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15 US lawmakers ask Haiti Senate to make way for mock elections

September 29, 2014

Open letter from the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network (HLLN) regarding the Sept. 15 U.S. Congressional letter addressed to the Haiti Senate urging it to clear the path for another round of mock elections in Haiti

Haiti is under U.S. occupation behind U.N. proxy guns and the charity industry (NGO) shadow government.

On Dec. 10, 2010, dozens of Haitians demonstrated alongside progressive allies in front of the United Nations General Headquarters in New York to demand the annulment of Haiti’s Nov. 28 sham elections, the removal of the current Provisional Electoral Council, and the immediate withdrawal of the 13,000 U.N. occupation soldiers. These troops, misnamed a “peacekeeping force,” have occupied Haiti since 2004, when a U.S.-backed coup removed Jean Bertrand-Aristide, the democratically elected president.

On Dec. 10, 2010, dozens of Haitians demonstrated alongside progressive allies in front of the United Nations General Headquarters in New York to demand the annulment of Haiti’s Nov. 28 sham elections, the removal of the current Provisional Electoral Council, and the immediate withdrawal of the 13,000 U.N. occupation soldiers. These troops, misnamed a “peacekeeping force,” have occupied Haiti since 2004, when a U.S.-backed coup removed Jean Bertrand-Aristide, the democratically elected president.

There is no democracy for the people of Haiti. Haiti has no friends in the United States Congress. If it did, these Congressional delegates would be writing to John Kerry to ask the Obama administration to support human rights for the U.N. cholera victims and to put an end to the play acting of democracy that has been going on, with fictitious elections, ever since the United States started its direct occupation of Haiti by disenfranchising 10 million Haiti voters on Feb. 29, 2004.

Where was the cry for respect for elections when the U.S. Special Forces kidnapped former President Aristide out of Haiti? Where were these “friends” when Colin Powell, Condi Rice and Kofi Annan covered up the military invasion by the U.S., France and Canada with an illegal Chapter 7 U.N. interim multinational force and then with MINUSTAH?

Elections in Haiti have been a sham since 2004, with the largest, most powerful political party in Haiti – Fanmi Lavalas – forbidden to participate. Where have the voices of these “friends” been?

Here’s what Ezili’s HLLN suggests Haiti Senators do with this Sept. 15 Congressional letter from the United States “friends of Haiti.” Have a press conference and, in plain sight of cameras, do what Desalin did to the tri-colored French flag. Tear it up.

The people of Haiti do not want sham elections that will help pave the way for the ratification of Bill Clinton’s FDR-type amendments to the Haiti Constitution to more easily allow for the plunder and privatization of Haiti ports, lands, national resources and offshore islands.

The people of Haiti are LOUDLY and most democratically asking for an END to the U.S. occupation of Haiti behind U.N. guns. An END to the puppet Martelly-Lamothe government and the NGO invasion. They demand a STOP to the plunder of Haiti offshore islands and national resources; release of the political prisoners, including Enol Florestal, Sister Dona Belizaire and Jean Lamy Maltunes; and that the Clinton-Korean sweatshop workers are duly paid all the meager wages they’ve earned, not just a third of those wages.

The people of Haiti ask for the U.N. soldiers, aid workers and missionaries to STOP raping and abusing Haiti children and women. For the U.S. government to stop trying to persecute former President Jean Bertrand Aristide. And finally, we demand, most precisely and urgently, that the NGOs and USAID go home.

The people of Haiti ask for the U.N. soldiers, aid workers and missionaries to STOP raping and abusing Haiti children and women. For the U.S. government to stop trying to persecute former President Jean Bertrand Aristide. And finally, we demand, most precisely and urgently, that the NGOs and USAID go home.

Haiti doesn’t need this U.S. play acting of liberty that’s called “elections,” which, in reality, legitimizes silencing the masses. Martelly-Lamothe represent dictatorship, not democracy. The Haitian people are fully aware of this despite the foreign propaganda.

Haiti needs human rights as defined in national and international laws. This means the right to life, to an adequate standard of living, to safe, not Monsanto or Arkansas food. To fair, not unfair trade or a plantation economy (neoliberal economics).

Free Haiti demands the right to live in Haiti without the U.N., the international institutions, the aid workers or the missionaries’ cultural, political or economic interference or their various tortures, rapes, eugenics medicines or any of their cruel, inhuman or degrading containment-in-poverty death and destruction programs.

Signed Sept. 17, 2014: Ezili Dantò, HLLN and the Free Haiti Movement

Editor’s note: A Miami Herald article, “U.S. lawmakers to Haiti Senate: Vote for election law,” has apparently been removed from the Herald website but is reposted by HaitianTruth.org.

Ezili Dantò, award winning playwright, performance poet, dancer, actor and activist attorney born in Port au Prince, Haiti, founded and chairs the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network (HLLN), supporting and working cooperatively with Haitian freedom fighters and grassroots organizations promoting the civil, human and cultural rights of Haitians at home and abroad. Visit her at www.ezilidanto.com, www.open.salon.com/blog/ezili_danto and on Facebook.

 

6 thoughts on “15 US lawmakers ask Haiti Senate to make way for mock elections

  1. rubzz

    Haiti is an oligarchy not a democracy despite three American occupations Elections
    cannot be free in an oligarchy. Haiti’s Electoral Council is an illegitimate body created by Presidential decree 99% of the time from a de-facto President (himself the by-product of fraudulent prior s-election) since about 1987. Haiti has had a Parliament virtually since January 1807 but in reality she never had an autonomous, independent, and productive Legislative Branch of Government. Haiti is an enigma of a nation that can only be remedied with a peaceful and thorough political revolution. I recommend reading the book titled “Roadmap to Haiti’s Next Revolution” for a step-by-step plan and a starting point where to begin to put an end to 207 years of regressive form of government using Haitian diaspora remittances (nearly 2 billions). Attracting serious foreign investments require long term political stability; unfortunately Haiti’s Constitution does not contain the mechanisms of political stability (Montesquieu checks and balances, efficiency, feedback). The President and Prime Minister have all the power and that is why those two run everything; the Haitian Parliament never has a say in international affairs; Haiti’s budget is prepared and run by the Prime Minister, the Finance Minister, and the President. Haitian Parliament has a marginal control over Haiti’s budgetary expenditures. So, did I say oligarchy for 2007 years? Yes. I did (The Lavalas party is also an oligarchic body)

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