Latest Haiti Democracy News

Gang Violence Blocks Seminar

Our seminar in Peguyville on early elections, scheduled for January 19, 2024, had to be canceled because of gangs taking over intersections and blocking access

Seminar To Probe Early Elections

Guichard Doré, ancien conseiller présidentiel et rédacteur du Haiti Democracy Project, présentera lors de notre séminaire le vendredi 19 janvier 2024, qui se tiendra dans les bureaux du Centre pour la Promotion de la Démocratie et de l’Education Participative à Peguyville. Il exigera des élections rapides sur la base de son message du Nouvel An , faites défiler deux entrées pour cela. Message susceptible d’être bien accueilli par les candidates qui se préparent depuis 2018 mais n’ont eu aucune chance de se présenter. Parrainé localement par notre affilié le Regroupement National des Femmes Candidates (RENAFECA).

Haiti Project’s Commentary on Guichard Doré’s Call for Elections

Our take on the challenging analysis of a Haitian actor who, perhaps because of his education in France, takes democratic principles as his sole guide. Where he probes the psychology of the political intriguers, we list one by one their various assaults on the electoral process, to put cloth on the framework that Doré presents.

May the U.N. Mission Succeed

“Haiti’s Gangs: Can a Foreign Mission Break Their Stranglehold?” By the International Crisis Group. A wise, seasoned appraisal of the U.N.’s chances against the gangs by a research group with deep experience in Haiti. Advises front-loading the mission to gain immediate ascendancy, to avoid a war of a thousand cuts. Appropriately skeptical of the Haitian political class’s capacity to cooperate in bringing the country to elections. The Crisis Group has written the definitive road map as Haiti enters its year of opportunity. If this one is missed, Eternity may not grant another

Seminar Against Violence

On December 22, 2023, the Haiti Democracy Project’s Women Candidates campaign held a seminar for thirty-five participants on the themes, “Violence Against Women Candidates” and “Techniques of Negotiation.” The seminar was held at the offices of the Centre pour la Promotion de la Démocratie et de l’Education Participative in Peguyville. Slideshow

Violence Against Women Candidates

It is the biggest reason for the paucity of women candidates in Haiti. On October 23, 2023, the Haiti Democracy Project’s women candidates held a seminar “La prévention de la violence électorale à l’égard des femmes” at the Office of Citizens’ Protection (OPC) in Port-au-Prince. Slideshow

Elegy for Police Felled in Artibonite

Reprised from January: By Dr. Frantz Large, presenter at the Haiti Democracy Project’s 2009 conference for a Strategy of National Salvation. “Ce soir notre cœur se serre pour la disparition au Champ d’honneur des agents de la PNH . . .Ce soir, des épouses se retrouvent sans mari, et leurs pauvres mains chercheront en vain sous les couvertures un corps désormais rigide et froid. Ce soir de petites mains attendent en vain un père”

Gangs Infest Lower Artibonite

Report by U.N. high commissioner for human rights. Despite valiant efforts of the Haitian National Police, as at Liancourt last year when seven policemen bravely gave their lives in the struggle, gangs have spread from the capital into the lower Artibonite. They execute members of the local population during attacks on villages. They burn abductees to force their families to pay ransoms. Haitian senators have connived with them. To support the police and courts, the high commissioner urges that the Security Council’s multinational mission be sent as quickly as possible.

O Canada, Check Your Facts!

Fact-checking. So boring and plodding. Can’t one ever give wing to one’s soul untrammeled by those stubborn things? Yes, back in graduate school one’s professors insisted on it, but that was so long ago! This explains how Justin Trudeau and the whole Canadian parliament could rise in rapturous applause of a Ukrainian Nazi mass-murderer. There was no fact-checking. There was none, either, in Canada’s recent sanctioning of two of Haiti’s most reputable businessmen.

Mobile Clinic in Carrefour-Feuilles

The Haiti Democracy Project’s women candidates send a mobile clinic of nurses and caregivers to the hard-hit neighborhood of Carrefour-Feuilles where numerous families have been driven out of their homes by the gangs. Slideshow

Return of the U.N.

Alone in decrying the departure of the U.N. in 2017, we are elated that it is back. Its mandate is narrower than the last mission’s, but well-focused on the emergency. The Security Council should consider the successes as well as the failures of the last mission and morph this coalition of the willing into a full-scale peacekeeping mission administered by the United Nations, and with a mandate broad enough to put Haiti on its upward path

Solidarity with the Police

Several women police are interested in eventually running for office, if and when elections are held. They invited us to police headquarters to brief them. The two-day meeting finished off at the Office of Citizens’ Protection. Slideshow

Hail Kenya. Where Is the U.S.?

By the Haiti Democracy Project in the Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin America Advisor. Kenya is to be widely applauded for its offer to lead an international force in support of the Haitian police. Where is the United States?

We Will Brief Police

Scheduling a separate seance of the Good Governance seminar in September for interested police. To be held at police headquarters. An earnest of the Haiti Democracy Project’s support for the Haitian police in their hour of trial