Celebrating 25 years of the Haiti Briefing...

Detailed, unique and incisive journalism from the Haiti Support Group

unwanted-giftsThe Haiti Briefing is twenty-five years old this year! Published quarterly, since 1992, it provides our members, Haiti watchers and decision-makers with analysis of Haiti’s development issues, reflected through the voices of popular organisations on the ground.

The Haiti Briefing is available in English, French and Spanish, is the key publication of the Haiti Support Group. The Briefing covers a broad number of themes covering contemporary issues of interest in Haiti.

Our team of Haiti watchers includes grassroots activists and campaigners, members of the Haitian and Caribbean Diaspora, legal experts, journalists, academics and development specialists. We are always looking for new writers and contributors so please click here to contact a member of our editorial team.

Crackdown on gangs brings fragile calm
Crackdown on gangs brings fragile calm
1.89MB At the beginning of the year, the Police Nationale d’Haïti (PNH) and the UN Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (Mi- nustah) made a concerted effort to break up the larger gangs based in the sprawling Cité Soleil slum to the north of the...

Insecurity’s hidden hands
Insecurity’s hidden hands
327KB The government has faced its sternest challenge since it took office in early June following a dramatic increase in violent crime and, in particular, a wave of kidnappings for ransom, many of them involving children. ...

‘Standing Up to Defend our Rights’’
‘Standing Up to Defend our Rights’’
636KB Eramithe Delva, leader and founder of KOFAVIV on why women on the protest march wore black masks over their faces: “We are veiling our faces because this is how they come to our homes to rape us, beat us, destroy our homes, burn our things....
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Can Préval’s government deliver?
Can Préval’s government deliver?
439KB Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis and President René Préval have demanded that all armed gangs surrender their weapons or risk being killed. ...

Election victory for the Haitian people
Election victory for the Haitian people
922KB Préval supporters took to the streets of Port-au-Prince to protest against alleged fraud and vote-rigging. ...

Doubts About Elections
Doubts About Elections
1.41MB Voters stand in line outside a polling station in Port-au-Prince in 1995. Size of turn-out will determine success of this year’s elections. ...

Military approach criticised
Military approach criticised
505KB In June, 800 more troops were added to UN stabilisation mission in Haiti, bringing the number of soldiers to a total of 7,500. But with the situation only deteriorating since the UN troops arrived over one year ago, are more soldiers the answer? ...

Gunning Down the Poor
Gunning Down the Poor
980KB Police or ‘police’ – Uniformed men carry out operations in Port-au-Prince and other cities, but no one can ever be quite sure who they are. When rebel gangs overran police stations at the beginning of 2004, they seized not only weapons...

Return of the Death-Squads
Return of the Death-Squads
1.53MB The news from Haiti over the last few months has been unremittingly bad. The interim government – appointed in March in place of the overthrown Fanmi Lavalas (FL) administration – has shown itself to be totally unequal to the challenge...

The End of Aristide
The End of Aristide
1.33MB The collapse of Aristide’s Lavalas Family government at the end of February can only partly be explained by the sudden appearance of former Army and FRAPH death- squad figures from the past, although they were the ones who enacted the coup. ...

Bicentennial Blues
Bicentennial Blues
1.54MB As the two-hundredth anniversary of the declaration of Haiti’s independence from France draws close, disagreements have emerged over how to celebrate the Bicentennial. ...
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Armed opposition now part of a new strategy
Armed opposition now part of a new strategy
2.08MB With apparent guidance from the US International Republican Institute (IRI), the anti-Aristide opposition is engaged in a three- pronged strategy to undermine, and it hopes, eventually topple the government. ...

Learning from the Occupation of Haiti
Learning from the Occupation of Haiti
3.84MB A coalition invading to restore democracy. A massive show of military strength. The concentration of regular soldiers in the cities, and the deployment of Special Forces to remote villages. Billions of dollars of aid promised for reconstruction....
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Reappraising Vodou
Reappraising Vodou
1.51MB Vodou, the religion of Haiti, is a major feature of Haitian history, society, culture and identity. ...
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Crack Appears in New Police Force
Crack Appears in New Police Force
2.43MB Drug alert deepens as rocks of crack cocaine are found on sale in Cité Soleil. ...

Morale-Boosting Soccer Triumph
Morale-Boosting Soccer Triumph
4.07MB While the political crisis deepened, with still no Prime Minister and half of the ministers of state also resigning, Haitians were thrilled by another sort of game. ...
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Wage Slavery
Wage Slavery
1.61MB Haitian workers in the capital’s assembly plants work in hot, airless, and dimly lit factories sewing gloves, underwear, sports clothes and other garments for the North American market. ...

Land Reform – the Number One Demand
Land Reform – the Number One Demand
963KB “Land is truly the Number One biggest demand of Haitian peasants who have fought and died for it, because only having land can assure a peasant’s survival.” ...

Piggy in the Middle
Piggy in the Middle
2.44MB “The first stage was when the police feared the people. The second stage that we are in now is the police starting to use repression against the people.” ...

Between the Peasants and the Donors
Between the Peasants and the Donors
778KB New President of Haiti, Rene Préval, unveils his strategy to try to repair Haiti’s shattered economy. ...

Les nouveaux pirates des Caraïbes
Les nouveaux pirates des Caraïbes
1.14MB Les yeux fixés sur le butin, les investisseurs étrangers en Haïti vivent des moments grisants : les affaires prospèrent et sont on ne peut plus prometteuses... ...
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Qui a besoin d
Qui a besoin d'élections?
747KB Le cinquième anniversaire du séisme dévastateur de 2010 marquera un autre moment historique : ce jour-là, Haïti deviendra officiellement une dictature, faisant ainsi, à peine quelques mois après la mort de Jean-Claude Duvalier, un gigantesque...

Les Mineurs d
Les Mineurs d'à Côté
297KB Le gouvernement haïtien mise sur les récentes découvertes d’or et d’argent de son côté de la frontière pour sortir le pays de la dévastation causée par le séisme de 2010. Pourtant, évictions provoquées par l’industrie minière,...

Apatride aux Caraïbes
Apatride aux Caraïbes
203KB « J’ai 28 ans et… je n’y suis jamais allée [en Haïti]. Je ne sais pas comment c’est…je n’y suis jamais allée parce que je suis née ici...» ...

Caracol : c’est pas vos affaires
Caracol : c’est pas vos affaires
1.75MB Le cumul des échecs : plus grand mais pas mieux ...

Immunité. Immoralité. Illégalité?
Immunité. Immoralité. Illégalité?
509KB L’envoyé Spécial de l’ONU sur la question du Choléra: « Le Silence est la Pire des Réponses » ...

Un dictateur plus classe ?
Un dictateur plus classe ?
857KB Révolte contre les mensonges et les illégalités   ...

L’Enjeu de la Faim en Haïti
L’Enjeu de la Faim en Haïti
199KB Le Désastre d’une Politique Alimentaire qui s’en prend aux Producteurs ...

Recherche agenda pour le changement
Recherche agenda pour le changement
172KB Le développement européen : trouver la bonne voie ...

Adieu Vérité, Bonjour Saison Mortelle
Adieu Vérité, Bonjour Saison Mortelle
189KB La Réponse de l’ONU au Choléra : Mépris, Mystifications et Mauvaise Volonté ...

Un incroyable fiasco
Un incroyable fiasco
159KB Déconstruction de la Reconstruction de la CIRH ...

    Apátridas en el Caribe
    Apátridas en el Caribe
    197KB “Nunca he estado en Haití. No tengo dónde ir” ...

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