U.N. Exhorts Haiti

Its potent mission withdrawn since 2017, the U.N. is reduced to exhorting the Haitian authorities to greater efforts well beyond their capacity and will. The Haiti Democracy Project loudly urged the U.N. to stay in 2017, while other pundits nodded off. It should be redeployed with a longer and stronger mandate, but given U.S. quarrels with a couple of permanent members, approval may not be automatic

An Overstay Foretold?

Quietly and without fanfare, the provision in the new constitution’s first draft that has Jovenel Moïse leaving power on February 7, 2022 has been dropped in the second

Citing, Then Blighting

The historian Claude Moïse, whose book La croix et la bannière the Haiti Democracy Project translated into English in 2002, trenchantly asks how President Moïse can freely avail himself of the constitution by invoking its five-year presidential term, yet violate it by staging a strictly-forbidden referendum on a new constitution. As befits a writer of his stature, he freely acknowledges the complexities, yet in this instance, he fails to resolve them and ends by airily dismissing them in the Haitian manner

Women Propose Mediation

By Vant-Bef Info. With the men talking past each other and perpetuating the crisis, the Ligue Haïtienne des Femmes pour le Renouveau proposes a seven-person mediation drawn from the sectors to break the deadlock

Pounding on the Door

At this press conference at the Ritz-Kinam Hotel, the candidates let the world know that women will be pushing on the doors that have kept them from meaningful representation

Transition Is Unconstitutional

By Julie J. Chung, assistant secretary of state. Who would those people be? How chosen? To whom accountable? Under what law? The State Department asks the right questions. But as usual with this genre, it is long on admonitions to Haitians and short on introspection into the U.S. policy failures that brought Haiti to this pass

Referendum Is Unconstitutional

By Georges Michel. The 1987 constitution, Article 3, says, “Toute Consultation Populaire tendant à modifier la Constitution par voie de Referendum est formellement interdite.”

Woman Candidate Shot

While riding home to Croix-des-Bouquets after a women candidates’ meeting on May 6, Jerline is shot in the neck. We don’t know all the circumstances, but violence against women candidates is commonplace and the number-one impediment to their entering politics

Rounding Up the Sud-Est

Wiselaine, our women’s project director, during April 3 – May 3, 2021, set up a women-candidates recruiting structure in the Sud-Est province.

Constitutional ABCs

Article 134-2 makes the new president start immediately after a late election. It juggles the schedule to accommodate this. But in Jovenel Moïse’s case, the amendment was ignored. He wasn’t allowed to start immediately after his election. Out goes Article 134-2, both substance and scheduling