Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Michel Martelly’s Short Honeymoon (The Fresh Outlook)

By. Nicole Phillips, The Fresh Outlook May 3, 2011 Nicole Phillips is a Staff Attorney at the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti. Here she discusses the recent announcement of Michel “Sweet Mickey” Martelly as Haiti’s new President. Michel “Sweet Mickey” Martelly, Haiti’s President-elect, has won the hearts of the international community and foreign press, but enjoys much less enthusiasm from his own citizens. With Martelly at her side, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton declared at a press conference last week that the election “offered the people of Haiti an opportunity to give voice to their dreams for their country’s future.” The reality that 83.3% of registered voters did not vote for Martelly, however, might make this Haitian honeymoon short. Despite strong international support for Martelly, he barely made it onto the ballot for the March 20 runoff […]

MINUSTAH: Obstacle to Democracy in Haiti

By Nicole Phillips and Kevin Edmonds, The Fresh Outlook   Nicole Phillips, Staff Attorney at the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti and Assistant Director for Haiti Programs at the University of San Francisco School of Law, and Kevin Edmonds, freelance journalist, write about UN peace keeping force, MINUSTAH’s involvement in the forthcoming Haiti elections. Haiti’s elections planned for November 28, could aggravate the country’s tragedies and inequalities that were brought to the world’s attention after the January 12 earthquake. Highly politicized authorities have illegally excluded all the candidates from the country’s most popular political party, Fanmi Lavalas, and other progressive candidates. Haitians know a fraudulent election when they see one and took their complaints to the streets. Thousands of Haitians have protested all across the country. The United Nations peace keeping force, MINUSTAH, have assisted the Haitian National […]

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