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Read excerpt of Moise’s first speech as President

February 7, 2017 - 10:00

Jovenel Moise made his first Presidential speech at the National Palace after taking the oath of office. To read an excerpt of his speech, click the HERE for the original article.

Part of the article is shown below.

“We will build a single Haiti for all Haitians” – Jovenel Moise

HaitiLibre

February 7, 2017

This Tuesday at the National Palace before a crowd of several thousand people, Haitian and foreign political personalities, the 58th President of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse addressed his first speech to the Nation in which he preaches among other things the union between the Haitians for the progress of the country. The President has also pledged to work to ensure that the people of the diaspora who want to return to the country can do it without problems and to work today so that in five years the balance is positive…

Click HERE for the original article.

IJDH Is Now Hiring!

February 7, 2017 - 07:29

We are now hiring a Communications Coordinator and a Legal Fellow.

The Communications Coordinator will manage our advocacy on the internet, in the press and with our supporters. This will be a key member of IJDH’s innovative 8-person team, based in our Boston office. We seek a dynamic individual with strong communication skills, a passion for justice and an appreciation for the power of advocacy. Experience with Haiti and spoken Haitian Creole are crucial. Please apply by March 1, 2017.

Communications Coordinator Description

The Legal Fellow will start September 1, 2017 and work two years. We seek an emerging lawyer passionate about supporting justice struggles in the Global South. The Fellowship at IJDH will focus on developing skills necessary for lawyers from the Global North to support social change movements and progressive lawyers in the Global South and build effective transnational advocacy movements. The Fellow will work closely with IJDH and BAI teams in the U.S. and Haiti on advocacy and legal work, including our groundbreaking project holding the UN accountable for introducing cholera to Haiti. Please apply by April 1, 2017.

Legal Fellow Description

 

Executive Summary of NLG-IADL Report: Haiti’s Unrepresentative Democracy

February 6, 2017 - 11:15

Haiti’s Unrepresentative Democracy: Disenfranchisement and Disillusionment in the November 20 Elections

February 6, 2017

Executive Summary

(Résumé Exécutif ici.)

(Here’s the full report.)

After almost two years of an electoral crisis, Haitian voters returned to the polls on November 20, 2016, for a third time to elect a president, 16 senators and 25 deputies. The presidential election was a long-awaited rerun of the voided, fraudulent October 2015 elections. Procedurally, the November 20 vote was significantly better than the 2015 elections. But despite many improvements in security and electoral administration, Haitians largely stayed away from the polls. Official voter turnout was 21 percent (and as low as 17 percent according to some calculations), a disturbingly low figure that indicates the poor health of Haiti’s democracy today.

The November 20 elections faced a number of political, financial and logistical hurdles. The elections were organized by an interim government that lacked constitutional legitimacy and was tasked with re-establishing trust in the country’s discredited electoral institutions. The interim government’s decision to annul the fraudulent October 2015 presidential election was supported by the Haitian media, human rights organizations, most opposition political parties, and one of the two winning presidential candidates slated for run-off elections, among others. But the cancellation was vigorously contested by the other winning candidate and the international community. The United States and other leading countries in the international community questioned the validity of the decision and cut funding to the electoral process.  The interim government announced it would finance the elections from its own internal revenues, a step that many Haitians applauded as a showing of greater autonomy.

Perhaps the biggest hurdle of all was Hurricane Matthew, which forced yet another postponement a few days before the elections were scheduled to happen on October 9, 2016. The storm destroyed 284 voting centers and washed out many roads. Serious doubts about the preparedness of the country, particularly the devastated South and South West Departments, remained until election day. In such a context, the fact that the November 20 elections happened at all was an accomplishment.

According to election observers, election day was marked by some irregularities and fraud attempts but relatively devoid of disruptions, violence or widespread fraud. Glaring deficiencies in Haiti’s electoral system revealed by the October 2015 vote – such as the lack of safeguards against multiple voting using political party or observer accreditations – were corrected. Well-trained polling station workers, higher-quality electoral materials and a more manageable number of political party monitors were other notable positive changes. In the hurricane-affected areas of the south, citizens were able to go to the polls in most places despite the devastation after the government made emergency road repairs and distributed tents for use as makeshift voting centers.

A large (but hard-to-quantify) number of Haitians did not vote on November 20, not because they did not want to, but because they were unable due to difficulties in obtaining electoral cards, registering to vote and finding their names on electoral lists. Enduring problems with Haiti’s civil registry and the organization responsible for managing it disenfranchised many would-be voters, particularly among the poor and in rural communities. Deficiencies with the civil registry also opened the door to fraud via trafficked identity cards.

Preliminary results were announced on November 28, placing Jovenel Moise of PHTK in first with 55.67 percent of the vote and Jude Celestin of LAPEH in second with 19.52 percent. Several parties requested verification of the November 20 vote based on the possibilities of National Identification Card (CIN) fraud and observations that the tabulation center had accepted votes cast using a fraudulent CIN.  Verification was ordered, but the contesting parties and human rights observers boycotted the review citing the review panel’s failure to follow electoral procedures and lack of transparency.  When the final results were announced on January 3, confirming the preliminary results, many voters had lingering doubts about the results’ veracity.

The November 20 elections are indicative of a profound crisis in Haiti’s electoral system. Following the 1986 overthrow of the Duvalier dictatorship, political participation in general elections was consistently high. Voter turnout in the presidential elections of 1990 and 2000 was 50 percent and 60 percent, respectively.[1] Following the 2004 coup d’état against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, participation began to decline; the November 20, 2016 turnout represented the lowest in Haiti’s history.[2] After the high hopes of the post-Duvalier years, electoral violence, vote-rigging, disenfranchisement, and repeated foreign interventions have bred a deep disillusionment with democracy.

Paradoxically, falling participation rates have occurred alongside massive investments by the international community in Haiti’s electoral apparatus. The millions spent by the U.S. and other Core Group countries on democracy promotion programs in the post-Aristide era have produced an electoral system that is weaker, less trusted and more exclusionary than what came before.

The November 20 elections, in addition to long-overdue commune and municipal elections held on January 29, 2017, have helped Haiti to return to a constitutional government after a several year hiatus.  While Haiti may obtain some much-needed political stability in the short term, a president elected by less than 10 percent of eligible voters faces serious limits to his popular mandate. Even more serious questions remain about the democratic credentials of many senators and deputies, who owe their seats more to the violence, disruptions and fraud of the 2015 elections that put them into office than to the will of Haitian voters. The incoming government, political parties, and the international community are encouraged to take corrective measures to gain the popular trust of the electoral system and improve voter participation, which will allow for a fully democratic mandate of elected officials.

 

[1] National Lawyers Guild, International Association of Democratic Lawyers, Report of the National Lawyers Guild and Association of Democratic Lawyers Delegation on the October 25, 2015, Presidential and Legislative Elections in Haiti 4 (Nov. 2015) available at https://www.nlg.org/nlg-and-iadl-election-observers-establish-flaws-in-haitis-october-25-vote-call-for-independent-investigation/.

[2] Jake Johnston, Breakdown of Preliminary Election Results in Haiti, Center for Economic and Policy Research Haiti Relief and Reconstruction Watch (Dec. 6, 2016), available at http://cepr.net/blogs/haiti-relief-and-reconstruction-watch/breakdown-of-preliminary-election-results-in-haiti.

 

Résumé Exécutif ici.

Here’s the full report.

Report: Troubling Weaknesses in Electoral System Overshadow Return of Constitutional Rule in Haiti [Français Inclus]

February 6, 2017 - 09:56

    

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Nicole Phillips, Esq., Staff Attorney, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), Nicole@ijdh.org, +001 510 715 2855 (in U.S., speaks English and French)

Report: Troubling Weaknesses in Electoral System Overshadow Return of Constitutional Rule in Haiti

(PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, February 6, 2017) – On the eve of President-elect Jovenel Moïse’s inauguration, a new report by international legal observers argues that Haiti’s democratic institutions are suffering a profound crisis of confidence. Low turnout, voter disenfranchisement and lingering concerns about fraud raise troubling questions about the breadth of the incoming president’s mandate, according to the report, entitled Haiti’s Unrepresentative Democracy: Disenfranchisement and Disillusionment in the November 20 Elections.

The report notes that despite many improvements in security and electoral administration over the 2015 elections, the 21 percent voter turnout represents the lowest participation rate for a national election in the Western Hemisphere since 1945. “Many Haitians did not vote, not because they did not want to, but because they were unable due to difficulties in obtaining electoral cards, registering to vote and finding their names on outdated electoral lists,” said attorney Nicole Phillips, delegation leader and co-author of the report.

The report documents how many would-be voters were disenfranchised on November 20, due to pervasive errors on electoral lists, difficulties accessing identity cards, and lack of voter education. Haitian electoral authorities also failed to take adequate measures against fraudulent voting. Prior to the election, the head of the National Identification Office (ONI) admitted that 2.4 million activated but undistributed cards had gone missing, which opened the door to fraud via trafficked identity cards.

A decade of elections marked by violence, vote-rigging, disenfranchisement, and repeated foreign interventions have dashed the high hopes of the post-Duvalier years and bred a deep disillusionment with democracy, according to the report. Paradoxically, falling participation rates have occurred alongside massive investments by the international community in Haiti’s electoral apparatus. Brian Concannon Jr., Executive Director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), notes, “the millions spent by the United States and other Core Group countries on democracy promotion programs have produced an electoral system that is weaker, less trusted and more exclusionary than what came before.”

The report also explains the lack of female political participation as another crisis.  “Only four legislators out of 149 seats are women,” Phillips remarks. “With so few women candidates on the ballots, politics continue to reflect a man’s domain, as reflected in an even lower voter turnout for women (35.67 percent female voters, compared with 64.33 male).” The report notes that women’s and human rights organizations warn that this “catastrophic” lack of representation will have enormous consequences for Parliament; there will be no way of assuring that the needs and interests of women will be taken into account with such a small representation.

President Moïse’s swearing-in will mark a return to constitutional rule after a several-year long hiatus, but there are concerns that he will follow in the undemocratic footsteps of his predecessor. President Michel Martelly surrounded himself with figures tied to the former Duvalier dictatorship and drew criticism from human rights defenders for intimidating journalists and illegally imprisoning opposition political activists.

“With a majority in parliament, the temptation for President Moïse to run roughshod over any opposition will be great,” said Concannon. “But with the backing of only 9.6 percent of registered voters, the incoming president will face serious limits to his popular mandate.” President Moïse is under investigation for money laundering, and has proposed a number of controversial measures, including reviving the Haitian Army and launching ten agricultural free trade zones. The report also notes serious doubts about democratic credentials of many senators and deputies, who owe their seats more to the violence, disruptions and fraud of the 2015 elections that put them into office than to the will of Haitian voters.

The NLG-IADL report calls on the Haitian authorities to clean up electoral lists, eliminate electoral card trafficking, end impunity for electoral violence and fraud, and increase women’s participation in politics.

The NLG and IADL November 2015 report calling for an independent investigation to address widespread allegations of fraud is available at: https://www.nlg.org/nlg-and-iadl-election-observers-establish-flaws-in-haitis-october-25-vote-call-for-independent-investigation/. Also check out their September 2016 report, which details the lack of independence and bias of international observer missions in the 2015 elections, available at: http://www.ijdh.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Democracy-Discouraged-NLG-Report-091916.pdf.

 

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POUR DIFFUSION IMMEDIATE

Contact: Nicole Phillips, Esq., Avocate, Institute pour la Justice & Démocratie en Haïti (IJDH),      Nicole@ijdh.org, +001 510 715 2855

Rapport: Faiblesses Inquiétantes du Système Electoral Ebranlent le Retour de la règle Constitutionnelle en Haïti

(Port-au-Prince, Haïti, 6 Février 2017) – La veille de l’inauguration du Président-élu Jovenel Moïse, un nouveau rapport par des observateurs juridiques internationaux dispute que les institutions démocratiques d’Haïti souffrent d’une profonde crise de confiance. Un faible taux de participation, la privation des droits des électeurs et les préoccupations persistantes au sujet de la fraude soulèvent des questions troublantes quant à l’ampleur du mandat du nouveau président, selon le rapport intitulé Démocratie Non-Représentative d’Haïti: Exclusion et Désillusion dans les Elections du 20 Novembre.

Le rapport note que, malgré de nombreuses améliorations au niveau de la sécurité et de l’administration électorale au cours des élections de 2015, le taux de participation de 21% est le taux de participation le plus bas des élections nationales dans l’hémisphère occidental depuis 1945. «Beaucoup d’Haïtiens n’ont pas voté; non pas parce qu’ils n’ont pas voulu, mais parce qu’ils étaient incapables en raison des difficultés d’obtenir des cartes électorales, s’inscrire pour voter et trouver leurs noms sur des listes électorales périmées, » a déclaré l’avocate Nicole Phillips, chef de délégation et co-auteur du rapport.

Le rapport indique combien d’électeurs potentiels ont été privés du droit de vote le 20 Novembre, en raison d’erreurs omniprésentes dans les listes électorales, des difficultés d’accéder aux cartes d’identité et de manque d’éducation électorale. Egalement, les autorités électorales haïtiennes n’ont pas pris les mesures adéquates contre le vote frauduleux. Avant l’élection, le chef de l’Office National d’Identification (ONI) a admis que 2,4 millions de cartes activées mais non distribuées avaient disparus, ce qui a ouvert la porte à la fraude commise par des cartes d’identités trafiquées.

Une décennie d’élections marquées par la violence, le gréement des votes, la privation des droits, et les interventions étrangères répétées ont jeté les grands espoirs des années post-Duvalier et élevé une profonde désillusion avec la démocratie, selon le rapport. Paradoxalement, la baisse des taux de participation s’est produite parallèlement aux investissements massifs de la communauté internationale dans l’appareil électoral Haïtien. Brian Concannon Jr., Directeur Exécutif de l’Institut pour la Démocratie et la Justice en Haïti, note que « les millions dépensés par les États-Unis et d’autres pays du « Core Group » sur les programmes de promotion de la démocratie ont produit un système électoral plus faible, moins fiable et plus exclusif qu’avant. »

Le rapport explique aussi le manque de participation politique des femmes comme une autre crise. « Seules quatre législateurs sur 149 sièges sont des femmes, » remarque Phillips. « Avec si peu des femmes candidates sur les bulletins de vote, la politique continue de refléter le domaine d’un homme, comme en témoigne une participation encore plus faible des électeurs pour les femmes (35,67% d’électrices, contre 64,33% électeurs). » Le rapport note que les organisations de défense des droits humains et des femmes ont avertis que ce manque de représentation «catastrophique» aura d’énormes conséquences pour le Parlement; il n’y aura aucun moyen d’assurer que les besoins et les intérêts des femmes seront pris en compte avec une représentation aussi faible.

L’assermentation du Président Moïse marquera le retour à la règle constitutionnelle après une pause de plusieurs années, mais il existe des inquiétudes qu’il suivra les traces antidémocratiques de son prédécesseur. L’ex Président Michel Martelly s’est entouré de personnalités liées à l’ancienne dictature de Duvalier et a été critiqué par les défenseurs des droits humains pour avoir intimidé des journalistes et emprisonné illégalement des activistes politiques de l’opposition.

« Avec une majorité au parlement, la tentation pour le Président Moïse de se déchaîner sur toute opposition sera énorme, » a déclaré Concannon. « Mais avec le support de seulement 9,6% des électeurs, le nouveau président affrontera d’énormes limites à son mandat populaire. » Le Président Moïse fait l’objet d’une enquête pour blanchiment d’argent et a proposé un certain nombre des mesures controversées, y compris la relance de l’armée haïtienne et le lancement de dix zones de libre-échange agricole. Le rapport note également des sérieux doutes quant aux pouvoirs démocratiques de nombreux sénateurs et députés, qui doivent leur place à la violence, aux perturbations et à la fraude des élections de 2015 qui les ont mises en place plutôt qu’à la volonté des électeurs Haïtiens.

Le rapport de la Guilde des Avocats Nationaux et l’Association Internationale des Avocats Démocratiques appelle les autorités Haïtiennes à nettoyer les listes électorales, à éliminer le trafic des cartes électorales, à mettre fin à l’impunité pour la violence électorale et la fraude, et à accroître la participation des femmes à la vie politique.

Le rapport de Novembre 2015 de NLG et IADL demandant une enquête indépendante pour traiter les allégations répandues de fraude est ici: https://www.nlg.org/nlg-and-iadl-election-observers-establish-flaws-in-haitis-october-25-vote-call-for-independent-investigation/. Consultez également leur rapport de Septembre 2016, qui détaille le manque d’indépendance et le parti pris des missions internationales d’observation aux élections de 2015: http://www.ijdh.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Democracy-Discouraged-NLG-Report-091916.pdf.

 

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Press Conference with Mother of 2 Peacekeeper Babies | Konferans pou laprès yon manman 2 pitit “casques bleus”

February 6, 2017 - 04:50
Press Conference with a mother of 2 children United Nations peacekeepers abandoned in Haiti

Bureau des Avocats Internationaux
February 2017
Hats off to all of the media who is present at this press conference, and to Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) for the legal support it is giving me and the other mother who are victims in the case of children who MINUSTAH soldiers conceived and then abandoned in Haiti.

The object of this press conference is to ask the Haitian State, which signed the accord for MINUSTAH to come stay in the country, to help me receive child support for the two children a MINUSTAH soldier left me to take care of, even though I don’t even have two pennies to rub together.

My name is Beatrice Germain and I am living in Jeremie, which is in the Grand Anse department of Haiti. Since 2011, a MINUSTAH soldier in the military contingent of “ALFA” which was in Jeremie got me pregnant and left me empty-handed with two kids to take care of for him.

I went through a lot when I was pregnant, because the man had already left the country. After two and a half years, UN authorities came and asked me to take a DNA test, which I did. According to them, the result was positive. To this day, I haven’t gotten any results from them because what they told me was all words and no actions. And the object of the DNA test was supposed to be giving all of the mothers jobs so that they could respond to their children’s needs.

After three years, they called me and gave me a little job, where I had a nine-month contract. The contract ended and they did not renew it and the job told me it’s because the United States doesn’t want them to give jobs to mothers who were abandoned with children of MINUSTAH soldiers. And there’s even an African in the MINUSTAH office in Jeremie who said a lot of bad things to me because I was asking for an explanation of why the contract wasn’t renewed. In addition, they didn’t give me any more aid and one of my two children had a seizure which sometimes comes as epilepsy when he doesn’t eat. The doctor told me to do a scan for him but I don’t have the means to do it. I don’t have two pennies to rub together.

In this sense, since the largest MINUSTAH base in Port-au-Prince snubbed me and the one in Jeremie snubbed me, I am going to the press to ask the State authority who signed and always signs the accord for MINUSTAH to stay in the country: What will they do for me and the two children the MINUSTAH soldier left on my hands? The children can’t eat, they can’t go to school, one is sick and I can’t take care of him, and I have been sleeping on the street in Jeremie with them in the rain since Hurricane Matthew. So I don’t know which saint to pray to anymore because I am tired, I’m weak, I can’t take it anymore.

That is why I will end by asking the authorities and all of the compatriots who are listening to me: Help me because I need to do a $250 scan for my son and I don’t have the means for that. MINUSTAH tells me it is my problem. I am asking the Haitian State to help me so I can get child support from the Uruguayan MINUSTAH soldier who is the father of my two children.

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Konferans pou laprès youn manman 2 pitit « casques bleus » Nasyon Zini yo bandonnen an Ayiti

Bureau des Avocats Internationaux
Fevriye 2017
Mwen wete chapo m byen ba pou m salye tout medya ki prezan nan konferans pou laprès sa, epi Biwo Avoka Entènasyonal yo (BAI) pou sipò jiridik yap ban mwen ak lòt manman viktim yo nan kad dosye timoun sòlda Minista fè epi bandonnen nan peyi a.

Objektif konferans pou laprès sa : se pou mande Leta Ayisyen ki siyen akò pou Minista te vini epi rete nan peyi a, akonpayman pou m jwenn pansyon alimantè pou 2 pitit yon  sòlda Minista lage nan menm pou m okipe pou li, alòske m pap leve ni lou ni lejè e menm dlo mwen pa ka bat pou fè bè.
Non mwen se Beatrice Germain,  mwen ap viv nan vil jeremi ki twouve kò l nan depatman grandans peyi a. Depi lane 2011, yon sòlda Minista  kontenjan militè «  ALFA » ki te nan Jeremi ansent  mwen epi lage m 2 bwa balanse ak 2 pitit pou m okipe pou li.

Mwen te fè anpil demach pendan mwen te ansent lan, paske mesye a te gentan kite peyi a. Sou 2 zan edmi, responsab Nasyonzini yo te vin mande m fè ADN e  mwen te fè l. Daprè sa yo te di m, rezilta a te pozitif. Jis kounya mwen poko jwenn okenn rezilta nan men yo paske se nan bouch, responsab yo te di m sa. E objektif ADN nan se te pou bay tout manman timoun yo travay, yon mannyè  pou yo te ka  reponn ak bezwen timoun yo.

Aprè 3 zan, yo te relem yo banm yon ti djòb, kote m te gen yon kontra 9 mwa. Kontra a vin fini e yo pa t renouvle l paske travay la di m Etazini pa vle yo bay manman pititit sòlda Minista bandonnen yo travay. E gen menm yon Afriken nan biwo Minista jeremi an ki di m anpil pawòl malsen poutèt mwen tap mande eksplikasyon sou kontra a ki pat renouvle a. Anplis,  yo pa banm okenn èd ankò, e mwen gen youn nan 2 timoun yo ki fè yon kriz ki konn pranl sou fòm epilepsi, lè li pa manje. Medsen di pou m fè yon eskanè pou li, men mwen pa gen mwayen pou m fè l. mwen pa gen rele, mwen pa gen reponn; menm dlo mwen pa ka bat pou m fè bè.

Nan sans sa, kòm pi gwo baz Minista nan pòtoprens lan boude m, baz li ki nan jeremi an boude m, mwen pran chimen laprès pou m mande otorite nan leta a ki te siyen e ki toujou siyen akò pou Minista rete nan Peyi a : kisa yap fè pou mwen ak 2 pitit sòlda Minista a lage nan menm yo? Timoun yo pa ka manje, yo pa ka al lekòl,  youn malad e m pa ka pran swen l, mwen ap dòmi nan lari anba lapli nan jeremi ak yo apre siklòn Matye. Kidonk, m pa konn ki sen pou m rele ankò paske m bouke, m pèdi fòs, m pa kapab ankò.

Pou rezon sa, map  fini pou m mande otorite yo ak tout konpatriyòt kap tande m yo : ede m paske mwen dwe fè  yon eskanè 250 dola vèt pou ti gason m nan e mwen pa gen mwayen pou sa. MINUSTAH di m sa se pwoblèm pa m. Map mande leta Ayisyen  akonpaye m,  pou m ka jwenn pansyon alimantè nan men  sòlda MINUSTAH ki soti nan peyi « Uruguey » ki papa 2 pitit mwen yo.

Cholera in Haiti and UN Liability Panel [Video+Article]

February 5, 2017 - 11:13

IJDH Board member Ira Kurzban participated in an esteemed panel on cholera in Haiti and United Nations accountability for causing the epidemic. Since the start of the epidemic in 2010, over 9,000 Haitians have died and over 800,000 have had cholera and the epidemic is still not under control. While then-Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized for not doing enough to stop the epidemic, Dr. Cadet (one of the panelists) made it clear that “the battle is far from being over.” Though the case against the United Nations may be over in court for now, it continues on the streets through advocacy and spreading the word so the fight for cholera continues until the UN ends the epidemic once and for all.

A partial write-up about the panel is below. Here is the full text.

UN immunity beats back legal claims by Haitian cholera victims, battle continues

American Bar Association

February 4, 2017

Despite a significant legal setback last summer, the fight for reparations for victims of Haiti’s cholera epidemic continues.

Four lawyers and a physician agreed during a panel discussion that the battle has been difficult and disappointing, but they will continue to seek improvements to the nation’s sanitary systems and payments from the United Nations for those who have suffered.

“The battle is far from being over,” said Dr. Joseph Pierre-Paul Cadet of the Polyclinique de West Palm Beach. “We have to keep on fighting for those unfortunate people of Haiti.”

More than 9,000 Haitians have died from cholera and more than 800,000 have been infected since the outbreak, which is still not under control, began in 2010. Experts believe the epidemic began when U.N. peacekeepers from Nepal arrived in Haiti to help with earthquake recovery efforts. The experts say some peacekeepers brought cholera with them, and it spread to Haitians when sewage from the peacekeepers’ camp spilled into a local river.

 

Full write-up about the panel here.

A video of the panel is here.

What can Haiti expect from the Trump administration?

February 3, 2017 - 13:52

This article analyzes the likely effects the Trump administration’s decisions will have on Haiti with respect to immigration, international aid and climate change. Deportations are likely to become an issue for Haitians with Temporary Protected Status for Haiti expiring  July 22, 2017. While some Mayors have promised they will be sanctuary cities for undocumented immigrants, the Mayor of Miami, which has the largest Haitian population in the U.S., has announced that he will fully comply with federal officials.

Regarding international aid, the Trump team is considering at least a 40% overall decrease in funding to international organizations. Haiti is a major beneficiary of such aid and it is especially crucial now that the United Nations has announced a new plan to help eliminate the cholera epidemic it sparked in 2010.  The threat to the climate is, of course, of international concern but Haiti is especially vulnerable given its history of strong storms, which will likely become worse.

Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text.

Shockwaves Of Trump’s Turbulent First Week Likely To Reach Haiti

David Henderson, The Haitian Times

February 3, 2017

To say the first week of Donald Trump’s presidency has been hectic would be a massive understatement. He’s passed a flurry of executive orders, sparred with the press, and appeared on television constantly. Its been tough to follow all of Trump’s moves, but it’s critical to analyze his policies, and how they relate to Haiti, with great care. The effects otherwise could be massive.

Immigration

Trump gained a following by promising to be tough on immigrants, and he has in no way backed down from this stance. After taking office, Trump reassured his fervent followers that he would move quickly to deport at least 2 million undocumented immigrants, focusing on those with criminal records. It is worth noting that Barack Obama has long pursued a similar, if less aggressive policy, but the end result has been far from the purge of violent threats to society he intended—immigration officers have shipped thousands of migrants out of the United States for offenses as simple as traffic violations. Trump has extended the definition of criminal even further, to the point that any undocumented migrant within U.S. territory is now a target for deportation.

This is likely to be disastrous for undocumented Haitian immigrants, although not in the short term; Haitian migrants enjoy special protection from the Department of Homeland Security. The temporary protected status granted to Haitians following the earthquake originally expired in 2014. The U.S. government took a long time to act upon this expiration, waiting until the fall to begin deporting Haitians en masse. After Hurricane Matthew, widespread outcry at the cruelty of sending migrants back to their flooded homes prompted the Department of Homeland Security to extend this policy, with Haitians granted temporary protected status until July 22, 2017. So, in the short term, undocumented Haitians are unlikely to face deportation as long as they have applied for temporary protected status, but, given Trump’s unflinchingly tough stance thus far, one can anticipate massive deportations come July.

 

Click HERE for the full text.

Lapolis Ayiti Bezwen Fè Plis Pou Pwoteje Dwa Fanm

February 2, 2017 - 10:19

Pòt pawòl lapolis ayiti fèk fè yon deklarasyon ki plis sanble l’ap ede kadejakè ke l’ap ede viktim kadejakè yo: Li di ke li ta konseye jèn fanm evite al nan chanm gason. Deklarasyon konsa fè travay pou dwa fanm pi difisil paske li pa montre kadejakè yo ke fanm yo gen sipò. Aktyèlman, kèk ane de sa, leta ayisyen te lage yon bann kadejakè KOFAVIV te ede yo met nan prizon. Kadejakè yo voye bandi ki telman menase leader KOFAVIV yo, Malya Villard ak Eramithe Delva, Malya ak Eramithe te oblije kite Ayiti vin viv Etazini. Li lè pou lapolis ak leta fin fè eksiz pou kadejakè, pou viktim yo manyen jwenn jistis ak respè.

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Kondane Viktim Kadejak se yon Pratik ki Dwe Fini

Etant Dupain, Woy Magazine

2 fevriye 2017

Deklarasyon Pòt pawòl lapolis la pou konseye jèn fanm “evite ale nan chanm gason” olye kondane e montre lapolis detèmine pou arete kadejakè yo e pini yo. Se yon deklarasyon ki ankouraje plis vyòl. Kondane viktim yo nan plas malfektè san fwa ni lwa, se yon pratik ki dwe fini.

Kadejakè yo pa sèlman vyole yon adolesan men yo filme li e distribiye li. Yo konn sa yo fè a, e yo bezwen yon repons pwopòsyonèl. Jan enspektè lapolis ap pale a se plis tankou yon moun k ap plenyen, sa pa mesaj sosyete a dwe voye bay apranti kadejakè ki gen ide fè menm bagay lan. Lapolis dwe kanpe fèm e mete tout resous deyò pou jwenn kadejakè yo e trase yon egzanp.

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Brazil, Largest Contributor to MINUSTAH, Plans Withdrawal

February 1, 2017 - 16:38

Brazil has started to withdraw its military contingent from MINUSTAH, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti. It plans to complete the withdrawal by April 15, 2017. Brazil is the largest contributor to MINUSTAH and had actually extended its participation last year. MINUSTAH emphasizes that this decision was up to Brazil to make.

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Haiti – Security : Brazil withdraws from Minustah

HaitiLibre

February 1, 2017

Brazil has begun withdrawing its military contingent from the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and is considering completing its withdrawal before 15 April. Note that Brazil in Haiti with its 979 peacekeepers is the largest contributor with 40% of the UN Mission. In addition, it is the Lieutenant-General of the Brazilian Army Ajax Porto Pinheiro who commands the military component of the Minustah.

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Inflation rises from November to December 2016

February 1, 2017 - 09:56

Inflation in Haiti has been on the rise, indicating a 1.2% increase from November to December 2016. The increases are evident across various indices, including “Food, Beverages and Tobacco” and “Health.” The inflation results in Haitians continuing to pay higher prices for major food items and medicines, among other necessities.

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Haiti – Economy : Inflation to 14.3% (December 2016)

HaitiLibre

February 1, 2017

For the month of December 2016, the General Index of Consumer Prices (base 100 in August 2004) amounted to 288.9 against 285.5 in November 2016 and recorded a monthly change in monthly inflation of + 1.2 % And 14.3% year-on-year.

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Citizenship & ESOL Classes at Irish International Immigrant Center

January 30, 2017 - 12:28

The 10 week course is designed for immigrants who wish to become US Citizens, and who need assistance in meeting the required level of English.  The course will help students improve their English, and confidence while preparing for the naturalization exam and interview. The course includes preparing for the questions that will be asked at the interview, and 1×1 tutoring services are also available.

Please pass the flyer on to any person or organization that might be interested. The IIIC is also happy to print and hand-deliver any amount of flyers. Contact Marisa Bennett at mbennett@iicenter.org or 617-542-7654 if you have any questions.

See the flyer here.

Haiti’s 2015 electoral cycle comes to an end

January 29, 2017 - 06:37

Haiti’s long and drawn-out 2015 electoral cycle ended on January 29, 2017, with municipal elections and the last round of legislative run-offs. Balloting was reported to be mostly calm across the country, and a strong police force and U.N. officers were deployed to oversee the peaceful process. However, voter turnout was especially low in parts of the country, where some urge their fellow Haitians: “We should make our voices heard.”

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Haiti Holds Final Round of Election Cycle Started in 2015

David McFadden, Associated Press

January 29, 2017

Haiti held a final round of legislative contests as well as long-overdue municipal elections on Sunday, closing a repeatedly derailed electoral cycle that started in 2015.

President-elect Jovenel Moise’s political faction and its allies are hoping to increase their majority in Parliament with eight legislative runoffs. Voters were also choosing 5,500 district authorities in local elections whose tardiness over a decade has exasperated many.

Alix Pierre, a Port-au-Prince lawyer and one of hundreds of voters gathered at a polling station in the Canape Vert section of Haiti’s capital, said he was relieved the 2015 electoral cycle was finally concluding.

“It took such a long time to get here,” he said after casting his vote.

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U.S. immigration policies lead Haitians to seek refuge in Mexico

January 29, 2017 - 06:18

Concerned about resumed deportations and uncertain immigration policies in the United States, more than 7,000 Haitians in the Mexican state of “Baja California,” and over 10,000 Haitians in the entire country, are seeking refugee status in Mexico. However, many are blocked from continuing with the administrative process because they do not have access to the office of the Mexican Commission of Assistance to Refugees, at which they must apply for the refugee status. Fearing a return to their home country, thousands of Haitians are now locked in a state of immigration limbo.

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More than 7,000 Haitians seeking refugee status in Mexico

HaitiLibre

January 29, 2017

In fear of the migratory measures that the new US President, Donald Trump, wants to apply, more than 7,000 Haitians locked in the state of “Baja California”, in Mexico, seek refugee status in Mexico, more than 10,000 in total in Mexico http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-19478-haiti-flash-thousands-of-haitians-seek-refuge-in-mexico.html

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Overwhelmed shelters in Mexico house thousands of Haitian migrants

January 27, 2017 - 09:18

Mexico’s border towns are struggling under an influx of immigrants, who no longer view the United States as an option to seek refugee status. Most Haitians have had to find shelter and food in the unknown territory, relying on more than 30 shelters providing for Haitians in Mexico. However, none of these shelters are government-run, and civil society groups and individuals face significant obstacles in meeting the refugees’ basic needs.

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As Migrants Strain Border Towns, Pressure Builds on Mexico to Act

Kerk Semple, New York Times

January 27, 2017

Haitian migrants during an evening prayer at Iglesia Central del Nazareno, a church sheltering Haitian women and children in Tijuana, Mexico.

 

Even before President Trump decided to build the wall, this Mexican border city was already overwhelmed.

So many Haitian migrants, traveling across the Americas, began arriving here last year with hopes of crossing into the United States that churches, community halls, after-school programs, rehabilitation centers and private citizens have opened their doors to house, feed and clothe them.

In one shelter, about 250 migrants — men, women and children — share two toilets and one shower. Four hundred are crammed into a church. A soup kitchen sleeps hundreds in hallways, a pantry and a lot out back.

Now, some officials and advocates worry that Mr. Trump’s plan could spur immigration crises in towns and cities all along the border and, indeed, throughout Mexico.

The Mexican government, they say, may not be able to handle it.

Mr. Trump is seeking to tighten the border, restrict immigration and increase deportations from the United States. In announcing his actions this week, the president said they would “help Mexico by deterring illegal immigration.”

“Going to be very, very good for Mexico,” he declared.

Yet some international officials and advocates envision a potential nightmare for the country.

A growing number of people have been streaming north from Central America, fleeing violence and poverty in their homelands. Nearly 409,000 were caught trying to cross the southwestern border of the United States illegally in the 2016 fiscal year, a 23 percent increase over the previous fiscal year, according to American government statistics. And the trend has continued over the past few months.

Iglesia Cristiana Embajadores de Jesus, a church on the outskirts of the city that has opened its doors to nearly 400 Haitian migrants.

 

As more migrants are blocked at the American border and more undocumented immigrants are deported from the United States, border communities in Mexico could be overwhelmed, migrant shelters could overflow, the ranks of the unemployed could swell, and Mexico will bear the strain, officials and advocates say.

“It’s worrying us,” said Christopher Gascon, chief of the Mexico office for the International Organization for Migration. “How Mexico can handle that is going to be a whole new area of concern. I don’t think the absorptive capacity is there.”

Even before this week, Mexico was facing extraordinary migration pressures. The waves of Central Americans heading north were severely testing Mexico’s border patrol in the south of the country and led to a sharp increase in the number of people applying for asylum in Mexico, with applications more than doubling from 2015 to 2016.

Mexican officials were also scrambling to develop a strategy in case Mr. Trump made good on his promises to increase deportations of undocumented immigrants, a population that includes millions of Mexicans. An intergovernmental group began on Monday to study ways to help integrate deportees into Mexican society.

Beyond that, recent changes in American policy during the Obama administration had already contributed to the surge in Haitian migrants, as well as to a separate wave of Cuban migrants. Thousands of Cubans found themselves stranded in Mexico and Central America this month after the Obama administration ended a longstanding policythat favored Cubans.

Under American pressure, President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico had been trying to stanch the flow of migrants heading through his country, starting the Southern Border Program in 2014 in an attempt to control the movement of people and goods crossing the border with Guatemala. The plan contributed to a doubling of deportations between 2013, before it was enacted, and 2016. Nearly all the deportees in recent years have been from Central America.

But the country’s borders remain highly porous. The International Organization for Migration estimates that between 400,000 and 500,000 undocumented migrants transit through the country every year, about 90 percent of them Central Americans.

Here in the state of Baja California, the migrant crisis has highlighted the Mexican government’s limited capacity to deal with the challenges.

The breakfast line on Wednesday at Desayunador Salesiano Padre Chava, a soup kitchen and shelter in downtown Tijuana. At one point it housed more than 500 people, many of them Haitian migrants.

 

Haitian migrants, traveling from Brazil, began arriving in this border city last spring. For a while, the Haitians had little trouble crossing into the United States. In recognition of the troubles in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake there, American border officials allowed undocumented Haitians to enter under a humanitarian parole provision, with permission to stay for as long as three years.

The migrants filled the handful of longstanding migrant shelters and cheap hotels in Tijuana while they waited, often for weeks, for their appointments with American border officials.

Then in late September, the Obama administration suddenly announced that it was fully resuming the deportations of Haitians, hoping the policy change would dissuade more Haitians from migrating. Still, the Haitians kept coming.

As the Haitian migrant population has ballooned — there are now about 4,500 Haitians in Tijuana and elsewhere in northern Baja California — the Mexican authorities have resisted pleas to open a government-run emergency shelter.

More than 30 shelters are providing for the Haitians, yet none are government-run. Most of the burden of sheltering, feeding, clothing and caring for the nonstop stream of Haitians has fallen to civil society groups and individuals, who have accused the government of doing too little too late.

This month, a coalition of the main shelters in Tijuana and Mexicali sent a letter to Mr. Peña Nieto demanding a more robust federal “intervention” to address the crisis. The shelters have yet to receive a reply, they said.

Advocacy and humanitarian groups in Tijuana filed a complaint this week with the National Human Rights Commission alleging that federal officials had violated the migrants’ human rights “in a widespread and repeated manner” by failing to address the crisis.

Federal officials have rejected the criticism that they have been neglectful.

“Is there room to do more? Yes,” Rodulfo Figueroa Pacheco, chief of the Baja California office of the federal migration agency, said in an interview last week, before the complaint was filed. “It’s been a struggle.”

Francine Charles and her daughter Yviana Montsinas at one of the spillover locations for people staying at the longstanding shelter Movimiento Juventud 2000. The migrant population has soared to about 250 at the shelter, which expanded its capacity from about 25.

 

“But,” he added, “it isn’t true that the governments have been unresponsive.”

The crisis, now in its ninth month, has been a crushing burden on the shelters.

The migrant population at one longstanding shelter, Movimiento Juventud 2000, with capacity for about 25 people, soared to about 250, many of them living in donated tents in an adjoining lot that becomes a swale of mud when it rains.

Iglesia Cristiana Embajadores de Jesus, a church situated in a denuded ravine on the western edge of Tijuana, was sheltering hundreds of people even though it was not connected to the municipal water supply and had to refill its tanks with a water truck.

Administrators at Desayunador Salesiano Padre Chava, which had for years served as a soup kitchen, repurposed nearly the entire building, including corridors and the pantry, into a sprawling dormitory that at one point housed more than 500 people.

Claudia Portela, coordinator of Padre Chava, which recently opened a smaller second shelter, estimates that donations have provided for 98 percent of their needs during the crisis.

Government officials, while acknowledging that the bulk of the humanitarian assistance has come from civil society, insist that they have provided crucial services but have been sorely limited by budgets that were already under strain amid Mexico’s economic malaise.

“Our deployment has been very, very small,” Mr. Figueroa said. “Institutional capacities are not as robust as we’d like.” But despite the limitations, he said, government agencies had donated more than $280,000, about 445,000 meals, thousands of blankets, hundreds of mattresses and many other goods and services since late October.

State and federal officials, he said, were still discussing the possibility of opening a shelter, but the proposal raised difficult practical and philosophical questions.

Migrants living in donated tents in an adjoining lot at Movimiento Juventud 2000.

 

“Will we be building something we can’t unbuild?” he said.

Ad hoc networks of humanitarian groups have scrambled to help.

“For me, the worst part is the omission of the federal government,” said Soraya Vazquez, one of nine women who run the Comité Estratégico de Ayuda Humanitaria Tijuana, a local group formed in September. “The government has to recognize it as a humanitarian crisis.”

On a recent morning, she and her colleague, Adriana Reyna, jumped into Ms. Reyna’s sport utility vehicle and took a tour of several shelters in Tijuana to assess their needs.

At Iglesia Cristiana Embajadores de Jesus, the church in the ravine, a 1½-year-old Haitian girl had fallen. Her parents worried she had fractured a bone. So the women drove the child and her father to a nearby clinic where they arranged for a free evaluation, then swung by a pharmacy to pick up some medicine to treat the pain and swelling.

At another shelter, the women lined up doctor’s appointments for a man with an infected leg wound and for two migrants who were experiencing complications with their pregnancies. They also strategized about setting up a piñata workshop that would give migrants employment.

A message arrived, saying that an art-house cinema had about 30 pillows to donate. With a phone call, the women found a taker: a shelter in central Tijuana.

At Iglesia Central del Nazareno, which had been converted into a shelter, the coordinator asked the women whether they had heard anything new about how Haitian migrants were being received at the United States border. Were they being deported?

It was the day after Mr. Trump’s inauguration, and rumors were flying.

“I hope they’ll all be able to cross. I hope they’ll be O.K.,” said the coordinator, Ruth Gaxiola, fighting back tears. She looked exhausted. Ms. Vazquez opened her arms, and the women embraced.

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With TPS Expiring, Haitians Fear Imminent Deportation

January 26, 2017 - 11:31

Haitians were granted Temporary Protected Status in 2010 after the earthquake but President Obama’s administration resumed deportations to Haiti before he left office. Prospects for Haitian immigrants now seem even worse, as the Trump administration has vowed to deport millions of immigrants. IJDH’s Steve Forester explains that deportations are particularly inhumane with Haiti still recovering from Hurricane Matthew and the government unable to help more people.

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Haitians in US Dreading Deportation

Caribbean360

January 26, 2017

NEW YORK, United States, Thursday January 26, 2017 –Haitian-born Bernedy Prosper and his son Harold have called the United States for more than a decade now, but deportation is now staring them in the face.

A broken Prosper, 52, laments that this is worst thing possible, even suggesting that death awaits his 23-year-old son if they are forced to return to the homeland they fled in search of a better life.

Harold is one of more than 4 000 Haitians awaiting deportation after former US President Barack Obama decided last year that Haitians no longer qualified for Temporary Protection Status (TPS) which is reserved for victims of natural disasters.

 

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02/01/17: Above the Law? Holding the UN Accountable for Cholera in Haiti [EVENT]

January 26, 2017 - 10:28

The cholera crisis and efforts to hold the UN accountable raise critical questions in emerging areas of international law, including the responsibility of international organizations, the right to an effective remedy, and whether individuals should be able to sue the UN in national courts. Join Beatrice Lindstrom, Staff Attorney at the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti and lawyer for the victims, in a discussion of how lawyers are innovating new strategies to strengthen UN accountability and secure justice for victims.

WHERE:

Classroom F

University of Chicago Law School
1111 E 60th St, Chicago, IL 60637

WHEN:

12:15-1:20pm
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Une résolution de l’affaire de blanchiment avant l’inauguration de Jovenel Moïse?

January 25, 2017 - 07:30

Le président élu d’Haïti, Jovenel Moïse, est sous enquête pour le blanchiment d’argent. Mercredi, il a répondu aux questions du juge d’instruction Breddy Fabien mais il n’est pas encore clair dans quel délai l’affaire peut être résolue. La cérémonie d’investiture du président élu est le 7 février prochain. Selon l’auteur de cet éditorial, “il est dans l’intérêt du président élu que le juge Breddy Fabien rende cette ordonnance avant la cérémonie d’investiture pour mettre un terme à ce dossier.”

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L’ordonnance du juge Breddy Fabien sera-t-elle rendue avant le 7 février ?

Lemoine Bonneau, Le Nouvelliste

25 janvier 2017

Editorial –

Le président élu Jovenel Moïse a répondu, mercredi, aux questions du juge d’instruction Breddy Fabien, dans le cadre de l’enquête ouverte par le magistrat sur les accusations de blanchiment portées contre lui dans le rapport transmis au parquet par l’Unité centrale de renseignements financiers (UCREF). Après avoir interrogé des personnes jugées nécessaires dans le cadre de cette instruction, le juge, qui poursuit son enquête, a entendu le président élu dans ce dossier sensible, fait inédit dans l’histoire politique du pays.

En possession du dossier depuis octobre dernier, le juge a pris le temps qu’il faut pour rassembler les éléments utiles afin de rendre son ordonnance dans le délai légal. Personne ne peut déterminer quand le juge mettra fin au suspense qui entoure ce dossier. Entre-temps, les préparatifs vont bon train pour la cérémonie d’investiture le 7 février prochain du président élu. Le comité de transition met les bouchées doubles pour respecter certains délais. Les lettres d’invitation aux différents chefs d’Etat et de gouvernement des pays amis sont déjà arrivées à destination.

 

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India Contributes $100k to New UN Cholera Plan

January 24, 2017 - 12:34

India has joined three other countries – France, South Korea and Liechtenstein, in contributing to the United Nations’ new fund to eliminate cholera from Haiti. The new fund was detailed at the end of last year when Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized to the people of Haiti for the UN’s role in the cholera epidemic. The $400 million dollar fund is expected to come from donations by UN member states. India will contribute $100,000.

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India contributes USD 100,000 to UN for Haiti cholera relief

The Indian Express

January 24, 2017

India has contributed USD 100,000 to a UN trust fund designed to support Haiti in recovering from the ravages of the 2010 Cholera epidemic and building improved sanitation and health systems in the country. First Secretary in India’s Permanent Mission to the UN Ashish Sinha last week handed over USD 100,000 cheque for the UN Haiti Cholera Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund.

The fund is aimed at supporting the country in overcoming the epidemic and building sound water, sanitation and health systems. It aims “to significantly improve access to care and treatment in short term and also to address issues of water and sanitation and health systems in long term.”

India is the fourth contributor to the Fund, along with France, South Korea and Liechtenstein. Haiti has been dealing with a cholera outbreak since October 2010, blamed on peacekeepers from Nepal, some nine months after it suffered a devastating earthquake.

 

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New questions arise in response to money laundering allegations

January 24, 2017 - 06:41

Haiti’s Central Financial Intelligence Unit initiated an investigation on President-elect Jovenel Moise in 2013, but new details are coming to light in the weeks leading up to his scheduled swear-in. The investigation covers his transactions from 2007 to 2013, including the purchase of 45 vehicles and large cash deposits. Additionally, Moise faces a second allegation by the Unit for the Fight against Corruption, which highlights two delinquent loans totaling over $1 million that were approved outside of standard procedures. Many Haitians now fear that these money laundering allegations will hinder Haiti’s ability to receive foreign assistance and work with established banks outside of the country.

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Before Haiti’s president-elect even takes office, he’s battling money-laundering suspicions

Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald

January 24, 2017

A Haitian judge is investigating a report by the government’s financial crimes unit indicating that incoming President Jovenel Moïse may have laundered millions of dollars through at least one local bank, and a separate claim that he received special treatment to obtain thousands of dollars in business loans.

Just two weeks before Moïse, 48, is set to be sworn in on Feb. 7, Judge Brédy Fabien has begun hearing testimony “that it is possible Mr. Jovenel Moïse manipulated funds that have nothing to do with his businesses,” according to a 68-page report by Haiti’s Central Financial Intelligence Unit.

The investigation was initiated in 2013 after a bank contacted the financial crimes unit about suspicious transactions, said Sonel Jean-François, head of the unit that investigates money laundering. The administrative report was first leaked in the fall during Haiti’s presidential campaign.

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Assessment shows food insecurity still widespread in Haiti

January 20, 2017 - 09:11

The Haitian government and its UN partners have made significant improvements to alleviate the nation’s food insecurity, but the work is far from over. A recent assessment shows uneven progress across the country, noting that the areas least affected by Hurricane Matthew are now facing greater challenges of food insecurity.

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Three months after Hurricane Matthew, 1.5 million Haitians face hunger

Caribbean News Now!

January 20, 2017

While the number of Haitians facing hunger in areas hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew has declined steadily in the three months since the deadly storm ripped through the tiny island nation, more than 1.5 million people nevertheless remain food insecure, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

The UN World Food Programme released findings from a joint assessment conducted in December with the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and Haiti’s National Coordination for Food Security (CNSA).

“The results of the assessment show the very positive impact of our collective efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, but also the pressing need to continue and redirect assistance to new areas with higher levels of food insecurity, as well as initiate recovery interventions,” said Ronald Tran Ba Huy, WFP’s representative in Haiti.

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