Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

What is the Provisional Electoral Council?

This article describes the latest version of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) in Haiti, which is tasked with leading the elections. One major cause of the current political crisis is the lack of constitutional CEPs in the past. The constitutionality of the newest CEP is still up for debate but it has a crucial role to play in ensuring fair and democratic elections in Haiti. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. A Look at the New Provisional Electoral Council Center for Economic and Policy Research February 6, 2015 Haiti’s current Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), formed in late January, is the fourth incarnation of an electoral council since Martelly’s ascension to the presidency in 2011. With elections delayed over three years, parliament ceasing to function and the country run by a de facto government, the […]

U.S. Ambassador Calling One-Man Rule in Haiti Constitutional is Incorrect, Dangerous

Cliquez ICI pour la version française. For immediate release Contact: Nicole Phillips, Esq. Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (San Francisco),,  +510-715-2855 Brian Concannon, Jr., Esq., Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (Boston),, +1-617-652-0876-263‑0029 (English, French, Creole) U.S. Ambassador Calling One-Man Rule in Haiti Constitutional is Incorrect, Dangerous Boston, January 30, 2015 — The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) reacted to the statement by United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power that Haiti’s President Martelly’s rule by executive authority without a Parliament is “permitted by Haiti’s Constitution,” calling it “incorrect as a matter of fact, and dangerous as a foundation for policy.” Ambassador Power made the statement on January 29, in a UN briefing about the UN Security Council’s January 23-25 mission to Haiti. Elections have not been held in Haiti for over […]

Diplomats Ignore Problems with One-Man Rule in Haiti

After the United Nations Security Council’s recent visit to Haiti, diplomats were quick to applaud President Martelly’s efforts to work with the opposition and praise his progress. Haitians, on the other hand, recognize the large role the president played in causing the current crisis and his continued shortcomings in resolving it. Martelly has a great opportunity to restore constitutional, inclusive elections in Haiti. The international community’s unbiased support would go a long way in achieving that. Click HERE for the original. One-man rule in Haiti Editorial, Miami Herald January 26, 2015 U.N. diplomats did their best to put a smiley face on the grim picture in Haiti during a weekend visit, but no amount of diplomatic artistry can conceal the ugly truth: Haiti is back to one-man rule, and no one can say how long it will last. The high-profile visit […]

Will UN Security Council Support Democratic Elections?

January 23-25, the United Nations Security Council visited Haiti to push for a resolution to the current political crisis. They visited many key sites in Haiti, such as mass graves for the 2010 earthquake victims, but everyone they met emphasized the importance of elections. Ambassador Samantha Power stated that the Council was there to figure out how to help Haiti with the crisis, not to take sides. We hope that those words will be honored. Click HERE for the original. U.N. Security Councils ends ‘informative’ visit to Haiti Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald January 25, 2015 PORT-AU-PRINCE The United Nations Security Council wrapped up a three-day mission Sunday urging Haiti’s warring politicians to work together to stage elections as quickly as possible while remaining mum on whether it will move ahead with plans to reduce the presence of its 7,100-strong peacekeeping mission […]

Samantha Powers Remarks on Security Council Haiti Trip

From January 23-25, the United Nations Security Council visited Haiti to assess its progress since the 2010 earthquake, and to press for elections. Below are Ambassador Samantha Power’s remarks at the end of the trip. Click HERE for the original. Remarks at a Press Conference at the End of the Visit of the Security Council to Haiti Samantha Power, United States Mission to the United Nations January 25, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE My name is Samantha Power and I am the American Ambassador to the United Nations and co-lead, with my colleague Cristian from Chile, of this trip. We, the very diverse members of the Security Council, had a very informative and productive visit to Haiti. We will have time in a minute for questions, but I will just share with you a few of the key messages that we heard […]

Conférence de presse du Conseil de sécurité en Haïti

Le Conseil de sécurité de l’Onu a visité Haïti de 23 au 25 janvier afin d’évaluer les progrès accomplis par Haïti depuis le tremblement de terre et de faire pression pour des élections. Ci-dessous est une transcription officielle de la conférence de presse, y compris une séance de questions et réponses. Cliquez ICI pour l’original. Les notes de presse de la conférence de presse du Conseil de sécurité CONFERENCE DE PRESSE DES MEMBRES DU CONSEIL DE SECURITE 25 janvier 2015 Introduction de Sophie Boutaud de la Combe Bienvenue à cette conférence de presse qui clôture la visite de trois jours du Conseil de sécurité en Haïti codirigée par le Président du Conseil de sécurité, le Représentant permanent du Chili aux Nations Unies, l’ambassadeur Cristian Barros Melet et la Représentante permanente des Etats Unis auprès des Nations Unies, l’ambassadeur Samantha Power. Durant cette visite, les 15 membres […]

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