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Haiti| UN: twenty organizations say "No to the renewal of BINUH!"
The Security Council must say no to continuing interference in Haiti's affairs through the United Nations Integrated office in Haiti (BINUH). BINUH is just the latest iteration of colonial control which has brought Haiti to its current state of crisis. Sovereignty for the Haitian people is essential and is antithetical to the involvement of the UN in the country.

This article originally appeared in Rezo Nodwes .

9066th Session of the Security Council on Haiti: Towards a resolution of shame?
No to the renewal of BINUH.

"The current representative of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti is the instigator of a federation of armed gangs with terrorist practices across the country where kidnapping has become a daily occurrence and reflects another sign of failure of UN missions."

The 9066th meeting of the Security Council held on June 16, 2022 on Haiti calls for various questions including the following: Will China and Russia, permanent member states of the Security Council with the right of veto, be complicit to the end?

The trend observed at the June 16, 2022 session among the representatives of the other three permanent member states of the Council (France, United States of America, United Kingdom), is the enthusiasm to renew a new illegal and unconstitutional UN mission in Haiti with the supposed aim of stabilizing the country dominated by gangs yet federated by them, in order to feed and reinforce insecurity to the point of chaos.

It is since 2004 that the Security Council has been engaged in this so-called stabilization task that has never been accomplished to date, in other words for 18 years. Indeed, through Resolution 1542, the Council decided to establish foreign troops in Haiti, grouped in a mission known as the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).

In accordance with the requirements of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (Art. 14), the presence of MINUSTAH was illegal from the outset; struck on the one hand by the vice of non-consent by the Haitian legislature (Art.98-3 and 276 Const), and on the other hand, by the non-qualification of one of the signatory parties (Art.139).

It should be noted that at various sessions preceding the renewals of the various UN missions in Haiti, Chinese and Russian representatives in the Security Council have raised many questions about the relevance of these missions. The most recent illustration refers to the session held in 2021 shortly before the adoption of Resolution 2600 extending the mandate of BINUH by nine (9) months, until 15 July 2022.

During the exchanges around this session, the Chinese Ambassador to the UN, Zhang Jung, had to declare: "Haiti cannot achieve stability without its autonomy" and again "the UN has done nothing in Haiti".

In fact, the United Nations failed in Haiti and it is indeed one of the permanent member states of the Security Council, namely the United States of America who made the observation by announcing through the declaration of the American head of state in office in 2019 that: "HAITI IS A shytHOLE". How to explain that the United Nations has been accompanying Haiti since 2004 with a view to its stabilization and that the same country that had already had fifteen years in 2019 "continuous accompaniment" of the UN, is presented, in public opinion by a member state of the Security Council participating in this accompaniment as a shytHOLE?

With this demeaning assertion, the US Executive has therefore admitted the failure of the United Nations and its own. But, despite everything, Washington has not used its veto power to block the renewal of useless UN missions to this shythole. Worse, Washington has continued the waltz of its diplomats, men and women, swayed without any form of embarrassment from 2019 to the present day in this 'shythole'.

Moreover, no official note from the United Nations to denounce this fact and defend the honor of Haiti, a founding member state of the UN for more than half a century and associated with the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948.

In a highly serious matter, the current representative of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti is the instigator of a federation of armed gangs with terrorist practices throughout the country where kidnapping has become a daily occurrence and reflects another sign of failure of UN missions. Haiti is thus considered the country with the highest index of kidnappings per capita in the world. Is it simply conceivable that the country thus indexed has been under the supervision of the United Nations Security Council for eighteen years?

However, it is without any decency that the representative of BINUH, Helen M. La Lime, assumed promoter of the federation of gangs, declares at the 9066th meeting of the Security Council: "Haiti is a country in a state of terror and in political deadlock" thus denying its own responsibility, that of the CORE GROUP and the United States in particular in this state of affairs.

In June 2022, it is significant that the France, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, with a colonial, slave and imperial past in Haiti find themselves the first at the helm to scream for the renewal of illegal, unconstitutional, destabilizing UN missions.

A brief look at these destabilizing countries of Haiti:

1-The French Republic


French ruling elites have worked hard for more than two centuries to kidnap countless children, men and women in Africa and bend them into the hell of slavery in Haiti. Rebellious slaves drove out the colonial army of Napoleon Bonaparte, the latter considered in France a national hero. A historical fact, a source of resentment never surpassed. In this same dynamic, it has always been difficult for most French leaders to associate Haiti, even in a dream, with the notion of sovereignty, which explains their constant adherence to the renewal of these useless and destabilizing UN missions.

2-The United Kingdom of Great Britain

The United Kingdom also carries a colonial past in Haiti. Thus, at the end of the eighteenth century, in September 1793, English troops landed on the territory, in the south of the country. Today, in the twenty-first century, the United Kingdom encourages its governorate of Canada, officially defined as a constitutional, parliamentary, federal monarchy, to participate in foreign interference in Haiti. In the same dynamic, in March 2016, Canada expressed its intention to send two thousand (2000) troops to Haiti with the aim of strengthening and leading MINUSTAH. It is known that tens of thousands of Haitian-Haitian women perished following the introduction of cholera by UN soldiers in 2010. Twelve years later, Haiti is still waiting for redress. Britain and Canada remain silent.

3- The U.S. government

At the beginning of the twentieth century, the government of the United States of America placed Haiti under occupation from 1915 to 1934, leaving in the Haitian collective memory painful memories of practices reminiscent of slavery. Against opponents of the occupation, U.S. Marines engaged in torture such as hanging by the genitals, forced absorption of fluid, vines, pressure on the shins with two rifles; in addition, they carried out summary executions, burned houses after locking up entire families. Thus, years before the establishment of the Nazi regime, the U.S. government had experimented and erected in the north of Haiti, a concentration camp called "Camp Chabert" where about fifteen thousand (15,000) Haitians were executed.

As mentioned earlier, these three permanent member states of the Security Council, the France, the United States and Great Britain, have each, in the distant or recent past, donned a costume of subhumanity in Haiti through their colonial, slave, imperial and criminal practices. It does not matter to them that armed gangs kill, destroy, rape, burn, loot, torture, push to the forced exodus of citizen-citizens in Haiti since this bloody costume is also their favorite outfit in the Haitian space.

Since 2004 to date, the United Nations has not been able to show once in its reports a ratification document of the Haitian Parliament, the absence of which is qualified as a defect of non-consent by the Vienna Convention. The failure of the various illegal, destabilizing missions already sent to Haiti is indisputable. Suffice it to mention MINUJUSTH, a United Nations Mission in Support of Justice. Everything has been useless and without the slightest positive impact, because currently in 2022, the hunted Haitian judicial authorities are forced to flee the Palace of Justice, vandalized and occupied until now by bandits federated by the same UN body established in Haiti.

Voting for a resolution for the renewal of BINUH or for yet another UN mission is tantamount to a new slap in the face to the country's sovereignty? It is time to stop the criminal planning of Haiti's descent into hell. The BINUH, which has helped federate the armed gangs that destabilize the country, kidnap daily, violent, kill as they see fit the sons and daughters of the people, must be the last in this series.

Who, then, of the Republic of China or the Russian Federation will refuse to be complicit, will use its right of veto and will position itself closer to the founding ideals of the United Nations and against this degradation of the right to self-determination and life? Inflexible history will judge. And the Haitian people will remember it.

Following signatures

Camille CHALMERS / PAPDA

Rudy PRUDENT / KASIL

Saico JMS TOUSSAINT / Platfom Ayiti Vet (PAV)

Peguy NOEL / UNNOH

Regent FONTAINE / Fowom Sitwayen nan Sid (FOSID)

Lainé LOUIS / Rezo Oganizasyon Peyizan Marigo

Francia Felix DESIR / FANM VANYAN

Marc ANDRE / Fos Rezistans Delma

David OXYGENE / MOLEGHAF

Fritznel CLERVEAUX / Fos Delma 32

Dominique SAINT ELOI / CNOHA

Gary Lindor/ MOSSOH

Rosnel JEAN-BAPTISTE /Tèt Kole Ti Peyizan Ayisien

Junior Venès MANNY/ UDESC-HAITI

Moses THOMAS/ACA

Reyneld SANON? KAYLA

Edmond LOMINY/ Antèn Ouvrye

Joshua MERILIAN / KONBIT

For Authentication:

Josue MERILIEN Camille CHALMERS Rudy PRUDENT
 

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State-bourgeoisie-imperialist gang leader "Ti Lapli" lies on a bed of bullets given to him to terrorize, repress and subdue the looted majority. See how relaxed and carefree he is? He's an agent of the paramilitary terror apparatus. He's protected.


 

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Christian Sanon was in the home of Samir Handal when he was arrested. A warrant is out for his arrest, even after it was revealed that he was escorted out of the country by police officers after the assassination. He reportedly had 10 passports - 7 Haitian, 3 Palestinian. #Haiti

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Video of Samir Handal, a key suspect in the killing of Jovenel Moïse, being arrested at the Istanbul, Turkey airport. He fled #Haiti for Miami after the killing and spent 4 months there, and US authorities refused to arrest him.




Turkey released Samir Handal - a key suspect in the assassination of Jovenel Moïse, because #Haiti's de facto PM Ariel Henry deliberately withheld the evidence required to extradite him. Moïse proudly served the Euro/Old Canaan neocolonial mafia and they killed him anyway.
 

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Haiti: The Ransom is Still Being Paid
Robert Roth
06 Jul 2022
Haiti: The Ransom is Still Being Paid
Garment workers protest and strike in Haiti 2022 (Photo: Odelyn Joseph, AP)
The acknowledgement that France and the U.S. robbed Haiti of billions of dollars is long overdue. Yet the discussion is useless absent monetary reparation and the end of the control both those countries still hold over Haiti.

This article was originally published in San Franciso Bay View .

On May 20th, The New York Times published a meticulously documented series entitled, “The Ransom,” detailing the devastating impact of the so-called “Independence Tax” enforced by France in 1825 on the world’s first Black republic. As The Times reported, Haiti became the only place where the descendants of enslaved people were forced to pay compensation to the descendants of slave owners. With the first payment to France, Haiti had to shut down its nascent public school system. As the billions of dollars paid to France and then to U.S banks like Citicorp multiplied, Haiti’s economy disintegrated.

The Times series comes nearly 20 years after the administration of then-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide formally demanded $21.7 billion from France as restitution for the funds extorted from Haiti . Aristide’s initiative was a key factor in France’s cooperation and support for the U.S.-orchestrated coup that overthrew his democratically elected government. Mainstream media at the time, including The New York Times and The Washington Post, treated the demand as “quixotic” and a publicity stunt, as their reporters wrote one article after another demonizing the democratically elected Aristide administration, thus helping to lay the ideological justifications for the 2004 coup d’etat.

We do not anticipate self-criticism from The Times for its past reporting. Hardly. But as Times readers study the new series, they will hopefully demand to know more about the ways in which the U.S. and France continue to exploit Haiti’s resources, dominate its political life and prop up the tiny, violent and corrupt Haitian elite that now rules the country. And they will hopefully call for an accurate accounting of the powerful Haitian grassroots movement that continues to fight for democracy and true sovereignty.

Take for example the recent uprising of Haiti’s factory workers. On Feb. 17, 2022, thousands of Haitian garment workers, their families and supporters, filled the streets of Port-au-Prince to demand an end to starvation wages and horrific working conditions. The workers demanded a wage increase from 500 gourdes per 9-hour work day (approximately $4.80) to 1,500 gourdes per day (approximately $14.40). As the demonstrations continued throughout the next week, Haitian police fired on the crowds with tear gas canisters and live ammunition, killing a journalist and wounding many other protesters.

The garment strike came in the midst of double-digit inflation in Haiti, with the prices of food, fuel and other commodities soaring. To make matters worse, the government of de facto prime minister Ariel Henry recently announced that it would end fuel subsidies, leading to even higher prices. Workers chanted, “You raised the gas but didn’t raise our salaries.”
The strategy of the Henry government was classic counterinsurgency: Denounce the militancy of the protests, unleash police repression to terrorize the demonstrators, and offer a modest wage increase (to 770 gourdes a day) to quell the uprising. In numerous interviews, workers expressed their outrage over the government response, pointing out that the cost of traveling to and from their factory jobs alone took up 40% of their daily wage. Add to that the cost of food and housing and you have a daily fight to survive.
Who benefits from this sweatshop labor? Garment factories in Haiti supply T-shirts and other apparel to corporate giants like Target, the Gap, H&H Textiles, Under Armour and Walmart. Check out the label on your T-shirt. It may very well read, “Made in Haiti.”

None of this is new. During the dictatorial reign of Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier in the 1970s and 1980s, garment factories supplying U.S. companies set up shop throughout Port-au-Prince, while the government unleashed terror campaigns against labor organizers and any grassroots opposition.

In 1991, during Aristide’s first term as president, he was set to raise the minimum wage, when a U.S.-organized coup toppled his government only seven months into his presidency. In February of 2003, during his second administration, Aristide doubled the minimum wage, impacting the more than 20,000 people who worked in the Port-au-Prince assembly sector. The Aristide government provided school buses to take these workers’ children to school as well as subsidies for their school books and uniforms. In addition, his government launched a campaign to collect unpaid taxes and utility bills from Haiti’s wealthy elite. None of this sat well with Haiti’s factory owners, who played a key role in the U.S.-orchestrated 2004 coup d’etat.
Haiti is still living with the grim effects of that coup and the subsequent foreign occupation that enforced it. The coup fast-tracked the implementation of the U.S.-imposed structural adjustment program, known in Haiti as the “Death Plan.” Nowhere was this more apparent than during the aftermath of the catastrophic 2010 earthquake, which killed over 300,000 Haitians and left millions more under tarps and tents.

Shortly after the earthquake, then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to northern Haiti, declaring that “Haiti is now open for business,” as she hailed the inauguration of the Caracol Northern Industrial Park, now a key center of the garment industry and a target of the current labor protests and strikes. State Department cables obtained by Wikileaks revealed that Clinton and the State Department, along with USAID, were pressuring Haiti’s government to block any hike in the minimum wage, arguing that this would be detrimental to the development of the export sector. A series of compliant and corrupt Haitian regimes, selected and propped up by the U.S., have facilitated this plan, taking their cut along the way.
The ongoing battle of Haiti’s garment workers for survival and dignity is part of the broader popular movement in Haiti. The workers who are in the streets of Port-au-Prince return home at night to communities like Belair, Cite Soleil and Lasalin that have been targeted by Haitian police and paramilitary death squads, who have besieged them with massacres, kidnappings and gang rapes aimed at silencing their opposition to the current government.
https://www.nlg.org/report-the-lasalin-massacre-and-the-human-rights-crisis-in-haiti/
The garment strike came just days after the term of de facto prime minister Ariel Henry officially ended on Feb. 7. Hundreds of thousands of Haitians demonstrated for months their opposition to the continuation of this regime, which they rightly classify as illegitimate, a creation of the so-called Core Group (the United States, France, Spain, Brazil, Germany, Canada, the EU, the UN and the OAS) that controls Haiti’s politics.
Numerous grassroots organizations, including Aristide’s Fanmi Lavalas Political Organization – the people’s party of Haiti – have called for a transitional government to end corruption, stop the repression, respect the rights of workers, stabilize the economy, and set the stage for free and fair elections. Yet the State Department has doubled down on its support for the Henry regime and has insisted that it supervise new elections. This would simply lead to one more stolen election designed to keep the ultra-right-wing PHTK (Skinhead) party in power.

I n the midst of the disaster that the U.S. has helped to foster in Haiti, the Biden administration continues its unconscionable mass deportation of Haitians, with the numbers now exceeding 25,000 since Biden’s inauguration. Remember those horrifying images of border patrol agents whipping Haitian migrants last September? Now comes the news that those images have been memorialized in racist “challenge coins” being passed around by border patrol agents, proudly depicting those same attacks .

In the month of May alone, the Biden administration loaded up 36 planes to deport 4,000 Haitians. They return to the worst spate of kidnappings in Haiti’s history, where paramilitary groups have targeted with impunity everyone from market vendors to medical workers and teachers.

Only a fundamental change in Haiti of the kind envisioned, articulated and fought for by Haiti’s powerful grassroots movement, can reverse any of this. And the U.S. government, as it has been so often, is the biggest obstacle that stands in the way.
The ransom is still being paid. And reparations are long overdue.
Link:Haiti: The Ransom is Still Being Paid | Black Agenda Report
 

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United Nations Creates Chaos in Haiti​


The United Nations Security Council is discussing whether to extend or to end its mandate over Haiti. The vote was delayed as requested by China, a permanent member of the Security Council. Far from being a benign peacekeeper, the U.N. only adds to Haiti's woes.

Dahoud Andre is a member of KOMOKODA, the Committee to Mobilize Against Dictatorship in Haiti. He’s also the host of Eritye Papa Desalin, a daily Haitian community radio program and the Host of Haiti: Our Revolution Continues, which can be heard on WBAI. He joins us from Brooklyn, New York to discuss the implications of the pending United Nations decision.
 
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