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 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.
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.
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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)