Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

U.S. Intervention in Haiti’s Agriculture and Elections

Right now, Haitians are speaking out against US intervention in two major sectors: agriculture and elections. In agriculture, the US Department of Agriculture plans to ship 500 metric tons of Haiti to help with the hunger crisis, despite the fact that Haiti is already self-sufficient in the peanut industry. If carried out, this plan will destabilize Haiti’s agricultural sector, just like similar programs have done in the past. Regarding elections, U.S. proconsul Kenneth Merten has been making many trips to Haiti to meet with Haiti’s political leaders. While most Haitians demand a verification of the previous rounds of elections, Merten has asked that the verification be very quick and not change the results (though the verification is expected to find rampant fraud). Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Don’t Dump Peanuts on Haiti, Campaigners Tell the […]

Haiti Preps for Election Verification Through Continued U.S. Pressure

As Haiti prepares for the long-awaited election verification, the U.S. State Department’s special coordinator for Haiti has been meeting with Haitian officials. The U.S. stance is to complete the verification process as soon as possible and not change any of the previous election results. But what if the verification discovers the massive fraud that those in favor of verification have alleged? US official visits Haiti to assess progress toward elections David McFadden, The Washington Post April 28, 2016 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The U.S. State Department’s special coordinator for Haiti arrived in the troubled Caribbean nation Thursday seeking to help resolve a political standoff that has left elections in limbo. Kenneth Merten began talks with Haitian officials and international partners focusing on steps needed to conclude a stalled electoral cycle that began last year. The U.S. was careful in its language, saying Merten […]

Letter from the Haitian-American Community to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Elections in Haiti

Click HERE for the pdf version of this letter. April 7, 2016 Letter from the Haitian-American Community to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Elections in Haiti The Honorable John Kerry Secretary of State U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, D.C. 20520 Dear Secretary Kerry: We respectfully urge the State Department to chart a far different and better course in Haiti than it has so far. We believe that the Department’s positions to date have undermined Haiti’s democracy while harming the United States’ credibility in Haiti. We request that the United States adopt a policy that prioritizes respect for Haitians’ democratic rights, not political expediency. Recent U.S. policy towards Haiti has contributed to a dangerous process of political polarization. On December 26, the day before an election evaluation commission was set to review allegations of irregularities, […]

Haitian Community Divided Over Clinton’s Record in Haiti

Particularly in Florida, which is home to the largest Haitian population in the US, the Haitian community is split on whether or not to support Hillary Clinton as president. In Haiti, Clinton has had a less-than-stellar track record–from pressuring a past administration to change the election results, to missing earthquake recovery money, to possible insider deals for her brother, Tony Rodham. Some in the Haitian community feel that Clinton might have a better impact on Haitians in the U.S. than in Haiti or, at the very least, put Haiti on the map in U.S. policies. High Hopes for Hillary Clinton, Then Disappointment in Haiti Yamiche Alcindor, The New York Times March 14, 2016 Carrying horns, handwritten signs and bottles of gasoline to set tires on fire, a group of men marched into one of the many protests that have paralyzed parts of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, […]

Will Hillary Clinton Get Away with Haiti/Honduras Election Interference?

Haiti is currently facing an electoral crisis that can largely be attributed to Hillary Clinton. In 2010, Clinton pressured the Haitian president and electoral commission to change the election results in favor of now-ex-president Martelly. In today’s US elections, Clinton has managed to avoid any questions on her support of un-democratic governments in both Haiti and Honduras though both countries are still enduring the repercussions of her actions. Perhaps bringing such issues to light could help Haiti avoid repeating history, and help Haiti on the path of fair and democratic elections. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. For background info on Haiti’s elections, click HERE. Hillary Clinton needs to answer for her actions in Honduras and Haiti Karen Attiah, The Washington Post March 10, 2016 If there was anything refreshing about Wednesday’s Democratic debate in Miami, it […]

State Department vs. “Will of the Haitian People” in Haiti’s Elections

By Nancy Young IJDH Volunteer February 19, 2016 There were two press conferences the day before the protest on Feb. 18 against foreign interference in Haiti’s elections and democracy. One was held in person at the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux in Port-au-Prince, the other by teleconference by the US State Department. At the BAI press conference, Mario Joseph told about 30 Haitian journalists how the foreign occupation of Haiti and the obstruction of a truly inclusive democracy had brought poverty and hunger to the country. David Oxygene of MOLEGHAF, a Haitian pro-democracy group, condemned the “neoliberal transition” and said that because of the foreign occupation of the country, Haiti has a history of slavery and sharecropping, of cholera and coups d’etat. Both Joseph and Oxygene said the foreign interference in their country’s democracy must end and so there would be […]

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