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.
The situation in Haiti is becoming increasingly chaotic, with the rise of armed groups terrorising the population. Since the assassination of President Moise in 2021, these gangs have multiplied, extending their control over the capital and certain regions. Violence, murder and rape are on the increase, causing massive displacement, food insecurity and limited access to healthcare and education. Humanitarian organisations and the United Nations are alarmed by this escalation in violence. The Haitian state is in a state of collapse, incapable of protecting its population. There is an urgent need for the international community, in particular the countries and institutions that make up the Core Group, like the European Union, which are playing an important role in this crisis, to critically re-examine the current approach and finally support the Haitian civil society players in their efforts to find a lasting Haitian solution to this interminable crisis.
During the first week of June 2023, which coincided with the start of the hurricane season, two disasters once again hit Haiti: floods in at least seven (7) departments and two earthquakes in Grand-Anse. As always, human lives were lost, animals drowned and property destroyed, the environment damaged. And as always, those who have the responsibility of managing the country are absent. Which makes more than one say that without a drastic break with this way of governance, we risk losing Haiti definitively.
The Coordination Europe-Haiti (COEH) has been informed of the restrictions on freedom of movement imposed by the Dominican authorities and the infringement of the reputation of Pierre Espérance, director of the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights (RNDDH).
On April 28, 2023, the main Haitian farmers organizations published a note of solidarity with Haitian farmers. The signatory organizations denounce the acts of repression, land grabbing, arrests and unrestrained violence throughout the country. The organizations also strongly denounce the inaction of the Haitian state, which suggests that this violence against peasants serves the interests of the government and certain powerful groups.
French organizations in solidarity with Haiti call for an immediate end to “racism” in the Dominican Republic
The Collectif Haïti de France, member of the CoEH, and the French Platform for Solidarity with Haiti join forces to denounce the scandalous way in which Haitian nationals and Dominicans of Haitian origin are repeatedly treated in the Dominican Republic. They also ask the French government and the European Commission to intervene urgently in this sense with the Dominican government and to support the United Nations. As Coordination Europe-Haiti, we fully support this demand.
The recent announcement of the Haitian government to increase once again the prices of petroleum products caused people nationwide to protest against this decision. At the same time Haitians are flabbergasted by statements of high UN representatives ánd their own prime minister who are not only downplaying the seriousness of the current situation, but also comparing Haitian demonstrators with violent gang members, causing international media to pick up on fake news. Haitian NGOs and activists such as our representative in Port-au-Prince Colette Lespinasse tell the true story and explain what is really happening.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2022: The 1937 Remembrance Committee, a group of Haitians around the 1937 massacre, is concerned about what is currently happening in the Dominican Republic and has published a note of protest and condemnation of the deportations of Haitian immigrants and their descendants (in French).
Monday November 7, 2022: Virginie Pochon, co-founder of GAFE Haiti and GAFE France, has written an excellent analysis of the current situation in Haiti. Click here for the link to the analysis (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/
Monday October 31, 2022: Colette Lespinasse, CoEH representative in Haiti, has been interviewed by the German magazine Welt-sichten. Click here for the link to the article (in German).
Friday October 28, 2022: Els Hortensius, member of the CoPil, has been interviewed by Dutch national radio about the situation in Haïti. Click here for the link to the interview (in Dutch).
Thursday October 6, 2022: On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the respect for human rights in Haiti. Click here for the link to the resolution.
November 2022: The French Farmer’s Confederation (Confédération Paysanne) sent a letter to President Macron, demanding the French authorities to end all political interference with Haiti (in French).
In October 2022 CRAN released a document about the current crisis in Haiti (in Creole and in French).
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)