Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

CARICOM Should Help Haiti Fight for Fair Elections

After weeks of the international community and Haiti’s current president pushing an illegitimate electoral process forward, Haiti’s Electoral Council finally cancelled the elections to prevent worsening of the political crisis. So far, CARICOM has only had a “mildly worded press release” on the issue but it has taken strong stances on Haiti in the past. Now, CARICOM has an opportunity to help Haitians keep fighting for the fair elections that the postponement can allow. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. CARICOM must demonstrate leadership in Haiti’s electoral process this time around Kevin Edmonds, Stabroek News January 25, 2016 Haiti’s most recent cycle of presidential elections has been marred by irregularities and significant allegations of corruption to the point that a group of eight leading opposition candidates, the Haitian Senate and leading figures in civil society […]

Complexities and Contradictions: CARICOM and Haitian Elections

By Kevin Edmonds, Stabroek News The upcoming Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Haiti on November 28th highlight the complexities and difficulties of intergovernmental organizations which seek to chart foreign policy positions outside of the umbrella of American regional power and influence. CARICOM, rightfully respected for both its previous advocacy and solidarity with Haitian people and their right to self determination following the devastating January 12th earthquake, and their opposition to the 2004 coup of Jean Bertrand Aristide, has since fallen in line with the international community on the question of the 2010 Haitian elections. What remains to be seen is whether or not this endorsement will serve to rubberstamp a process which is widely regarded as illegitimate, due to the highly contested makeup and actions of the Haitian Provisional Electoral Council, and how this will affect the foreign policy of […]

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