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PHTK Members Support Wanted Drug Trafficker Guy Philippe

Supporters of PHTK, former president Martelly’s party have spoken out in support of Guy Philippe, a Senate candidate who is wanted by the US Drug Enforcement Agency for drug trafficking. The supporters say that Philippe was not responsible for the attack against a major police station, as one of the attackers alleged. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Les Cayes attack: Martelly supporters solidarity with Guy Philippe Haiti Sentinel May 20, 2016 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Ouest, Haiti ( – Supporters of the former Martelly regime held a press conference Friday to lend their support and solidarity to Guy Philippe, a fugitive of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) who is accused of having orchestrated a terror attack on the departmental police station in Les Cayes, Haiti on Monday. Officials from Repons Peyizan, the political party former […]

Paramilitaries Attack a Police Station in Haiti

Before dawn on May 16, a group of paramilitaries attacked the police station in Haiti’s third-largest city, resulting in four deaths and many injuries. An interview with one of the attackers, Théléus, revealed that they were under the command of Guy Philippe, a Senate candidate who helped lead the 2004 coup d’ état and is wanted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for drug trafficking. Théléus said that this attack is part of a larger plan to attack police stations all over Haiti, create havoc, and overthrow the provisional president. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Guy Philippe’s Paramilitaries Launch Deadly Attack Against the Aux Cayes Police Station Yves Pierre-Louis, Haïti Liberté May 18, 2016 In the hours before dawn on Mon., May 16, 2016, heavily armed assailants, dressed in green and camouflage army uniforms, attacked the main […]

Murder of 3 Deaf Women Sparks Protests in Haiti

Three deaf women were tortured and brutally murdered while walking home late at night, sparking a huge protest by disability rights groups and their supporters in Haiti’s capital on April 1. Though the wife of one man implicated in this crime tried to make excuses for him, advocates say that violence against disabled women is all too common. According to IJDH’s Nicole Phillips, deaf women are attacked in particular because they can’t scream. Haiti protest demands justice for 3 slain deaf women David McFadden, Yahoo! News April 1, 2016 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Hundreds of protesters marched in Haiti’s capital on Friday to demand justice following the brutal killings of three deaf women who were tortured, stoned and left in a gully by attackers. Mickelson Jean, leader of a Haitian association for the deaf, was one of roughly 300 people who […]

Haiti’s Fraudulently-Elected Parliament

With all of the attention on the presidential elections that began in October 2015, many seem to have forgotten about the fraud and violence that decided the August 2015 elections. The analysis below describes how those with the most money and power were able to take key spots in Haiti’s legislature during and following Haiti’s first round of elections. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Power and Money Rules in Artibonite Legislative Elections Haiti Relief and Reconstruction Watch, Center for Economic and Policy Research February 7, 2016 Months before the August legislative elections last year, a small scandal erupted in the electoral bureau of Haiti’s Artibonite department. Nine months later Haiti remains mired in a political crisis, but how this came to be has faded from the headlines. Tracing the election’s flaws from the beginning, in […]

Last-Minute Cancellation of Haiti’s January 24 Election

After countless protests and threats of violence, Haiti’s Electoral Council (CEP) announced the cancellation of the presidential runoff election, two days before it was scheduled to happen. Protests against the election were based on perceptions of the election being illegitimate, given the fraud that marred the electoral process in previous rounds. The  CEP hasn’t yet announced a new date for the presidential runoff but the current president’s term is Constitutionally required to end February 7th. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti Postpones Presidential Runoff as Violence Rises Frances Robles, The New York Times January 22, 2016 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A runoff election to choose the next president of Haiti was delayed on Friday, less than 48 hours before it was to take place, as protesters who expected a rigged outcome began to block roads […]

Despite warnings, US pushes for fraudulent elections to proceed

With daily protests and one candidate boycotting, many fear that holding elections on January 24 will result in major violence in Haiti. Still, the Haitian (besides the Senate) and US governments are pushing for the elections to proceed regardless. Apparently, “Some experts wondered whether American officials were worried about being called before Congress to testify about the money spent on such a flawed process.” Either way, Haitians are not likely to let such fraudulent elections proceed without a challenge. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. U.S. Presses for Haiti Runoff Vote Amid Fears of Violence and Fraud Frances Robles, The New York Times January 21, 2016 After spending more than $33 million on a widely discredited election in Haiti, the United States has been pressing the country’s leaders to go ahead with a runoff presidential […]

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