’s 5.8 million voters to show up at the polling stations on October 9th to vote for a new president. The Organization of American States (OAS) has grown increasingly worried, as Privert still remains president even though his term expired on June 14th. Haitian foreign minister, Pierrot Delienne, spoke at the OAS meeting in hopes of easing the international community. Although it is still unclear how Haiti will finance its elections without foreign aid from the United States and other countries, officials are determined to hold legitimate elections. There will be runoffs held for unresolved Senate seats, municipal seats, and the presidential seat. Click HERE to read more. — At OAS meeting, friends of Haiti pin hopes on Oct. 9 election Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald  July 25th, 2016 Buoyed by the desire to […]

Background on Jocelerme Privert, Haiti’s Interim President

On February 14th, Jocelerme Privert was appointed interim president by Haiti’s parliament. His appeal to both the private sector and the people, coupled with his experience in the government, were determinant factors in his new appointment as interim president. Anti-government protests denouncing the fraudulent elections of October 25th have quieted since his appointment to office. The article touches on his political experience and his detention after the false accusations relating to the “La Scierie” massacre. His main tasks will be be to restore faith in the political process and to run fair elections in the near future. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for full text. Haiti’s Jocelerme Privert: From ‘political prisoner’ to president Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald February 18, 2016 In the days since his unconventional rise to the pinnacle of power, the man who successfully managed President […]

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