Month: November 2016

Elections and Democracy

Election Observation Coalition Press Release

Preliminary Observations of the Coalition regarding the organization and the holding of the November 20, 2016 Elections:

On November 20 2016, the presidential and partial legislative elections were held in the national territory.

The Coalition of Electoral Observation composed of the following organizations observed the process leading up to the aforementioned election:

  • Solidarity of Haitian Women – SOFA
  • Council of National Electoral Observers – CNO
  • Council of Non-State Haitian Actors – CONHANE
  • National Human Rights Defense Network – RNDDH
  • Center for Research and Analysis of Human Rights – CARDH
  • Platform of Haitian Human Rights Organizations – POHDH

Before presenting its detailed report regarding the electoral process and election day, the Coalition wishes to share its first observations and impressions to all those interested in the issue. Read More

Uncategorized

Update Pt. 2: Cholera plan at the UN

“On August 19th, the Secretary-General announced a new approach to cholera in Haiti. The Secretary-General is actively working to develop a proposal on material assistance and support to those most directly affected by the cholera epidemic. At the same time, the UN, in partnership with the Haitian Government, is intensifying its support to treating and reducing cholera, and ultimately ending the transmission of the disease. Read More

Cholera Epidemic

Update: Cholera Advocacy

For those who have followed HAWG’s cholera advocacy and supported our campaign: your support has enabled our campaign to achieve what just six months ago seemed impossible.  Very significant steps towards cholera justice have been taken in recent weeks. We’d like you to know just what you helped make happen:

  • On September 20, 2016 at the opening of the UNGA, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed “tremendous regret and sorrow at the profound suffering of Haitians affected by cholera” and said that “time has come for a new approach to ease the plight and better their lives”
  • Earlier that month the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights criticized the UN’s approach as “morally unconscionable, legally indefensible, and politically self-defeating”

A UN issued report recommended that the UN Secretariat take four steps:

  1. Issue an apology and an acceptance of responsibility in the name of the Secretary-General;
  2. Acknowledge that the claims submitted by victims are private law claims and therefore require an appropriate remedy;
  3. Provide adequate compensation for victims
  4. Ensure consultation with stakeholders in a transparent manner

The UN later announced that it is mobilizing $400 million for the new response to be delivered via a two track system.  Read More

Elections and Democracy

Elections Part V: The International Community

From the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)

Elections and Democracy

Elections Part IV: Hurricane Matthew

From the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR):

Haiti Election Primer, Part 4: Hurricane Matthew

The devastating passage of hurricane Matthew has changed the dynamics of the upcoming election in Haiti. Following last year’s fraudulent elections, the new electoral council has been making changes in order to produce a more legitimate outcome this year, but the hurricane has raised new concerns. Read More

Aid Accountability and Transparency, Climate Change, Food Sovereignty, Housing

IASC on Humanitarian Situation 1 month later

From the IASC Emergency Directors Group Report from Mission to Haiti:

Members of the IASC Emergency Directors Group (EDG)1 travelled to Haiti from 2 to 5 November 2016 to review the humanitarian situation one month on from Hurricane Matthew, to take stock of current operational challenges and to identify additional support requirements. Read More

Elections and Democracy

Haiti Elections: The Parliament

This is Part III of an Elections series from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR).

Haiti Election Primer, Part 3: The Parliament

Read Part 1: Timeline of Key Events, here

Read Part 2: Presidential Candidates and Their Parties, here

Often lost in the discussion of Haiti’s presidential race is the fact that many legislative seats are up for grabs as well, including more than half of the Senate. Read More

Gender & Human Rights, Report

Report on prison escape, violence in Arcahaie

From the RESEAU NATIONAL DE DEFENSE DES DROITS HUMAINS (RNDDH), in English the National Human Rights Defense Network:

Full report in French available here.

Le 22 octobre 2016, une évasion s’est opérée à la Prison Civile de l’Arcahaie. Au cours de celle-ci, cent soixante quatorze (174) détenus se sont enfuis et au moins deux (2) personnes sont décédées, dont un agent de la Direction de l’Administration Pénitentiaire (DAP) et un prisonnier. Read More