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Investigative Report Highlights Systemic Nature of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in MINUSTAH

While instances of sexual exploitation and abuse have been widely documented in the MINUSTAH peacekeeping mission, a new investigative report suggests that the number of formal allegations drastically underrepresents the extent of the crimes; sexual exploitation and abuse in MINUSTAH indicates a systemic problem in both the peacekeeping mission and the UN’s approach to bringing justice to the survivors. UN actions to address issues of sexual exploitation and abuse have been inadequate to affect real change, and have even deterred more people from reporting. This report highlights the preliminary findings from a 27-day investigation by independent investigator Mark Snyder, and strongly urges the UN to launch an immediate and in-depth investigation into the abuses. Click HERE to watch a new Fault Lines documentary entitled “Haiti By Force: UN Sex Abuse.” Part of the introduction to the investigative report is shown below. Click HERE for the full […]

Komite Jistis pou Twa (3) Fanm Soud nan Kabare yo / Justice Committee for the Three (3) Deaf Women in Cabaret

Port-au Prince, le 08 Mars 2017 LETTRE OUVERTE A LA NATION HAITIENNE ET AU MONDE ENTIER A l’approche de 18 mars 2017, date qui marquera le premier anniversaire de l’assassinat des trois (3) femmes sourdes à Cabaret (Sophonie GELIN, Vanessa PREVIL et Monique VINCENT),  le 18 mars 2016. Le KOMITE JISTIS POU 3 FANM SOUD KABARE YO tient à exprimer son indignation face au traitement discriminatoire et laxiste des autorités judiciaires, et au mépris inquiétant des instances se donnant pour tâche  de défendre les droits des femmes en Haïti, en particulier le Ministère à la Condition Féminine et aux Droits de la Femme, à l’égard de ce dossier. En effet, selon les faits rapportés par le  Réseau National de Défense des Droits Humains (RNDDH) , dans son rapport publié le 26 Avril 2016[1], dans l’après-midi du 18 mars 2016  Sophonie […]

Food Insecurity Plagues Haiti in Hurricane Matthew Aftermath

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, over 800,000 Haitians were left without food, and approximately 280,000 are still highly food insecure. The storm destroyed agriculture, livestock and homes; many Haitians lost their entire livelihoods to the massive storm. Its effects will also continue to plague the country in years to come; 2/3 of jobs in Haiti are based in agriculture, and the country is dependent upon subsistence farming to generate food for its citizens. However, droughts leading up to the hurricane caused food production to already fall behind necessary levels, and Haiti is ranked the 7th most vulnerable country to climate change. Significant policy changes must address Haiti’s chronic food insecurity and vulnerability to natural disasters in order to alleviate the food shortages facing the country. Part of the report is shown below. Click HERE for the original report. Special Report: Failed policies in Haiti fuel a […]

Update on Hurricane Matthew Aftermath

Five months ago, a category-4 hurricane struck Haiti and created a devastating humanitarian emergency, affecting 2.1 million in the country. Emergency response has provided over 1 million people with food assistance, although there remain many critical needs that must still be addressed. Now, emergency response is coming to an end and shifting its focus to promote recovery in all sectors. Part of the report is shown below. Click HERE for the original report. Hurricane Matthew – Situation Report No. 35 (04 March 2017) ReliefWeb March 4, 2017 Situation Overview: Category-4 Hurricane Matthew violently struck southwestern Haiti on 4 October 2016 bringing heavy rainfall in the south, southeast and the north-west, and creating the largest humanitarian emergency in the country since the 2010 earthquake. It caused considerable damage to housing and agricultural sectors. The Directorate of Civil Protection of Haiti (DPC) reported that over five hundred people lost their lives […]

Money Laundering and Voting Problems Cloud Haiti’s Presidency

After coming in first place for Haiti’s president the first time around, Jovenel Moïse had to compete for the spot again when the elections were redone due to fraud. The second time around, Moïse apparently came won in the first round by capturing over 50% of the votes. Many questions about his legitimacy remain, however, due to extremely low voter turnout in the election and a continuing money-laundering case against Moïse. If the judge investigating the case does not try to prosecute Moïse, there are questions of whether Moïse will follow in the footsteps of former president Michel Martelly in surrounding himself with affiliates of former dictator Duvalier. Moïse has also indicated his willingness to collaborate with U.S. President Trump, as two businessmen. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti Inaugurates a New President Dogged […]

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 […]

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