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Haitian Government Makes Statement on Cholera for the First Time

This has been a year of first steps towards justice for Haiti’s cholera victims. For the first time since cholera was brought to Haiti by United Nations peacekeepers in 2010, a Haitian leader (interim President Jocelerme Privert) has made a statement demanding justice. About a month before that, a UN spokesperson finally admitted the UN’s involvement in causing the epidemic. Hopefully the Haitian government can keep the ball rolling towards cholera eradication and reparations. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti calls on UN to eradicate cholera, assist victims Valéry Bennett, Haiti Sentinel September 23, 2016 NEW YORK, New York, US ( – For the first time since its introduction, a Haitian leader has joined the calls of its citizens in demanding the United Nations eradicate cholera and provide reparations to those affected by it. Haitian […]

President Privert Answers the Call of Cholera Victims in U.N. General Assembly Address

September 23, 2016 Friday morning, Provisional President of Haiti Jocelerme Privert addressed the 71st General Assembly of the United Nations. In his speech, he pledged the country’s support for the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, stressed the importance of the U.N.’s efforts to address the global refugee crisis, and made the case that Haiti was ready for its October 9th elections despite financial, technical, and logistical problems. It was the final portion of his remarks, though, that victims of cholera introduced by U.N. peacekeepers were most pleased to hear: (translated from French) “Over recent years, my country and people have suffered tremendously from waves of infectious diseases such as malaria, cholera, Zika, chikungunya, dengue, and I spare you more. In order to overcome these scourges, declarations of good intent, comforting though they are, are of no effect. We need real […]

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 […]

Is the United States Undermining Haiti’s Democracy?

Now that the United States has decided to withdraw funding from the redo of Haiti’s presidential elections, Haitians are starting to unite to find a way to fund the elections themselves. Unfortunately, the U.S. withdrawal, as well as the country’s continual denouncing of Haiti’s attempt at a more democratic process, may be detrimental to the credibility of the elections. While many take Haiti funding its own elections as a step towards sovereignty and improving the process, the electoral process is still being blocked by a portion of Parliament and there are also many concerns about what the U.S. will do once the elections have taken place. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Will a Haiti election without U.S. dollars undermine the vote? Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald July 18, 2016 For months, the United States has […]

Latest Haiti Election News from IJDH & Partners’ Blog

What’s going on with Haiti’s elections? This latest News Roundup from the Haiti Elections Blog includes conflicts over the end of interim president Privert’s term; withdrawal of the European Union observers; political wrangling by former president Martelly’s party, PHTK; and more. Whether or not the international community will fight against a re-run of Haiti’s elections remains to be seen. Click HERE for the full News Roundup. Haiti Elections News Roundup – June 20 Haiti Elections Blog June 20, 2016 The end of interim President Jocelerme Privert’s 120-day term came and went on June 14 without any decision by Haiti’s parliament, leaving confusion in its wake. The disputes over extending Privert’s mandate spilled out into the streets, with some of his opponents hinting at the possibility of his removal by force. The international powers expressed their dismay at the political uncertainty created […]

No Decision Made on Privert’s Term: Unrest Continues

June 14th was supposed to be the day that Jocelerme Privert ended his 120 day transitional government, but parliament has not yet come to a conclusion on his term. Had elections gone successfully, there would have been a new president in place by now. However, the verification commission found widespread fraud in the elections so Haiti is still without an elected president. Haiti’s national assembly needs to vote on whether or not to prolong Privert’s presidency despite the February accord’s deadline. Anti-Privert protests are being planned, as well as Pro-Privert marches, and it is clear that parliament needs to make a decision. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full article. — More uncertainty for Haiti as parliament fails to decide on Privert Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald June 15th, 2016 PORT-AU-PRINCE An upbeat and smiling Jocelerme Privert walked into […]

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