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How US Policy Causes Injustice in Haiti

Though the United States vowed to help Haiti rebuild after the earthquake, many of its policies towards Haiti lacked results or even worsened the situation. This article examines initiatives like the Caracol industrial park built after the 2010 earthquake, as well as US meddling in Haiti’s elections and labor to make Haiti more amenable to foreign interests. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Why Things Continue to Go Wrong in Haiti, and How U.S. Policy Is Responsible Washington has been meddling in a country it doesn’t believe should be allowed to chart its own path. Antony Loewenstein, AlterNet September 24, 2015 The industrial park in Caracol, northern Haiti, never receives tourists. It’s a collection of factories producing clothes for some of America’s leading retailers including Walmart and Target. The opening of the facility in 2012 […]

A Reconstruction Success in Haiti?

This article is about a development called Village La Difference, which was meant to provide housing for earthquake survivors but ended up with more of an assortment of residents due to amenities like reliable electricity . In this Village, a group of women and garment workers from the local industrial park support each other in hopes that the development won’t become another failure of Haiti’s reconstruction. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text and audio. ‘Women aren’t a broom to be left in the corner’ Amy Bracken, PRI’s The World January 12, 2015 After Haiti’s disastrous earthquake in 2010, foreign aid poured into the country. Much of it went to long-term efforts to get people employed and housed. But results have been disappointing. The US Agency for International Development, for example, initially pledged to construct 15,000 permanent houses; only […]

Misplaced Priorities in Haiti Post-Quake

From the handling of aid in the immediate aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, to the current handling of the cholera epidemic brought by UN peacekeepers, international priorities have often taken precedence over Haitian needs. The housing crisis that remains since the earthquake, failed education reform, and even the current political crisis can all be attributed to this. Haitians continue to stand up and fight for their rights and the respect they deserve. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Black Haitian Lives Matter: Haiti on the Fifth Anniversary of the Earthquake Jesse Hagopian, Truthout January 12, 2015 Why have you come to save me? Why have you come to save me? You, Americans, have saved me Who will save me now? – Popular song during the American occupation of Haiti, 1994. They were the longest 30 […]

Suggestions à la presse en commémorant le séisme du 2010

Ci dessous est partie d’un Dossier de Presse basé sur des opinions de 17 organisations Haïtiennes à l’occasion de la commémoration du séisme de 2010. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complet. Click HERE for the English version. Dossier de Presse 17 organisations démocratiques et populaires haïtiennes analysent et proposent à l’occasion de la commémoration du 5ième anniversaire du séisme du 12 janvier 2010 31 décembre 2014 Introduction Ce dossier s’adresse principalement aux journalistes étrangers qui vont contribuer à la couverture médiatique à l’occasion de la commémoration du 5e anniversaire du séisme du 12 janvier 2010. Le dossier veut attirer l’attention des journalistes sur la présence et le travail des organisations démocratiques et populaires. L’objectif de ce dossier est de donner un aperçu des visions, des analyses et des revendications présentes au sein des organisations haïtiennes, proches de la majorité de la population. Ainsi on veut rappeler à la […]

BAI and Cornell Review Haiti’s Minimum Wage Law

This letter, written by Bureau des Avocats Internationaux and Cornell University Law School, is an analysis of the 300 gourde per day standard for piece-rate workers in Haiti. In it, they establish that the Haitian legislature and courts that possess the authority to establish and interpret the country’s minimum wage law, not the industry and government representatives who have sought to nullify its pay requirements for piece-rate workers. The letter was written in response to the Worker Rights Consortium’s request for analysis by American and Haitian labor and human rights law experts. Part of the letter is below. Click HERE for the full text. October 20, 2014 Dear Mr. Hensler: In response to your request, the Cornell Labor Law Clinic (Clinic) and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) have undertaken a thorough review of the 2009 Haitian Minimum Wage statute as applied to garment workers […]

Ouvriers revoquées après avoir demandé un salaire juste

La plupart des ouvriers ne gagnent pas le salaire minimum fixé par la loi haitienne. Quand des ouvriers de la CODEVI ont protesté leurs salaires, les responsables de CODEVI ont décidé de révoquer ces ouvriers. Maintenant, les ouvriers demandent justice, réparations, et le respect du code du travail haïtien. Haiti-Sous-traitance: des ouvriers de la CODEVI à Ouanaminthe dénoncent leur révocation Sylvestre Fils Dorcilus, Haiti Press Network 7 aout 2014 81 ouvriers de la Compagnie de développement et industrielle S.A. (CODEVI S.A.), basé à Ouanaminthe, dans le département du Nord’Est, ont dénoncé leur révocation, qu’ils qualifient d’arbitraire au sein de l’entreprise. Cette vague de révocation, selon les explications de l’une des victimes, qui a débuté depuis le vendredi 1e août, de manière informelle, a été poursuivi jusqu’au lundi 11. Des agents de sécurité de la compagnie ont été déployés aux abords des […]

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