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Haiti Now Has an Interim President

After a 12-hour legislative session, Haiti’s National Assembly has selected Jocelerme Privert, former Senate head, as the interim president of Haiti. Based on an accord between the Assembly and former president Martelly, Privert’s main task will be to organize elections in 120 days so he can be replaced by a legitimately-elected president. The questions now are whether Privert will be able to organize fair elections in that time-frame, and whether he will be willing to step down once his time is up. The article description is below. Click HERE for the video and original post. The 120-Day President: Haiti’s Power Struggle (Dispatch 4) VICE News February 15, 2016 Haiti’s National Assembly selected Jocelerme Privert as the country’s interim president on Sunday in a move aimed at filling a power vacuum threatening stability in the Caribbean nation, seven days after the […]

Haiti’s 2nd Round of Elections Smoother Than the First, But…

Although Haiti’s second round of elections–which includes the first round for President–went much better than the first round, a lot is still up in the air. At many voting centers, there were more party observers (mandataires) than voters, the mandataires sometimes voted multiple times or gave out credentials to others after voting, and the votes still have to be counted. Some of the ballots will be thrown out due to fraud but it is unclear how many and how rampant fraud was throughout the country. Regardless of the presidential outcome, the fraud that plagued the first round of elections has important implications for Haiti’s next government. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Landmark Haiti Elections Go Ahead Without Violence Jake Johnston, VICE News October 26, 2015 After violence and fraud marred legislative elections in […]

Haiti’s August 9th Elections Messier Than Expected

This article contrasts what actually happened with Haiti’s first round of elections to what international observers reported. While the international observers tended to be satisfied with the fact that elections were held at all, most Haitian groups reported irregularities too large to ignore. Many call for holding an entirely new election, and many have lost trust in the Council leading the elections because it was very unprepared for holding the elections on time. Overall, it seems like the parties responsible for violence and other irregularities are favored in the preliminary results reported by the Electoral Council. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Fraud, Violence, and Protests Cloud Results of Haitian Election Jake Johnston, VICE News September 6, 2015 On August 9, in the impoverished Cité Soleil neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, a man in plainclothes carrying an […]

UN Peacekeepers Engage in Transactional Sex with Haitian Women

A new report recently obtained by the Associated Press includes interviews with over 200 Haitian women who engaged in transactional sex with peacekeepers in order to obtain basic necessities like food and medication. The report mentioned confusion among peacekeepers about the rules against sexual relations with local people, and even resistance to those rules. IJDH Staff Attorney Beatrice Lindstrom is quoted in this article. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. UN Peacekeepers Reportedly Exchanged ‘Televisions, Perfume and Fancy Underwear’ For Sex Samuel Oakford, VICE News June 11, 2015 United Nations peacekeepers had “transactional sex” with more than 200 Haitian women, according to the organization’s watchdog, which is warning sexual exploitation at UN missions remains underreported. A report by the UN’s Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), first obtained by the Associated Press, contains findings based on interviews […]

Why Was USAID’s Haiti Housing Project So Disastrous?

There have been a few articles and reports on how USAID’s housing project in the north of Haiti failed to live up to projections and also cost millions more than planned. This article delves deeper into how that happened, including lack of oversight from USAID, failure to respect quality control measures and mismanagement of the project. The article includes interviews with some of the contractors who mismanaged the funds and built the poorly-constructed, largely dangerous homes. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. How the US Plan to Build Houses for Displaced Haitians Became an Epic Boondoggle Jake Johnston, Vice News March 5, 2015 After the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010, the US government responded with an ambitious plan to build 15,000 new houses in the country. But the ensuing program to put […]

3 Big Problems in Haiti, 5 Years Post-Quake

This article covers the current political crisis in Haiti, what happened to the aid money donated to Haiti after the earthquake, and the cholera epidemic brought by UN peacekeepers. All three issues can be tied back to international intervention in Haiti. IJDH Executive Director Brian Concannon is cited in the article. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text with videos. Five Years After Devastating Haiti Earthquake, Protesters Want President Martelly to Resign Samuel Oakford, VICE News January 12, 2015 Protests in Haiti against President Michel Martelly seen over the weekend continued on Monday, as the impoverished country marked five years since the 2010 earthquake that killed more than 300,000 people and upended the lives of millions of Haitians. Demonstrators in the capital of Port-au-Prince, some of whom lit tires on fire and clashed with riot police, are demanding […]

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