Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

U.S. Hypocrisy Towards Haitian Migrants

This article analyzes the hypocrisy of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) decision to resume noncriminal deportations to Haiti. The decision came soon after President Obama spoke about the need to have “open arms” for refugees around the world at the United Nations General Assembly. DHS’ justification of the deportations – that country conditions are stable enough and that Temporary Protected Status and the Haitian Family Reunification Program (HFRP) will help Haitians – also rings hollow. Haiti is still facing both a cholera and a political crisis, both of which the U.S. was involved in. HFRP is also severely limited, leaving thousands who have been approved for visas waiting in Haiti for up to 13 years. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Obama’s contradictory stance toward black asylum seekers Opal Tometi, The Hill September 28, 2016 […]

UN Impunity Hurts Those it Intends to Help

The United Nations has a long and storied history of mistreating the vulnerable populations it seeks to help. From the withholding of food to those in refugee camps to allegations of sexual assault and abuse by UN Peacekeepers and even the outbreak of cholera in Haiti, the international organization has failed to reform such behavior and hold itself accountable. Immunity from local laws permits UN personnel to exist without repercussions for their actions leading to atrocious crimes against vulnerable populations and protection for aggressors. End the UN’s Legal Immunity Ian Hurd, The Hill July 22, 2016   When the United Nations housed Roma refugees in Kosovo, it built their camp next to a lead-smelting plant. For years, the UN ignored the residents’ complaints that toxic waste was causing seizures, miscarriages, brain damage, and more. A UN report last week excoriated the […]

Why is everyone so worried about USDA’s peanut shipment to Haiti?

When the US Department of Agriculture announced a plan to ship surplus US peanuts to Haiti to feed malnourished children, there was an immediate and prolonged backlash. From Haitian farmers to economists to human rights groups in the US, many spoke out urging the USDA to reconsider, especially given the devastating impact US shipments of rice had on Haiti’s rice market and farmers. While the plan may sound generous on the surface, the USDA doesn’t seem to have done any market analysis or sought to make this plan sustainable without interfering with Haitian peanut farmers’ livelihoods. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Dumping nuts Raymond C. Offenheiser, The Hill May 11, 2016 It’s a classic case of good intentions gone bad. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is planning to dump 500 metric tons of […]

Do US/UN think “bad elections are better than no elections” in Haiti?

Although an estimated 90% of Haitians believe that the reported results of the first round of presidential elections are fraudulent, the United States and United Nations continue to push for the final round of elections to happen as soon as possible. It seems that their mantra is “bad elections are better than no elections” but this overlooks the potentially devastating consequences of having a government that Haitians don’t trust for five years. The U.S. claimed to intervene in the 2011 electoral process because of fraud by the government at the time so why is it silent when the Martelly government is accused of rampant fraud? Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Without a full recount, Haiti’s presidential elections are a scam Jacques Jonassaint, The Hill April 13, 2016 The United States and the U.N. continue to push for […]

US Must Use Its Influence for Fair Haitian Elections

The Congressional Blog, The Hill, has published IJDH Director Brian Concannon’s op-ed on Haiti’s elections. In it, he urges the US State Department to use its influence to make sure that Haiti’s elections are fair and democratic, rather than accepting the severely flawed process so far. Disenchanted Haitians are protesting and demanding a fair process but so far, the US has  dismissed complaints and said the process must keep going forward. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. The show must not go on Brian Concannon, The Hill December 8, 2015 Haiti’s President, Michel Martelly, is a charismatic showman who has been a faithful ally to the Obama administration for the past five years. But it is time for his public office curtain call, and the administration needs to stop supporting his illegal efforts to extend his engagement. […]

How US Intervention Undermines Haitian Democracy

Haiti’s August 9th round of elections was deeply flawed and widely denounced by Haitian activists and human rights groups. Yet the United States, the Martelly government, and the Provisional Electoral Council essentially declared the election good enough to proceed with its results. This article examines the importance of this reaction, particularly from the US, in destabilizing Haiti. It compares this flawed election with that of 2010 (which is generally accepted as flawed though this round was worse) and discusses past US interventions in Haiti, concluding that fair and inclusive elections without interference are the only way for Haiti to advance. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti: US interference wins elections Kevin Moran and Azadeh Shahshahani, The Hill October 13, 2015 Haiti’s sham election on Aug. 9, 2015 was characterized by extremely low voter turnout, with […]

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