Recent Feature Articles

By Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté, Oct. 19, 2016

Two days after it said it would, the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) finally announced on Oct. 14 Haiti’s new electoral timetable. The presidential and legislative elections that had been scheduled for Oct. 9, with run-offs on Jan. 8, will now be held on Nov. 20 and Jan. 29 respectively. The final results will be announced on Feb. 20, 2017.

Haiti had been hoping to inaugurate a newly elected president on Feb. 7, 2017, a year after one should have been inaugurated constitutionally in 2016. The new 2017 inauguration date, which will be set by President Jocelerme Privert’s interim government,  has not yet been announced.

The Oct. 9 presidential election, which was to be a redo of a fraudulent polling in 2015, had to be rescheduled due to the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Matthew, which passed directly over the cities of Les Cayes and Jérémie on Haiti’s southern peninsula on Oct. 4.

According to an internal Organization of American States report dated Oct. 11, of 157 voting centers in Haiti’s southern department, 112 (71%) were damaged and 29 (18%) were inaccessible. In the Grande-Anse department, investigators were able to visit or verify only 26 of its 106 voting centers. Of those visited, 23 were damaged, and 31 of the total were inaccessible.

By Neil MacDonald, CBC News, Oct. 21, 2016

For the record, Stéphane Dion's office says he has so far been unable to find any evidence that the Saudi military is using lethal Canadian weapons platforms to slaughter civilians. Hence, billions of dollars' worth of weaponized armoured vehicles manufactured in Ontario are flowing as planned to the Saudis, despite Dion's stern warning in April that:

"Should I become aware of credible information of violations related to this equipment, I will suspend or revoke the permits" that he had just signed. "We are watching this closely," he said, "and will continue to do so."

Asked this week how Dion's monitoring has been carried out, his press secretary, Chantal Gagnon, replied: "Several ways. On the ground, you know, we have people. An embassy in Saudi Arabia."

By Jake Johnston, Center for Economic & Policy Research (CEPR), Oct. 13, 2016

Under the leadership of an interim government since February, Haiti will now wait a little longer to elect a president after Hurricane Matthew struck the island, with 130 mile-per-hour winds and up to two feet of rain last week. Elections scheduled for October 9 have been put on hold, with Haiti’s provision electoral council (CEP) expected to announce a new date on Friday. 

As the scale of the damage becomes clearer in Haiti’s rural Tiburon peninsula, where entire communities were left destroyed and under water, negotiations are ongoing in the relatively unscathed capital of Port-au-Prince, where political and economic power has long resided. Pressure is building on Haiti’s besieged interim president Jocelerme Privert to hold the elections in the coming weeks, but an internal assessment of electoral infrastructure obtained by Haiti: Relief and Reconstruction Watch reveals massive damage to voting centers throughout the hardest-hit departments.

By Elaine Reyes & Kim Ives, CCTV, Oct 11, 2016

For more on Hurricane Matthew aftermath, CCTV America’s Elaine Reyes spoke to Kim Ives, an editor at the "Haiti Liberte" which is the largest Haitian weekly newspaper, distributed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Haiti.

By Al Jazeera, Oct. 9, 2016

Al Jazeera interviews Brian Concannon from the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH). The interview is available on the Canada Haiti Action Network's Facebook page

 - CHAN Editors

Extensive news stories compiled by CHAN editors, Oct. 11, 2016

Introduction by Roger Annis

Haiti has been greatly weakened and impoverished by years and decades of big-power intervention, preventing the country from exercising its political sovereignty and implementing social justice policies to guide its human development. On October 4, 2016, the country received another devastating blow when Hurricane Matthew passed over the western end of the Caribbean island. According to the United Nations, 1.4 million people are in need of emergency aid in the affected area.

By Mike Walter & Kim Ives, CCTV America, Oct. 6, 2016

CCTV America's Mike Walter spoke with Kim Ives, editor of the newsweekly Haïti Liberté, about hurricane's Matthews effect on Haiti and the country's need for humanitarian aid. 

Watch the interview here

By Nadia Prupis, Common Dreams, Oct. 4, 2016

The Canadian government is failing to protect women against human rights abuses by supporting and financing mining companies that are involved in discrimination, rape, and violence abroad, according to a new report submitted to the United Nations on Monday.

The report (pdf), written by EarthRights International (ERI), MiningWatch Canada, and the Human Rights Research and Education Center Human Rights Clinic at the University of Ottawa, states that the Canadian government continues to support these corporations instead of holding them to account, despite its obligations to do so as a member of the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

Canada's complicity in the abuse is especially noteworthy because it is home to a majority of the world's mining company headquarters, which operate at more than 8,000 sites in over 100 countries.

By Jacqueline Charles & Michael Chang, Miami Herald, Oct. 5, 2016

Haitian elections officials postponed Sunday’s rerun presidential and legislative elections for the second time this year, saying they had yet to assess the extent of damage from Hurricane Matthew, which left at least five people dead and hundreds of thousands of people displaced from their homes.

The country’s Provisional Electoral Council did not provide a new date for elections following the announcement Wednesday, the same day that Haitian National Police and a United Nations logistics team were scheduled to begin moving ballots and other materials to voting centers.

“The passage of the hurricane has provoked a certain amount of damage,” said CEP President Leopold Berlanger. “The arrival of the hurricane has created delays ... like the deployment of materials by the Haitian National Police.”

by Yves Pierre-Louis & Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté, Sept. 28, 2016

Interim President Jocelerme Privert said this week that Haiti’s Oct. 9 elections are “irreversible,” calling on government authorities and police to refrain from interference and voters to remain non-violent. Meanwhile, Haitian and international election observation groups are preparing for the vote, running simulations and collecting candidate programs.

On Sep. 23, Privert addressed the 71st opening session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.  He told the body that Haitians would vote in two weeks, and that “without honest and credible elections, it is futile to hope for a peaceful political transition.” He is scheduled to pass power to Haiti’s next elected president on Feb. 7, 2017.

On returning to Haiti on Sep. 26, Privert held a press conference to reassure a jittery nation that the elections are on track.

"On Oct. 9, elections will be held in an irreversible way,” Privert declared. “The skeptics, who didn’t believe that the government would carry out the elections, are now facing a machine that nothing can stop. The election schedule is going forward just as planned, and there is no delay in its implementation.”