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Duvalier Departs but Martelly's Duvalierism Marches On. Who needs elections?
Monday, 08 December 2014 12:06

New Haiti Briefing out now!

We are now fast approaching the fifth anniversary of the 12 January 2010 earthquake. In many ways, it will be a historic moment for Haiti. Not only because of the devastation caused five years ago but also as it is the day on which the country will officially become a dictatorship again and as such, just months after Jean-Claude Duvalier's death, takes one more giant step back into its Duvalierist past. We provide in-depth analysis of this concerning situation in the latest edition of our Haiti Briefing entitled "Who needs elections?"

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Monday, 06 October 2014 20:17

Democracy Now: Death of U.S.-Backed Ex-Dictator "Baby Doc" Duvalier Won’t End Haitian Victims’ Quest for Justice

Democracy Now gives its commentary on the recent death of Jean-Claude Duvalier who ruled Haiti from 1971 to 1986. It reports on how Duvalier was a close ally of the United States and that he died just months after a Haitian court ruled that he could be charged with crimes against humanity under international law. The video features interviews with Haitian activist and writer Jean Saint-Vil and journalist Amy Wilentz, author of "The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier". It also states how in the hours following his death President Martelly was quick in calling Duvalier "an authentic son of Haiti".

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014 13:49

New Haiti Briefing Out Now! The Miners Next Door

The Haiti Support Group's Haiti Briefing no. 77 is out now. Entitled "The Miners Next Door", this edition examines the current state of mining in Haiti, the role of global mining corporations in taking advantage of local mining codes and the interest of foreign investors in exploiting Haiti's natural resources. We also speak to local groups who have opposed the close circles within the Haitian mining industry and who tell us of the struggles and threats they are currently facing.

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014 08:25

The Dominican Constitutional Court Bombshell: One Year On

The 23rd September 2014 marks one year to the day that the Dominican Constitutional Court ruled to retroactively strip tens of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent of their birthright Dominican nationality. This has led to a sharp rise in neo-nationalism and anti-Haitian rhetoric in the Dominican Republic and is a situation that we at the Haiti Support Group have been monitoring closely. We continue to be deeply concerned about the enormity of the ruling and its dire impact on Dominicans of Haitian descent born and raised in the Dominican Republic.

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Friday, 18 July 2014 14:21

European Council President Van Rompuy in Haiti this Week

Herman Van Rompuy, the President of the European Council, is in Haiti on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 of July. Disappointingly, the visit will not include engagement with Haitian civil society organisations as a priority.

For possible updates on the visit, please click here

You can also urge President Van Rompuy to support free and fair elections in Haiti on Twitter @EUHvR and via Van Rompuy's Facebook page

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Everyone knows that Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Few people however know that the EU is the largest single development aid donor to the country. Yet for more than 15 years, the European Commission has failed to provide the European Parliament and the European taxpayer with even the most basic national development assessment for the hundreds of millions of Euros invested in Haiti. This case study aims to underline some of the principal concerns we have regarding EU aid spending in Haiti and will also offer some practical suggestions to MEPs for action on aid accountability and policy.



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haiti 78 front page

The Haiti Briefing, available in English and French and Spanish, is the key publication of the Haiti Support Group. Published quarterly, since 1992, it provides our members, Haiti watchers and decision-makers with analysis of Haiti's development issues, reflected through the voices of popular organisations on the ground. Back issues are available in our archive. The latest issue (No. 78) examines the current political landscape in Haiti. Just months after Jean-Claude Duvalier’s death, and five years to the day that the earthquake struck, Haiti will become a dictatorship once again and as such will take one more giant step back to its Duvalierist past. Read this latest version entitled "Who needs elections?" here.

All issues of Haiti Briefing are now free for all to download! (simply register at the link first if prompted) - please click here



HSG Campaigning

Since 1992 the primary objective of the Haiti Support Group has been to amplify the voices of civil society organisations (CSOs) demonstrating an alternative vision of development in Haiti. Such CSOs are often ignored in official decision-making processes leading to policies with dire consequences for the Haitian poor.

You can reverse that history in solidarity with those working for real change, by supporting our campaigns and those of grassroots groups in Haiti: click here.

HSG Lobbying

Secondly, we carry the views of Haitian CSOs to decision-makers in local and foreign governments, NGOs, IGOs, the media and the public. We aim to ensure that the experience of Haiti's poor are heard in the corridors of power and among those who can influence them as activists, voters and reporters.

To that end the HSG has joined the Brussels-based advocacy platform Coordination Europe-Haiti as well as the Haiti Advocacy Working Group in Washington.

HSG on the ground

Thirdly, we build links between CSOs in Haiti and their equivalents in the developed world. To that end, we work with trade unions, church groups, women's organisations, and many others. In this way we help build a public lobby for a pro-poor development vision based on the experience of our Haitian CSO contacts. 

We are also linking Haitian CSOs with each other, to encourage more effective advocacy on the ground, through our Haitian correspondent.