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.
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.
The situation in Haiti has deteriorated rapidly over the past two weeks. While until recently protests and gang violence were mainly concentrated in the capital Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas, since early September the unrest has spread to the rest of the country. The rise in gasoline and food prices, which have reached unprecedented heights, is the basis of these mobilizations. We share information on the situation drawn from various sources, including among others the representative of the COEH in Haiti, Colette Lespinasse.
Last week marked the first anniversary of the heavy earthquake that hit the southern part of Haiti, causing lost lives and much damage. A conference was organized where local organisations and authorities shared their experiences with aid and crisis management with each other and with NGOs. Colette Lespinasse was present and reports.
“Violence in Haiti. Dozens dead fighting for control,” read the BBC News headline in mid-July. Is it still relevant news? Or take this headline, three days later: “Gang Violence in Haiti: The ‘UN prohibits the trade in small arms”. Will this decision of the Security Council contribute to curbing the influx of heavy weapons? Haitians suffer from violence, insecurity, the economic crisis, the lack of almost everything. Human rights organizations are sounding the alarm, the UN Security Council is meeting, the press is reporting, and the Haitian government is silent.
This was the theme of an online conference on June 8, 2022, organized by the Coordination Europe Haiti (COEH) and the Collectif Haiti de France (CHF), to initiate a debate on the issue of international aid to Haiti. More than a hundred people and institutions from the world of NGOs, various associations, universities, international cooperation, state institutions, etc. responded to the invitation and attended the webinar.
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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)