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Haitian Times News Roundup – June 28


United States concerned about lack of government

The U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary-General (PDAS) at the US Department of State’s Western Hemisphere Affairs Office, Julie Chung, completed a 48-hour mission Wednesday in Port-au-Prince. Chung maintained that the: “United States remained committed to democracy and reinforced that the search for solutions to the current political and socio-economic stalemate in Haiti must be a process led by Haitians.”

She met with President Jovenel Moïse, Senate Speaker Carl Murat Cantave, Speaker of the House of Deputies Gary Bodeau and representatives of Haitian political parties and civil society to understand the challenges of forming a government as well as obstacles to the advancement of the national dialogue. Continue reading

CSCCA members have reportedly left Haiti in the aftermath of petrocaribe report

Members of the Superior Court of Accounts and Administrative Disputes (CSCCA) have reportedly fled Haiti after receiving threats ranging from strangers to those in vehicles in the midst of the most recent release of the petrocaribe report. 

Armed men attempted to remove two auditors and a driver from the Superior Court of Auditors as the team was traveling on June 3rd to an audit mission to the National Airports Authority. The Haitian National Police was informed of the situation but have struggled to take any accountability for the situation. Continue reading

Government’s efforts to eliminate human trafficking is not enough 

According to a report from the U.S. Department of State, the Haitian government has failed to meet minimum standards to combat human trafficking in key areas. The government has not initiated criminal proceedings in recent cases of alleged official complicity and also has not allocated sufficient funds to its anti-trafficking or victim services efforts and has not implemented standard operating procedures for victim identification.

“The government is short of staff and resources to inspect workplaces for indicators of forced labor. The government has not provided anti-trafficking training to its diplomatic staff. The government has not made any effort to reduce the demand for sex trade or forced labor,” according to the report. Continue reading

Countries concerned with creation of BINUH

Several countries including: France, Germany, China, Peru, Russia and the Dominican Republic have expressed reservations with regard to the creation of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (Binuh). 

The representative of Peru said that the resolution did not mention neither the roles of the Peacebuilding Fund and the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti, which could contribute to the efforts of the UNHIN, nor the “high vulnerability” of Haiti facing climate change. The German representative expressed concern that this would only create new conflicts in its territory. Continue reading

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Jun. 28, 2019

3 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Haitian Times News Roundup – June 28”

  1. Jenny says:

    It ironic that the United States is “concerned” about the condition of Haiti, when they are the reason why Haiti is destabilized and in the condition it’s in. The United States, the European Union and the United Nations are all culprits in Haiti’s demise, and current economic state. The human rights violations and traficking has come as a result of other countries entering the country in the name of “help”. Continued violations, oppression, bullying, racism and unfare practices are placed on the Haitian people by global world powers. Even Haitian presidents in recent years are put in ave by the United States government (Clinton’s). The people are meant to believe that it’s a democracy but behind close doors there are evil entities and vessels that are placed to destroy, Rob, steal and destroy the nation of Haiti. Haiti does not have a poverty issue. It is one of, if not the richest island in the hemisphere. The powers that be knows this and has prostituted the land, people, and it’s resources. Haiti’s problem are these latter mentioned issues; and lastly the Haitian people are also to blame: ignorance, hatred toward self and each other. I am Haitian and love my people and country. My prayer is that The Most High will bring forth deliverance from the evil that has plaqued us. We are paying for setting ourselves free from the clutches of slavery and oppression. I pray that we may unite, be free from mental slavery, and turn our hearts to The Most High.

  2. cristina says:

    What are the riches that make Haiti “one of, if not the richest island in the hemisphere” ?

  3. Daniel Alter says:

    Jenny, Haiti most certainly has a “poverty problem”. We could argue the root cause, but lack of capital resources and misappropriation of resources is what binds Haiti in the cycle of poverty. With little and poorly deployed assets there is poor education, healthcare, security, infrastructure, energy and other things that countries with strong institutions have. Haiti may never be a center of technology or innovation, but it could be a country with a decent economy by Caribbean standards. Corruption creates a parasitic frictional drag on anything productive in Haiti. One of Haiti’s biggest problems is lack of institutional strength mostly due to lack of resources. Lack of infrastructure, security, and healthcare facilities prevents the development of tourism that is seen in places like Jamaica. Certainly, the economic blockade put on Haiti after the revolution in 1804 resulted in an economically isolated island as colonial powers feared slave revolts elsewhere and the cycle has never been broken. The 2010 earthquake not only killed and maimed a generation of Haitians, but also exerted a post-traumatic stress syndrome on an entire people which I don’t think has been recovered from. International development humanitarian aid comes to Haiti but there is no institutional strength on the Haitian side to collaborate with. Non-government organizations (NGOs) and foundations have focused on specific problems without developing Haiti’s governmental institutions partially due to fear of misappropriation of funds and corruption. Even well meaning politicians and ministers in Haiti lack the resources to tackle the problems they are tasked with. Solutions are difficult to find. The population is not educated and easily incited to protest, manifest, and strike by various political actors, some of pure and some of impure motivations. Protests scare away foreigners and thus their money which is needed to buy things which are priced in dollars or other stable currencies. Without a source of American dollars there is rampant inflation because of the competition to find a dollar to buy gas or anything else that is imported. I can’t explain the near total lack of coverage in the international media. I don’t think it’s as simple as blaming it on a corporate controlled media as there are too many other media outlets. Sadly, I think it is apathy and people are afraid of trying to tackle the worlds most difficult problems. Frankly, I’m very sick of hearing people say they will pray for Haiti. Haiti needs action, money, resources, education, healthcare, roads, energy, and so much more than prayers. Even my words fall on an empty promise, but I hope to visit Haiti again soon as I love the people, food, art, and soul of Haiti.

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