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European Council President Van Rompuy in Haiti this Week
Friday, 18 July 2014 14:21

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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Saturday, 05 July 2014 15:40

Food and the Multinational Takeover: The Global Fight for Food Sovereignty

The World Development Movement and the Haiti Support Group will be giving a workshop entitled Food and the Multinational Takeover: The Global Fight for Food Sovereignty.

The event is to be held at the aptly named Empire Café, a space which allows visitors to explore Scotland’s relationship with the North Atlantic slave trade through coffee, sugar, tea, cotton, music, visual art, academic lectures, poetry, debate, workshops, historical walks, film and literature.

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Tuesday, 29 April 2014 16:43

New Haiti Briefing Out Now! Stateless in the Caribbean

The Haiti Support Group's latest Haiti Briefing no. 76 is now out in English, French and Spanish. Entitled "Stateless in the Caribbean", this edition examines the decision taken by the Dominican Republic Constitutional Court in September 2013 to rescind the nationality of tens of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian parentage. Significant on many levels, the ruling sent shockwaves throughout the Caribbean and wider Americas and has far-reaching consequences for the region and beyond.

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Wednesday, 02 July 2014 08:41

Invitation to the Haiti Support Group Annual General Meeting July 2014

The Haiti Support Group warmly invites HSG members, supporters and Haiti watchers to attend our Annual General Meeting which will take place on Saturday July 12 2014 in London. We would like to welcome all those interested in helping our work so that we can continue to amplify the voices of Haitian civil society and ensure that progressive, participatory groups in Haiti are included in shaping the future of their country. With the five-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake of January 12 2010 just around the corner, we believe that 2014-2015 is a pivotal moment to place Haiti back on the international agenda.

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Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:47

Urgent Action: Fear for Safety of Human Rights Defender

Urgent action from Amnesty International

On 2 April Pierre Espérance, a prominent Haitian human rights defender, received a letter containing a bullet and death threats related to his work. There are fears for his safety and that of other human rights defenders in the country. On 2 April, Pierre Espérance, executive director of the National Human Rights Defence Network (Réseau National de Défense des Droits Humains, RNDDH), one of Haiti’s leading human rights organizations, received a threatening letter at the organization’s office.

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OUR EU MANIFESTO

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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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HSG'S HAITI BRIEFING

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The Haiti Briefing, published 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. 76) examines the decision taken by the Dominican Republic Constitutional Court in September 2013 to rescind the nationality of tens of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian parentage. The ruling sent shockwaves throughout the Caribbean and wider Americas and has far-reaching consequences.

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

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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.