Each topic includes an overview of the situation in Haiti and the response of the European Union. In addition we present the advocacy activities of the CoEH on this subject. Also, there are documents and reports available from Haitian organizations.
Haiti/Dominican Republic: The construction of a wall at the border concerns organizations in both countries
On February 21, 2022, the Dominican authorities launched the much trumpeted construction of an electrical wall approximately 380 kilometers long on the border with Haiti. The control of migratory and commercial flows, smuggling, drug and human trafficking are the arguments put forward to justify this project. Not everyone within the ruling party or in civil society organizations in the two countries is in agreement with the decision of the Dominican government. Colette Lespinasse is informing us.
At the initiative of the Greens/EFA deputy, Ms. Caroline Roose, of the European Parliament and supported by the Belgian Tricontinental Centre (CETRI), 3 Haitian women took part, on February 8, 2022, in a webinar about the situation in Haiti. Colette Lespinasse, COEH correspondent in Haiti, attended the webinar and wrote about it.
Six years ago, Haitians were mainly concerned about the economic situation. In a survey, lack of security received less than 10 percent of the vote. But according to a recent survey, gang violence, kidnappings and murders – in short, security – now completely dominate the residents. Everything else is secondary. Meanwhile, Haitian civil society and foreign countries think differently about how to tackle the crisis.
On December 16, 2021 Haiti’s traditional soup joumou was awarded protected cultural heritage status by the UNESCO. A well-deserved award, for which we congratulate all our Haitian friends. Our representative in Haiti, Colette Lespinasse, talks about the importance of the soup and shares her recipe. Bon apeti!
A month ago, representatives of peasant organisations, labour unions and NGOs met in Port-au-Prince to discuss agroecology as a strategy to achieve food sovereignty. At the end of the three-day forum discussion, the participants adopted a declaration committing themselves to promote and defend the agroecological family-based agriculture and to fight against land grabbing. Colette Lespinasse attended the meeting and shares her impressions.
In a few days, the COP26 will take place in Glasgow. In Haiti, where social injustice and environmental destruction are extreme, the association GAFE, Groupement Francophone pour l’Environnement, has joined forces with the citizens movement Alternatiba. In a particularly difficult context, a dynamic and original movement was born, anchored in civic engagement and a territorial approach to development. The latest initiative of GAFE and the Alternatiba-Haiti Movement concerns a Pact for the Ecological and Social Transition in Haiti.
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Tuesday February 8: Webinaire – Haiti: sortir de l’impasse. La société civil face à la crise
On Tuesday 8 February at 18:30 (Brussels)/ 12:30 PM (Port-au-Prince), the Centre Tricontinental (CETRI) and Caroline Roose, MEP (Greens/EFA), invite you to an online conference on the situation in Haiti, the role of civil society in the crisis and EU policy towards Haiti. This webinar will be the opportunity to have an exchange of views between Haitian civil society organisations, representatives of the European Union and civil society in Europe. The discussion will focus on the modalities of this « breakthrough transition » but also on EU’s relations with Haiti. English translation will be provided. More information can be found here.
Interview with Barbara Albrecht, Misereor (21 October 2021)
Barbara Albrecht, working for Misereor and member of the Steering Committee of the COEH, has been interviewed by Deutsche Welle about the current crisis in Haiti. Here you will find the link to that interview, in Spanish.
Members of the European Parliament demand to go further (June 30, 2021)
Following the resolution of the European Parliament on the situation in Haiti, seven female MEPs are demanding to go further, showing their solidarity with the Haitian people, more in particular with Haitian women. “Europe has to change their politics with regard to Haiti.” Read more (in French)
Plate-forme Haiti de Suisse
This organisation has interesting information and newsletters about the latest news from haiti.
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Collectif Haïti de France
CHF is sharing interesting information (only in French) on their website, where you can also subscribe to their newsletter: https://www.collectif-haiti.fr/actualites/collectif/
CRAN et CE-JILAP sur la constitution (in French and Creole) June 2021
2020-02-10 Consultaton de la Société Civile Haïtienne_28 janvier (only in French)
Declaration for an agrarian policy in Haiti – FULL TEXT (11 October 2017)
Coordination Europe-Haiti aperçu contexte actuel en Haïti (12 December 2017)
CoEH Lettre situation droits humains en Haïti (3 July 2017)