Between February 22 and 26, 2017, four members of the Haiti Advocacy Working Group traveled to Haiti. Elaine Zuckerman of Gender Action, Joel Kupferman of the Environmental Justice Initiative, Maurice Bloem of Church World Service, and Jayce Hafner of the Episcopal Church participated in this timely trip. Tav Hafner served as the delegation’s videographer. Read More
Status of Women in Haiti Panel Invitation
International Women’s Day Celebration
Haiti Advocacy Working Group
March 7, 2017 from 9:30-11 am
You are invited to attend a Haiti Advocacy Working Group panel on the status of women in Haiti featuring Haitian feminist activists and experts on Haiti.
When: March 7 from 9:30-11 am
Where: Human Rights Watch, 1630 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC
Nadia Lafleur, Director of Fanm Deside’s battered women’s shelter who will describe gender-based violence in Haiti and the shelter’s work with female victims of violence
Sabine Lamour, Activist and Professor who will discuss women’s participation in Haitian elections, women’s political representation, and the “paradoxical status of women in Haiti’s reconstruction following the 2010 earthquake”
Amanda Klasing, Senior Researcher in the Women’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch who will summarize Haiti’s 2016 submission to the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
Amy Van Zanen of Gender Action who will summarize the gender impacts of World Bank and Inter-American Bank investments in Haiti during 2013-16
Hosts: Haiti Advocacy Working Group, Gender Action, and Human Rights Watch
We welcome your participation! Read More
The Department of Homeland Security is currently holding about 4,000 detainees in facilities throughout the US. More than 2500 Haitian detainees have already been deported, and around 270 more are being deported each week. Lawyers, community activists and detainees’ relatives have reported a range of prejudicial procedural problems in their asylum processing, including no lawyers, weak or non-existent interpretation and the use of apparently fabricated statements. Read More
“Haiti stands as a stark reminder of the fragility of electoral democracy amid rising inequality and exclusion. After the fall of the Duvalier dictatorship in 1986, Haiti’s poor majority turned out en masse for general elections, but that cycle appears to be broken. Today, Haiti ranks among the lowest worldwide in terms of voter participation”
Read the full article from CEPR’s intrepid researcher/writer, Jake Johnston, here:
Between January 9 and 13, Christin Calixte, Coordinator of the Haitian Civil Society Platform on Climate Change, came to Washington DC as part of a high level Haitian delegation which included the Minister of Environment. The delegation aimed to raise awareness of the effects of climate change, environmental degradation, the impact on food security and the urgent need for climate finance. Read More
Between January 9-13, at the invitation of the Haiti Advocacy Working Group, the Honorable Simon Desras – Minister of the Environment in Haiti – Mr. Astrel Joseph, Director of Soils and Ecosystems at the Haitian Ministry of the Environment and Christin Calixte, Coordinator of the Haitian Civil Society Platform on Climate Change, came to Washington DC for a series of meetings with representatives from the U.S. Read More
In the week of President-elect Jovenel Moïse’s recent 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. Read More
Jovenel Moïse was recently inaugurated as Haiti’s new president as the country returned to constitutional order following a one-year extra-constitutional period of interim rule due to electoral delays. Moïse had previously come in first in an October 2015 election, only to have the results thrown out due to fraud. Rerun in November 2016 under the interim government that replaced former president Michel Martelly, the elections had Moïse securing more than 50 percent of the vote, winning in the first round. Read More
HAWG Congratulates the Haitian Parliament on the Ratification of the Paris Agreement!
The Haitian Parliament, meeting in the National Assembly on Wednesday 1 February 2017, ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Following the explanatory memorandum presented by the Minister of the Environment, Mr Simon Dieuseul DESRAS and the enriching debates that followed, the National Assembly voted in favor of the report of the Parliamentary Committee to analyze the Agreement Of Paris with 90 votes in favor, 0 against and 4 abstentions. Read More
At the invitation of the Haiti Advocacy Working Group, the Minister of Environment, Simon Dieuseul Desras, along with Astrel Joseph, Soils and Ecosystems expert for the ministry, and Christin Calixte, National Coordinator of the Haitian Civil Society Platform on Climate Change came to Washington.