Parliamentary and presidential elections are scheduled in Haiti on August 9, October 25, and December 27, 2015. Haitians are scheduled to vote on virtually every public office in the country; including the President, 119 deputies, 20 senators, and over 5,000 municipal agents. The HAWG advocates for fair and timely elections free from intimidation, violence, and voter fraud.
Are We Asking the Right Questions About Haiti
Our HAWG chair, Alan Yarborough, recently published “Are We Asking the Right Questions about Haiti?” in which he reemphasizes the need for all actors that want to help ameliorate Haiti’s crisis to reframe their questions. In the midst of the release of the executive summary of the 10-year Global Fragility Act plan for Haiti, it is imperative that the international community recognize the need to rethink the questions we are asking including:
- Why are we still talking about how bad conditions are in Haiti?
HAWG Working Review of Commentary on Haiti
HAWG Working Review of Commentary on Haiti
Initiated in March 2023, this is a live document
Lead researcher, Christina Prinvil, HAWG and Haitian Women’s Collective Policy Fellow
Given the chaotic nature of voices from outside of Haiti, the Haiti Advocacy Working Group has initiated this curated list of proposals from various authors primarily from outside of Haiti on what the international community should be doing. Read More
Six Ways the US and the International Community Can Help Haiti Without Armed Intervention
As the discussion around armed intervention in Haiti continues to grow, Vélina Élysée Charlier, Alexandra Filippova, and Tom Ricker just published a piece on the Six Ways the US and the International Community Can Help Haiti Without Armed Intervention, which covers practical recommendations that Haitian civil society and U.S. based advocates have discussed and proposed multiple times over the past year or more. Read More
One Year Later: Call on U.S. to Let a Haitian Solution Emerge
Tomorrow, July 7th, marks the one year anniversary of the assassination of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse. His murder came only days after the killings of activist Netty Duclaire, journalist Diego Charles, and nineteen others in Delmas 32. No one has been held to account.
As long as the US allows Henry to veto negotiations, a Haitian solution cannot emerge.Read More
Recent Statements from Members of U.S. Congress on Haiti Governance
Members of Congress continue to speak out on matters related to the governance situation in Haiti and how it factors into the insecurity situation and international affairs.
From Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley “Haitians deserve a chance to determine their future”
“For too long, U.S. policies and relations with the Haitian people have perpetuated anti-Blackness and exacerbated injustice…
“A lasting solution will require the United States to withdraw support for de facto ruler Ariel Henry, who lacks legitimacy with the Haitian people, and instead, partner with members of Haitian civil society working to end the corruption and impunity that drives people to flee the island. Read More
Opinion: De Facto Haitian Government’s Invitation to Americas Summit Reveals US Double Standards
Jake Johnston of CEPR (a HAWG member) recently published this piece on dynamic between Haiti, the U.S., and the Summit of the Americas.
“The United States is hosting the Summit of the Americas next month in Los Angeles. The gathering of heads of state has occurred roughly every three years since its first meeting, the last to be held in the US, in 1994. Read More
IJDH Publishes Latest Report on Human Rights and Rule of Law in Haiti
HAWG member IJDH has just published its latest update on the human rights and rule of law situation in Haiti, which covers key recent developments relevant to human rights in Haiti from December 2021 through May 2022. It follows our previous biannual publications and longer analytical assessment from May 2019. Read More
With New Global Fragility Act, US Must Avoid Past Mistakes and Let Haitians Control Their Own Democracy
HAWG members have been organizing and participating in consultations with the U.S. government surrounding the implementation process for the Global Fragility Act, a framework now called “Strategy to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability” (SPCPS). This hopefully fruitful work will continue in coming months.
HAWG member IJDH staffer Sasha Filippova just published this op-ed on the hopes and cautions of this work. Read More
House Members send letter to Sec. Pompeo on Haiti
Press release from Rep. Levin’s office:
Reps. Levin and Lee Send Letter to Sec. Pompeo Expressing Concerns over Violence Against Civil Protesters in Haiti
March 27, 2019
Representatives Levin and Lee led a letter with 104 total bipartisan House members asking Secretary Pompeo to investigate corruption and human right violations by the Haitian government.
Haiti’s Eroding Democracy – read the latest article by CEPR’s Jake Johnston
“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: