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.
“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.
“Despite the threat of kidnappings and killings of activists and journalists, Haitian civic and political leaders from all walks of life have come together to create the Montana Accord, a roadmap for a transitional government that would organize credible elections and restore constitutional government to Haiti. In an unprecedented show of unity, this effort has garnered the support of over 900 signatories, representing millions of Haitians, including most of the major political parties, religious and faith groups, labor unions, civil society organizations and the business community. This massive political and popular mobilization underscores the deep, overlapping crises plaguing Haiti as well as the need for an inclusive, civil society-led process to restore stability and democracy.
“Now is the time to reaffirm that all Black lives matter, including Haitian lives, and pursue policies, both foreign and domestic, that reflect that truth.”
“There is no doubt that some U.S. policy toward the Republic of Haiti has undermined the nation’s development, peace, and security. However, we have a chance to fix our past mistakes and support the Haitian people to put their country on a path toward true democracy. Now is the time.
“I hope your administration will reconsider Dr. Ariel Henry’s invitation to the Summit of the Americas to preserve democracy in the Republic of Haiti.”