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Bertha Justice Initiative Hiring London Program Officer

September 14, 2015 - 10:21

One of our partners, the Bertha Justice Initiative, is currently seeking a Program Officer to work full-time in their London office. The application deadline is October 12.

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Program OfficerBertha Justice InitiativeLondon

Bertha UK Ltd is seeking a full-time Program Officer for the Bertha Justice Initiative program. The successful
candidate will be based in the Bertha offices in London. Bertha UK Ltd advises the Bertha Foundation in Geneva.

The Bertha Foundation supports forms of activism that aim to bring about change and champions those using media,
law and enterprise as tools to achieve their vision ( We envision a society where
stories come from many different voices, where law is used as a tool for justice and where business delivers positive
social impact. The Bertha Justice Initiative seeks to support and grow the practice of movement lawyering,
recognizing that the law has long been a crucial element in the struggle for social justice and movement lawyers have
shown us how the law can be used as a tool for change. The program supports organizations that practice public
interest law and promote movement lawyering around the world and two-year fellowship positions for emerging
lawyers at these organizations. By facilitating a global network of public interest lawyers and training emerging
lawyers in this field, we work to inspire the growth of social-impact law.

The Program Officer is responsible for assisting in coordination and management of the Bertha Justice Initiative. This
will include establishing effective modes and means of communication for the Bertha Fellows and partners network,
grant management and administration on Bertha Justice Initiative grants, and assisting with events and new projects
of global reach within the Be Just Program. The Program Officer and will report to and work under the supervision of
the Director of Legal Advocacy in the London office, but will also work in close collaboration with program directors in
the Bertha Foundation’s other work portfolios. This position will require some international travel that will include
some weekends. Salary is commensurate with experience.

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How UN Whistleblowers Are Forced to Keep Quiet

September 14, 2015 - 07:40

In recent months, the United Nations (UN) has come under intense scrutiny for sexual abuse by peacekeepers (especially in the Central African Republic) and the lack of an adequate response from the organization. This article delves into why there’s often a lack of response to sexual abuse and corruption: punishing whistleblowers. Often, UN whistleblowers are ostracized, fired, or otherwise sanctioned for pointing out major flaws in the UN system. This breeds a culture of impunity and complicity by those who know of peacekeeper/staff crimes but are afraid to report them.

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Ostracised, sacked … and even arrested: the fate of whistleblowers at the UNFormer employees say United Nations is failing to protect those who report corruption, malpractice or sexual abuse

Roger Hamilton-Martin, The Guardian

September 14, 2015

When a United Nations investigator reported the rape of a refugee in Sri Lanka, she did not expect the disclosure to force her into a decade-long legal battle with her employer.

Caroline Hunt-Matthes was ostracised and eventually ousted while on medical leave. She has still not secured redress after a decade fighting her case.

Her case was remarkable in duration but not in substance. Hunt-Matthes is by no means the first or only whistleblower to fall foul of the UN system. Indeed, her case highlights neatly one of the UN’s dirtiest secrets: that its staff are reluctant to report abuses or corruption within the organisation for fear of losing their jobs.

“The bottom line is the UN is not a safe working environment at the minute,” said Hunt-Matthes, who has left the UN and now works at a university in Geneva. “You can’t report misconduct and be protected. What could be more serious than that?”

Figures obtained by the Government Accountability Project (GAP), which supports whistleblowers, reveal that the UN ethics office had received 447 approaches up to July 2014 from those alleging they have faced retaliation for exposing wrongdoing.

They completed reviews into between 113 and 135 of these cases, identifying prima-facie cases of retaliation in 14, and ultimately establishing there had been retaliation in just four cases – a statistic that is hardly encouraging to those who feel bound to report corruption, malpractice or sexual abuse.

“The percentage of whistleblowers who actually receive relief through this channel remains abysmally low,” said Bea Edwards, the international director of GAP. “We’re now working with UN whistleblowers who have simply resigned rather than endure such a protracted and complex internal process.”

Two striking cases have hit the headlines in recent years. This year, a senior UN aid worker, Anders Kompass, was suspended for disclosing to prosecutors an internal report on the sexual abuse of children by French peacekeeping troops in the Central African Republic.


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Candidate Convicted for Cocaine Trafficking Advances to Next Round

September 10, 2015 - 07:28

In the lead up to Haiti’s first round of elections, there was a lot of controversy over candidates who had been convicted or suspected of crimes being allowed to run in the elections. Now, Miami Herald has learned that one of the candidates moving on to the next round was convicted of cocaine trafficking in Miami. according to Haiti’s electoral law and Constitution, political candidates should not have been convicted of a crime. The president of Haiti’s Electoral Council says that the Council is currently checking on this conviction with the US government.

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Convicted cocaine trafficker running for parliament in Haiti

Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald

September 10, 2015

A candidate headed into next month’s runoff for Haiti’s parliament was convicted of cocaine trafficking in Miami-Dade County, the Miami Herald has learned.

Ernst Jeudy, 58, who is seeking to represent one of Haiti’s most lucrative tax bases, the city of Delmas, was charged with cocaine trafficking and possession with intent to distribute after Miami-Dade police said he checked in a tote bag at Miami International Airport. The controlled substance — nearly a half-pound of cocaine — was detected by a dog.

“The above defendant was taken into custody,” said the police report obtained by the Herald. “The defendant was found guilty…sent to 3 1/2 years.”

Jeudy’s 1987 guilty plea for cocaine trafficking, escaped Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council. The council, known as the CEP, qualified Jeudy along with 1,845 other candidates to run for 139 legislative seats in last month’s violence- and fraud-marred Aug. 9 vote.


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Why August 9th is Being Called an “Electoral Coup”

September 10, 2015 - 06:08

While Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council and international observers seem largely satisfied with Haiti’s August 9th round of elections, many in Haiti are denouncing the elections and some call for a new election altogether. This article lists the many issues with Haiti’s first round of elections and why it seems like the violence and irregularities were systematically orchestrated by parties close to the government, in order to suppress voters and democracy.

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Haiti Action Committee

September 10, 2015

Marred by outright fraud, massive voter suppression in the form of intimidation, and violence, the August 9th Haitian legislative election was rejected by the people of Haiti. Yet, in a cynical re-write of history, the OAS, United States, and European Union put their stamp of approval on the election as a “step forward” for democracy.

As usual, the Haitian people resist. They insist on their right to fair elections. Angry protests across Haiti demand that the August 9th election be annulled. Haiti Action Committee fully supports this demand.

Fanmi Lavalas, the party of former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, immediately declared the sham election “an electoral coup,” calling for its annulment, and demanded that a commission be convened to investigate. Other political parties soon joined this call. Many candidates throughout the country have formed “candidates’ collectives” to defend the Haitian people’s right to free and fair elections.

Below are some examples of the nation-wide pattern of disruption, voter suppression and terror that occurred during this sham election.


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Major Political Party Drops Out of Haiti’s Elections

September 9, 2015 - 08:05

The Vérité party, closely associated with former Haitian president Préval, has just dropped out of the 2015 elections due to the irregularities that have riddled the electoral process so far. This is a very big deal not only because  Vérité was one of the parties leading in the legislative race so far, but also because the elections may not have happened in the first place without Préval’s support. Vérité was considering withdrawing for a long time and now that it has, many are wondering what will happen with the elections and the political alliances that the party was involved in.

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Political Party that Played Key Role in Bringing about Elections Drops out of Race

Haiti Relief and Reconstruction Watch

September 9, 2015

Haiti’s internationally backed electoral process was thrown further into disarray yesterday as a leading political party announced its withdrawal from the electoral process. In a press statement, the Vérité platform, closely associated with former president René Préval, said it was pulling out of the elections because it was the primary victim of the August 9 “electoral mess,” and called for a “good” electoral council in order to “run a good election.”

Haiti’s August 9 election was characterized by extremely low voter turnout, with just 18 percent of registered voters going to the polls. Additionally, nearly one-quarter of all votes were never counted due to violence on election day, problems transporting ballots and other issues. In 25 of the 119 races for deputy, elections will need to be re-run due to the scale of irregularities. Over the last month, an increasingly large cadre of candidates has taken to the streets, leading protests against the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) and a government who they claim has rigged the process.

Also yesterday, INITE, Préval’s former political movement, called on its representative, Ariel Henry to leave the “consensus” government that has run the country since the terms of parliament expired in January. To “remain part of a government that has undertaken and continues this electoral coup of August 9, would be contrary to our principles, our democratic ideals,” the party stated in its letter to President Martelly.


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Repatriés en Haïti font face à une crise humanitaire

September 9, 2015 - 06:51

Cet article decrit la situation grave a la frontière entre Haïti et la République dominicaine. Plusieurs camps ont  développé, sans aucune perspective du travaille ou d’aide du gouvernement haïtien. Tout comme l’auteur dit, “le gouvernment haïtien a fort à faire pour éviter la catastrophe humanitaire qu’il avait prédite” avant les déportations ont commencé.

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Oubliés, des rapatriés mènent une vie dure à la frontière haitiano-dominicaine

Louis-Joseph Olivier, Le Nouvelliste

9 septembre 2015

Les camps de repatriés se multiplient le long de la frontière entre Haïti et la République Dominicaine. Pas moins de quatre sites sont dénombrés dans le département du Sud-Est par les autorités locales.  Les milliers d’Haïtiens revenus volontairement ou de force de la république voisine vivent leur quotidien dans des conditions infrahumaines, incapables de satisfaire leurs besoins de base, avec la tentation de repasser de l’autre côté, a constaté une équipe du Nouvelliste à Anse à Pitre. Une situation qui fait craindre une crise humanitaire dans la zone où les ressources étaient déjà rares.

La localité de Parc Cadot, située dans la ville frontalière d’Anse­à­Pitre, accueille l’un des principaux camps de migrants. Au loin, le camp de Parc Cadeau ressemble à des tentes multicolores placées en plein désert. Vu de près, le spectacle est désolant. Une centaine de maisonnettes construites en carton, en morceaux de tissus et des morceaux de bois. Invivable sous la pluie, le jour, la chaleur et la poussière rendent contagieux ce lieu abandonné des autorités publiques.

Pierre Paul Edouane, 27 ans, quatre enfants, est le leader du campement. Une partie de l’espace occupé par les rapatriés a été généreusement offerte par son père qui habitait la zone. « Pas moins de 106 familles vivent actuellement dans ce camp. Ce sont pour la plupart des personnes qui ont fui la République dominicaine à la suite des menaces de représailles», a raconté celui qui dirige une église montée sur le camp. « Il y a quelques jours, un vieillard, n’ayant pas pu supporter la chaleur et la poussière, est mort, des enfants affamés s’évanouissent», raconte l’homme, visage fermé, assis dans sa maisonnette en paille.


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Trois groupes de la société civile demandent transparence dans le processus électoral

September 8, 2015 - 09:13

Le RNDDH, le CNO, et le CONHANE ont publié un rapport sur les élections du 9 août et la réaction du CEP après cette débâcle. Selon ces trois organisations, le  CEP n’a pas pris suffisamment de sanctions contre les responsables de la fraude et la violence pendant ce jour. Le CEP, aussi, ne donne pas aucune explication sur ces actions et semble ignorer des graves problèmes graves des élections. Ces trois organisations demandent exhortent le Conseil à travailler avec les acteurs politiques, la société civile et les electeurs pour un processus plus légitime et crédible.

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Rectifier le tir ou engager le pays dans une crise postélectorale

Roberson Alphonse, Le Nouvelliste

8 septembre 2015

Pour le RNDDH, le CNO et le CONHANE, il n’y a pas 36 solutions : « Seule une évaluation honnête et sincère du scrutin du 9 août et l’application de sanctions exemplaires à l’endroit des fautifs et des fraudeurs internes et externes peuvent rétablir la confiance dans le processus électoral ». « Aujourd’hui, une crise de confiance majeure tend à s’installer dans le processus électoral », ont indiqué ces organisations ayant observé les dernières législatives dans un communiqué rendu public le 7 septembre 2015, cinq jours après une réunion de travail avec le CEP pour rappeler les constats effectués le jour du scrutin, revenir sur les recommandations formulées dans le rapport d’évaluation rendu public il y a au moins deux semaines.

Cette évaluation tant appelée devait établir les responsabilités institutionelles du CEP, du gouvernement, de la PNH, celle des partis politiques, des candidats, des juges. En clair, tous les acteurs impliqués dans des violations du décret soit en perpétrant des fraudes, des bourrages d’urnes, des actes de violence. « En dehors de cette évaluation, toute prise de décision peut être jugée hâtive et est capable de creuser davantage la perte de confiance dans le processus en cours », ont écrit ces signataires qui affichent une grande préoccupation. « Dès lors, le CEP et le gouvernement risquent de porter la lourde responsabilité d’engager le pays dans les travers d’une crise postélectorale », ont­elles poursuivi. « Le CEP est une institution indépendante, elle doit être capable à chaque instant de le démontrer », a ajouté le communiqué dans lequel ces organisations s’interrogent sur les suites données aux nombreuses exactions commisses dans l’Artibonite, l’Ouest, la Grand’Anse, le Nord, le Plateau central.

« L’insuffisance de sanctions contre les fautifs peut être une cause majeure de la perte de confiance dans le processus électoral et, par conséquent, dans l’instance qui mène les opérations électorales », ont indiqué le RNDDH, le CNO et le CONHANE. Ces organisations ont également observé que le CEP avance en suivant le calendrier électoral sans tenir compte de la controverse suscitée par certaines décisions. « Premièrement, le fait par le CEP de considérer 70 % des procès­verbaux pour valider l’élection dans une circonscription ou un département, porte atteinte au principe du suffrage universel. De plus, aucune explication n’est donnée sur les 30 % de process­verbaux », ont­elles indiqué avant une interrogation. « S’agit­il de procès­verbaux mis en quarantaine, inexploitables, égarés ou qui ont été délibérément enlevés de manière ténébreuse dans le souci de manipuler l’issue des élections ? », se demandent ces organisations.


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Haiti’s August 9th Elections Messier Than Expected

September 6, 2015 - 07:22

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.

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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 automatic weapon casually got into a crowded SUV and left the premises one of Haiti’s largest voting centers. It wasn’t yet noon on election day. Inside the center’s gate, three Haitian National Police officers sat in the shade. All 51 voting booths had been destroyed. Thousands of ballots littered the courtyard.

All across the country, the vote was held amid a climate of chaos and tension. In Chansolme, in Haiti’s rural northwest, a polling place supervisor was forced to hide under a bed for hours after being threatened by armed bandits who needed his signature to officially endorse completed ballots that they had provided. In Nippes, another supervisor was held at gunpoint and forced to sign a document canceling the election for an entire voting center. In the commune of Desdunes in the Artibonite, all five voting centers were shut down by midday.

Nationwide, turnout was estimated at 18 percent. In Haiti’s most populous West department, where President Michel Martelly’s approval rating is the lowest, that number fell to less than 10 percent of registered voters going to the polls. The final results of the first round of legislative elections will be announced on September 8, but protests have been held across the country denouncing what was seen as an unfair process. There have been calls for changes within the electoral council, and, in some cases, the outright annulment of the election.


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Un expert indépendant de l’Onu va enquêter sur la situation des droits humains haïtiens

September 3, 2015 - 09:17

L’expert indépendant de l’organisation des Nations unies (Onu) sur la situation des droits humains, Gustavo Gallón Giraldo, se rendra à Haïti pour examiner la situation des droits humains. En particulier, il va enquêter sur les élections chaotiques du 9 août 2015. Après sa visite, il présentera un rapport au Conseil des droits humains en 2016.

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Haiti-Droits humains : L’expert indépendant Gustavo Gallón en mission d’évaluation et de suivi


3 septembre 2015

P-au-P, 03 sept. 2015 [AlterPresse] — L’expert indépendant de l’organisation des Nations unies (Onu) sur la situation des droits humains, le Colombien Gustavo Gallón Giraldo, sera en Haïti, du 6 au 15 septembre 2015 afin d’évaluer la situation des droits humains, indique un communiqué publié le 3 septembre 2015 et transmis à l’agence en ligne AlterPresse.

Lors de cette mission, il en profitera également pour examiner les progrès accomplis dans la mise en œuvre des recommandations formulées dans son rapport au Conseil des droits humains de mars 2015, précise le communiqué.

Dans ce rapport, présenté au conseil des droits humains de l’Organisation des Nations Unies (Onu), à Genève, le 24 mars 2015, sur la situation dans le pays, l’expert a invité « les autorités nationales et la coopération internationale à concentrer l’attention sur 5 situations remarquablement graves ».

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How the Post-Quake Response Could’ve Improved…But Didn’t

September 2, 2015 - 14:41

As part of the investigation and public release of Hillary Clinton’s personal emails by the State Department, a telling memo from Chelsea Clinton has also become public. The memo, inspired by a visit to Haiti soon after the 2010 earthquake, reveals the incompetence and lack of accountability of many of the organizations on the ground who were supposed to help Haiti with relief and recovery. While her mother seemed more focused on preserving the US image of “success” in Haiti, Chelsea was very frank about the need to include Haitians in the recovery effort and the unwillingness of the aid organizations to do so. Unfortunately, her recommendations showed a similar disconnect to that of her parents when she recommended increasing their power over the relief efforts in order to improve them–something which did happen later but made no improvement in the post-quake response.

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The Clintons’ Haiti Screw-Up, As Told By Hillary’s Emails

Jonathan M. Katz, Politico

September 2, 2015

Itt’s hard to find anyone these days who looks back on the U.S.-led response to the January 12, 2010, Haiti earthquake as a success, but it wasn’t always that way. Right after the disaster, even as neighborhoods lay in rubble, their people sweltering under tarps, the consensus—outside Haiti—was that America’s “compassionate invasion” (as TIME Magazine called it) had been “largely a success” (Los Angeles Times), offering further proof that “in critical moments of the history of mankind … the United States is, in fact, the indispensable nation” (Expresso, Portugal).

As the latest release of Hillary Clinton’s personal emails by the U.S. State Department Monday revealed, that perception was not an accident. “We waged a very successful campaign against the negative stories concerning our involvement in Haiti,” Judith McHale, the under-secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, wrote on February 26, 2010. A few weeks before, the public affairs chief had emailed newspaper quotations praising U.S. efforts in Haiti to Secretary Clinton with the note “Our Posts at work.” Clinton applauded. “That’s the result of your leadership and a new model of engagement w our own people,” she replied. “Onward!”

But one person even closer to the secretary of state was singing a different tune—very, very quietly. On February 22, after a four-day visit to the quake zone, Chelsea Clinton authored a seven-page memo which she addressed to “Dad, Mom,” and copied their chief aides. That informal report tells a continuing story of the unique brands of power and intelligence wielded by the Clinton family in Haiti and around the world—and of the uniquely Clinton ways they often undermine themselves.


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Des policiers sanctionnés pour passivité pendant les élections

September 1, 2015 - 10:30

Les élections du 9 août en Haïti ont été marquées par la violence. La police et l’ONU ont été signalés à être inutile. Maintenant, l’inspection générale de la police nationale d’Haïti promet de punir les officiers “dont le comportement a été jugé passif” face au la violence ou  la fraude. Trois officiers de Dame-Marie (Grand’Anse), dix du Centre et 30 du Nord ont déjà été. Selon un autre rapport, de nombreux policiers ont été vraiment la cause de certains actes de violence.

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Haïti-Elections: Les policiers passifs seront punis, selon l’IGPNH

Evens PIERRE-LOUIS, Haiti Press Network
01 septembre 2015

L’Inspection générale de la police nationale d’Haïti a rendu public, le lundi 31 Août, son constat effectué dans les différents centres de vote au cours de la journée électorale du 9 Août 2015. Les policiers dont le comportement a été jugé passif seront formellement punis, selon le porte-parole de l’IGPNH l’inspecteur, Marc Wilkens Pierre, qui a également suggéré des correctifs à apporter aux prochaines journées électorales.

Si la majorité des policiers dépêchés sur les lieux lors des scrutins ont eu un comportement exemplaire, certains d’entre eux ont cependant outrepassé la mission de la PNH dans les espaces électoraux, selon l’inspecteur Pierre, qui a certifié que ces derniers seront punis conformément à la Loi.

Pour preuve, trois policiers interpellés à Dame-Marie dans le cadre des dernières législatives ont été placés en isolement et transférés à l’IGPNH, a informé Marc Wilkens Pierre.


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Veye Yo Denounces “Electoral Coup d’état” of August 9th

September 1, 2015 - 08:05

Miami-based community organization Veye Yo has called a press conference for September 1 to denounce the “electoral coup d’état” of August 9. Below is the text.

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Press Release

A press conference will be held on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 10:30 AM the Veye Yo office located at 39 NW 54th Street, Miami Florida to denounce the electoral coup d’état of August 9, 2015 concocted by the outgoing United States Ambassador, Pamela White together with the corrupt regime of Michel Martelly. The majority of the people were prevented from voting for fear of their lives. Some people were killed, others were wounded at the hands of members of Mr. Martelly’s gangs shooting their AK-47s and other lethal weapons at the polling places. Ballot boxes were thrown out in the streets. Goons belonging to Martelly’s party were seen carrying ballot boxes inside the polling places. In fact, there were no elections on August 9, 2015. The Electoral Council selected candidates from Martelly’s party and candidates from other parties that are his close allies. Most of the opposition parties and all the human rights organizations in Haiti have called for the annulment of the so-called “elections”, but at the direction of Ambassador White, the Electoral Council have refused to do so.
Members of different community organizations will hold a press conference to denounce this electoral coup considered a blow to the democratic process in Haiti and to call for the invalidation of the August 9, 2015 selection by the Electoral Council in cooperation with Ambassador Pamela White.

For more information, please call:
Farah Juste at 305-944-4348; Roger Biamby at 305-335-0433; Jack Lieberman at 305-582-4946 or Tony Jeanthenor at 786-587-5384.


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Calendar and strategies to end the current crisis between Haiti and Dominican Republic

August 31, 2015 - 14:52

A coalition of civic leaders called CHEDEL has compiled a list of government offices, news stations and other influential people to contact about the ongoing crisis in the Dominican Republic. They’ve included days to call and sample messages for those looking for guidance.

Click HERE for the original paper. (This post is on page 6.)

Calendar and strategies to end the current crisis between Haiti and Dominican Republic

The Haitian Voice

September 2015

In October 2013, the Superior Court of the Dominican Republic voted to revoke the citizenship of Haitian descendants born after 1929. Tens of thousands Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian heritage are being deported or forced to leave the country. Many cases of lynching and robberies against Haitians have been reported since then.

Several organizations have been active in creating international awareness about these human rights violations. A coalition of civic leaders have developed a political strategy to end the actual ethnic cleansing being conducted in the Dominican Republic. The Haitian Voice is pleased to publish the version that we have received from CHEDEL).


(Please, call the following institutions and deliver the messages herein suggested to force the Dominican Republican government to rescind its racist policy towards Dominicans of Haitian ancestry and Haitian immigrants. Call on the days indicated 24/7_ morning, evening and night. Leave a message if your call is transferred to a voice mail. Your call may save many innocent lives. If you speak limited English, just call and say:“Justice for Dominican-Haitians and Haitians in the Dominican Republic”.)


1. – Dominican Republic Mission to the United Nations (NY)
144 E 44th St #402, New York, NY 10017 • TEL: (212) 867-0833
MESSAGE: Stop the ethnic cleansing of Black people. I will stop traveling to the Dominican Republic due to the savage killings that are going on there. No more tourism! I support Haiti!

2. Greater New York Chamber of Commerce
4th Floor, 20 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036 • (212) 686-7220
MESSAGE: Boycott the Dominican Republic. Do not do business with thisterrorist state. Advise Americans not to travel there due to the ethnic cleansing underway. I support Haiti!

3. Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Washington, DC
1715 22nd St NW • Washington, D.C • (202) 332-6280
Message: The OAS and the UN should list the Dominican Republic as a terrorist state. End the lynching of Black people in D.R. No more tourism! I support Haiti! People who were born in the Dominican Republic need no immigration regularization. It is a crime against humanity to be a stateless citizen.

4. National Action Network (Rev. Al Sharpton)
106 W 145th St, New York, NY 10039 • (212) 690-3070
Message: Haitian lives matter like any other Black lives. Boycott the Dominican Republic. This is a racist country. No more tourism! Support Haiti!

5. NAACP National Headquarters
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
40 Rector Street, 5th floor, New York, NY 10006 • (212) 965-2200 Washington, D.C. Office NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. 1444 I Street NW • Washington, DC 20005 • (202) 682-1300 Message: Help end state terrorism against Dominican-Haitians and Haitians living in the Dominican Republic. Boycott this racist country’s tourist business. Support Haiti!

6. Congressional Hispanic Caucus TEL: 202-434-8070
Message: The deportation and the separation of Hispanic families by the US are wrong. Likewise, the deportation and the separation of Haitian families living in the Dominican Republic are wrong. Fight discrimination against Dominican-Haitians and Haitian immigrants residing in D.R. Boycott Dominican tourism! Support Haiti!

7. Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.
1720 Massachusetts Avenue, NW • Washington, DC 20036 Phone: 202-263-2800 • Fax: 202-775-0773
Message: The Dominican Republic government is denationalizing its black citizens of Haitian origin and supports the lynching of Haitian immigrants. Use your power to stop state terrorism! Support Haiti!

8. Information Service • Parliament of Canada • Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A9
Toll-free (Canada): 1-866-599-4999 • Telephone: 1-613-992-4793
Message: The Dominican Republic issponsoring terrorism against its citizens of African ancestry and Haitian immigrants. Sanction this country! Support Haiti!
-La République Dominicaine pratique le terrorisme à l’endroit de ses citoyens d’ascendance africaine et envers les immigrants haïtiens. Sanctionnez ce pays! Supportez Haïti!

9. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce
General inquiry • (613) 238-4000 • Message: Do not patronize the Dominican Republic. Boycott its tourism. This is a rogue state which has denationalized its Black nationals and is violating Haitian immigrants’human rights.Do nottravelthere.This country is notsafe. Support Haiti.

-Ne pas commercer avec la République Dominicaine. Boycottez son tourisme. C’est un état voyou qui rend apatridesses citoyens noirs et qui viole les droits humains des immigrants haïtiens. N’y effectuez aucun voyage. Pas de sécurité là-bas. Solidarité avec Haïti.

10. Univision/ Channel 41 • Departamento de Noticias
Tel: (201) 287-8900 • Email:
MESSAGE: :The deportation and the separation ofHispanic families by theUS are wrong. Likewise, the deportation and the separation of Haitian families living in the Dominican Republic are wrong. Fight discrimination against Dominican-Haitians and Haitian immigrants residing in D.R. Boycott Dominican tourism! Support Haiti!



11. Telemundo/ Channel 47
1-877-47TELEMUNDO • 1-877-478-3536 WNJU Telemundo 47 • 2200 Fletcher Ave. • Fort Lee, NJ 07024

MESSAGE: The deportation and the separation of Hispanic families by the US are wrong. Likewise, the deportation and the separation of Haitian families living in the Dominican Republic are wrong. Fight discrimination against Dominican-Haitians and Haitian immigrants residing in D.R. Boycott Dominican tourism! Support Haiti!

12. NY1 (New York One)
CONTACT US ABOUT BREAKING NEWS To report a breaking news situation or provide information on a story that is happening right now, please call our Assignment Desk at 212-NY1-NEWS (212-691-6397).
MESSAGE: Inform viewers about the Dominican Republic government’s racist policies towards Dominicans of Haitian origin and its human rights violation of Haitian immigrants. Discourage viewers from visiting this dangerous country.

13. U.S. Customer Service: Monday – Friday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (ET) Europe Customer Service: Mon – Fri 08:00 to 17:00 United States or Canada1-800-JOURNAL(1-800-568-7625). Press 0 1-609-514-0870
Europe +44 (0) 203 426 1313 (for customers in the US and Canada) (for customers in Europe) (for customers in Asia)
Message: Advise the business world to relocate investments made in the Dominican Republic. This country is insecure and is not business friendly. Help end apartheid and racism in D.R. Support Haiti!

14. HILLARY CLINTON • CLINTON OFFICE • Chappaqua, NY • 646-854-1432

15. Bill Clinton Office • 85 Broad St, New York, NY • (855) 593-9675
Message: Mr. & Ms. Clinton should use their international influence to persuade the Dominican Republic government not to worsen Haiti’s post-earthquake situation by deporting Dominican-Haitians and Haitian immigrants.

Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations
25 East 39th Street, NYC 10016 • (212)- 370-7885. Email:
Message: Haitian immigrants’ and Dominican-Haitians’ human rights are being violated by the Dominican Republic government. Be a good Samaritan. Help fight apartheid and racism by this terrorist state. Tell the Dominican government to switch from racism to equality for all.

17. White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500 • (202) 456-1111
Message: Fight racism and apartheid by the Dominican Republic government against Dominican-Haitians and Haitian immigrants. Sanction this country. Freeze its assets. Support Haiti!

18.- Embassy of Haiti, Washington, DC (Ambassade d’Haïti , Washington, DC)
2311 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008 • (202) 332-4090
Message: English: Stop being a puppet government. Defend your nationals’ rights. Internationalize the Dominican Republic dilemma. Stop trading with this rogue state. End all contracts with Dominican firms.

Kreyòl: Sispann aji kon gouvèlman pope twèl. Defann dwa sitwayen w yo. Atake pwoblèm dominiken an nan yon nivo entènasyonal. Sispann fè komès ak leta teworis sa. Kase tout kontra ki te siyen ak biznis dominiken yo.

Français: Cessez d’être un gouvernement de doublure. Défendez les droits des nationaux. Internationalisez le conflict avec la République Dominicaine. Ne pas commercer avec cet état voyou. Cassez les contracts avec les firmes dominicaines.

1501 Broadway #410, New York, NY 10036 • (212) 768-2480, 81, 82 y 83
Message: Do not kill Dominican-Haitians and Haitian immigrants. Stop teaching dark skin Dominicans that they are “Indian” and not Black. Making someone stateless is a crime against humanity. Stop the ethnic cleaning. No more tourism to your dangerous country! I support Haiti!


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Chelsea Clinton Memo on 2010 Earthquake Response

August 31, 2015 - 07:13

Among the recently-released Hillary Clinton State Department emails is a very detailed memo from Chelsea Clinton which describes the many failures of the international response to Haiti’s 2010 earthquake. In the memo, Chelsea describes the utter incompetence of many who were supposed to be helping Haitians, a great number of which were UN agencies. Chelsea ends the memo with recommendations on how to make the post-quake response more organized and effective, including working with local partners, having more centralized oversight of the response, and working with the Haitian government rather than undermining it.

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To: Dad, Mom
Cc: Cheryl, Doug, Justin

There is a context section at the bottom, which is longer than I would like, but I think it is important to articulate what I saw and whom I spoke with (and what I didn’t see and whom I didn’t meet) so that you understand my data set and its clear limitations. To say I was profoundly disturbed by what I saw – and didn’t see – would be an understatement. The incompetence is mind numbing. Not incidentally, it rained twice while I was there. If we do not quickly change the organization, management, accountability and delivery paradigm on the ground, we could quite conceivably confront tens of thousands of children’s deaths by diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid and other water-related diseases in the near future. Below are my major takeaways and a few nascent/early thoughts on what we (however we define we) could to do drive significant and incremental improvements on the ground in the near and longer term. As is often said, if I had more time – and less emotion – I would have written a shorter letter. I hope this mini-behemoth is not rife with grammatical errors or inadvertent gaps; I am sorry if either true. Please do not forward this in whole or in part attributed to me without asking me first – happy to be an invisible soldier. Mainly hope this is even marginally helpful.



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Prayers for the Stateless in DR and Haiti

August 31, 2015 - 06:38

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is holding a week of prayers for those rendered stateless by a discriminatory Dominican Republic (DR) ruling in 2013. Thousands of migrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent have fled from DR to Haiti in fear of violence and sudden deportation. The DR government has also begun the mass deportations promised since July. This week, MCC will be posting prayers, engaging in advocacy and sharing resources to support those displaced by this human rights crisis.

Days of Prayer for the Displaced in Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Mennonite Central Committee

August 31, 2015

In the Dominican Republic, thousands of Haitian migrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent stripped of their citizenship are living in fear of deportation because of recent, harsh changes to immigration laws. An estimated 66,000 people have already fled the Dominican Republic and entered Haiti, and many are struggling to rebuild their lives in drought-stricken communities with few means to aid their reintegration.

We invite you to join us for a week of prayer and advocacy for our brothers and sisters facing an uncertain future. From August 31 to September 6, we’ll share resources to help guide you and your church as we ask the Lord to provide for the suffering, protect those living in fear, and bring about reconciliation between these two divided countries.

For background information on the crisis, click here.

Sign up to be emailed daily prayers during the campaign, August 31 through September 6.


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Beaucoup de Bureaux de Contentieux Électoraux Départementaux en retard

August 31, 2015 - 05:59

La majorité des Bureaux de Contentieux Électoraux Départementaux (BCED) n’ont toujours pas délibéré sur les 203 cas de contestation pour les élections en Haïti. Avec seulement une semaine avant la publication des résultats définitifs du premier tour, certains bureaux n’ont même pas encore tenu des audiences! Cet article decrit aussi ce que le CEP a prévu pour le scrutin du 25 octobre, y compris l’installation des caméras du surveillance dans les méga-centres de vote et la relocalisation des certains bureaux de vote vers d’autres lieux plus appropriés.

Une partie de l’article est ci-dessous. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complet.

Haïti-Elections-Contestations : le processus électoral avance sans le verdict du BCED

Haiti Press Network

31 Août 2015

Durant toute la semaine passée, les Bureaux de Contentieux Électoraux Départementaux (BCED) ont statué sur des cas de contestation, 203 au total sur l’ensemble du pays. Plus de 48 heures après les audiences, la majorité des  tribunaux électoraux n’ont toujours pas délibéré. Alors que la publication des résultats définitifs du premier tour est prévue pour le 8 septembre prochain, selon le calendrier électoral. Cependant, dans certains BED du pays les audiences n’ont pas encore débuté.
Au BED de l’Ouest 1, les juges électoraux qui tranchaient sur 34 cas sont pour l’heure en instance de délibération. D’ici cette semaine, ils devront procéder à l’affichage de leur jugement au BED avant de les acheminer également au CEP qui par la suite procédera au tirage au sort pour établir le BCEN.

Entretemps, dans la perspective du second tour des législatives, du premier tour des présidentielles et des locales, le CEP est en train d’évaluer la machine électorale.


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Observations des élections du 9 août – RNDDH, CNO, CONHANE

August 30, 2015 - 07:11

Trois grands groupes Haïtiens ont publié leurs premiers constats sur les élections du 9 août 2015. Au total, les trois organisations ont déployé 1500 obervateurs électoraux. Ces observateurs ont noté plusieurs irrégularités, y compris accréditation pour les observateurs électoraux et pour les mandataires, ouverture des centres de vote, et beaucoup de violence et de menaces.

Une partie de leur communiqué de presse est ci-dessous. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complet.

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Scrutin du 9 août 2015 : un accroc aux normes démocratiques !


Août 2015

Le Réseau National de Défense des Droits Humains (RNDDH), le Conseil National d’Observation (CNO) et le Conseil Haïtien des Acteurs Non Etatiques (CONHANE) ont observé le déroulement du scrutin du 9 août 2015. En attendant de produire un rapport circonstancié sur les différentes irrégularités, les incidents, les cas de fraudes et les nombreux cas de violence recensés, ces organisations se font le devoir de partager avec tous ceux que la question intéresse, leurs premiers constats.

Dans le cadre de ce scrutin, le RNDDH, le CNO et le CONHANE ont déployé sur le terrain un total de mille cinq cents (1.500) observateurs. Ces derniers étaient présents dans tous les départements géographiques du pays et ont observé le déroulement du vote, de l’ouverture des centres de vote jusqu’à l’affichage des résultats du dépouillement.

     A.  Irrégularités

     1. Accréditation pour les observateurs électoraux et pour les mandataires des partis politiques

Le Conseil Electoral Provisoire (CEP) a eu du mal à fournir aux différentes parties intéressées par le processus électoral, les cartes d’accréditation leur permettant d’avoir accès aux centres de vote. En effet, les observateurs électoraux ont reçu tardivement leur accréditation. Certains autres, n’ayant pas été accrédités par le CEP, se sont contentés de porter un maillot avec l’inscription “Observation Electorale”.


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Haiti’s Failed August 9th Elections Placed In Context

August 25, 2015 - 14:20

On August 9th, Haiti held its first round of legislative elections after more than three years of delays and political squabbles. Election Day was marred by violence, fraud, and other irregularities all over the country but initial accounts from the Electoral Council (CEP) and major international observers ignored those issues. The article below examines the problems with these elections in the context of dangerous precedents set by Haiti’s past elections ever since the country’s very first democratic election in 1990.

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Electoral Carnival in Haiti

Etant Dupain, Woy Magazine

August 25, 2015

The elections of August 9th, 2015 are clear proof that Haiti has a serious disease. We waited 4 years for these long overdue elections, only to end up with a demagogic mess. These words are not simply my opinion, but also the remarks of RNDDH one of the largest human rights organizations in the country. RNDDH had more than 1500 observers throughout the country on Election Day.

Starting at 6 am, voters took to the streets in search of their local stations. The first place I visited on August 9th was the polling station in Bel Air at Ecole National Dumarsais Estimé. Workers were counting ballots by candlelight in a small dark room, while security fought with proxies sent by political parties trying to enter the office but could not. After Bel Air, I went down to the Silvio Cator stadium one of the biggest polling places in Port-au-Prince. There, I found the same problems, political party’s proxies unable to enter the office. Only political parties like Verite, PHTK and Bouclier were given access to the center. This was also the case in Bel Air.

A proxy (mandatè in Kreyòl) is a representative that every political party or candidate sends to observe at polling centers. The electoral law grants every party and candidate (even independent ones) access to all polling centers through proxies to observe the process on election day. This practice comes from the lack of trust that exists in the Haitian electoral system, the proxy is tasked with observing the process on behalf of their party to ensure nothing fraudulent is happening. However, a lot of times, it is these very representatives that cause problems on election day in Haiti; proxies tend to stuff ballots and commit fraud for their candidate.


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Haitian Election Observers Call for Independent Investigation

August 25, 2015 - 12:57

In a 57-page report, election observers in Haiti detail the many problems with Haiti’s August 9th round of elections. These issues include violence, ballot box stuffing, ineffective indelible ink, and even some murders. Though two political parties closely affiliated with President Martelly were tied to most of the violence and intimidation, the Electoral Council has only issued warnings so far. While some applaud the CEP’s initial efforts, such as re-running elections in 25 constituencies, these observers say that much more needs to be done to yield accurate election results and to prevent this from happening again.

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

Click HERE for the report.

Haitian electoral observers demand investigation into election day chaos

Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald

August 25, 2015

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Local observer groups are calling for an independent investigation into Haiti’s violence-marred Aug. 9 legislative elections, saying that recent sanctions taken against 16 candidates by elections officials do not go far enough.

The observers, led by Haiti’s leading human rights group, said the balloting was not only marred by “grave violence” but also massive fraud with ballot stuffing and people repeatedly voting because their fingers were not properly marked with ink. The process also lacked confidentiality with voters forced to vote behind “cheap” cardboard dividers and put their ballots in see threw plastic boxes.

Observers further dismissed a communiqué by the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) calling out the political parties behind some of the candidates accused of the violence. The one-page announcement shows that two parties close to President Michel Martelly, PHTK and Réseau National Bouclier Haitien, led the pack. No sanctions, however, have been announced.


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Officiel de l’UE admet des problèmes majeurs avec les élections du 9 août

August 25, 2015 - 11:50

José Antonio De Gabriel, chef adjoint de la mission d’observation électorale de l’UE en Haïti, a été interviewé par Le Nouvelliste et essentiellement confirmé ce que nous savions déjà: Il a dénoncé (à titre personnel, il nous semble) la «violence méthodique” des candidats ciblant centres de vote dans les zones où ils ont moins de soutien, pour influencer le résultat. Il admet également, contrairement au rapport préliminaire de l’UE, que l’impact de cette violence était énorme, et que la violence a découragé la participation des électeurs.

La mission de l’UE apparemment ne sera pas publier un rapport complet sur ses observations jusqu’à la fin de tout le processus électoral.

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L’Union européenne fait des propositions pour améliorer le processus électoral

Louis-Joseph Olivier, Le Nouvelliste

25 août 2015

La Mission d’observation électorale de l’Union européenne n’a pas encore donné un rapport définitif sur le déroulement du premier tour des législatives. Ce rapport ne sera rendu public qu’à la fin de tout le processus électoral. Mais il existe des faits marquants qui retiennent l’attention des observateurs deux semaines après le premier tour des législatives. José Antonio De Gabriel est revenu pour Le Nouvelliste sur ces faits saillants du premier tour des législatives comme la violence électorale, le faible taux de participation et les problèmes logistiques.

« Le faible taux de participation est un élément à prendre en compte avant la présidentielle du 25 octobre, tant par les partis politiques que par le Conseil électoral provisoire », a fait savoir le chef adjoint de la Mission d’observation électorale de l’UE. José Antonio De Gabriel déplore que trop peu de citoyens se sont rendus aux urnes durant la journée électorale du 9 août. Mis à part le faible taux de participation, estimé à 18% par le CEP, l’atmosphère de violence qui a régné le jour du vote est pointée du doigt par l’observateur qui n’a pas mâché ses mots. « José Antonio De Gabriel dénonce l’existence d’une violence méthodique dans laquelle certains candidats attaquent certains centres de vote où ils pensent que les résultats ne leur seront pas favorables. C’est une pratique qu’il faut attaquer, c’est une pratique qu’il faut condamner », a poursuivi José Antonio De Gabriel.

En ce sens, il a salué la décision du Conseil électoral provisoire de radier les candidats responsables de ces attaques contre les centres de vote. Tout comme l’élimination et la reprise du vote dans ces endroits où le volume des attaques avait pris une ampleur justifiant la reprise du vote. La violence selon José Antonio De Gabriel vient du milieu politique. Ce sont pour la plupart des candidats qui se permettent de perturber le vote dans les endroits où ils ne sont pas populaires. Une violence dont les conséquences sont énormes pour le processus électoral.


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