Haitian students overseas take a stand in opposition to the occupation of Haiti

Statement by around forty Haitian academics abroad

Document submitted to AlterPresse on November 20, 2022


We, Haitian scholars abroad, are shocked and outraged by the devastating situation in our country. This situation is only the result of bad political practices that have prevailed in the country for more than ten years. It should be noted that this catastrophic situation was foreseeable since the intervention of the OAS and the core group to put their government at the head of the country in 2011. Not to mention the role the MINUSTAH played in dragging the country into that abyss. Massacres, kidnappings, waste of public funds, repression and systematic violation of human rights and trivialization of life, these are the results of the decade of the PHTK regime in the country’s governance. This explains why since 2011 to date more than $10 billion in public funds have been wasted (HRIC, Petrocaribe and others), more than twenty massacres have been committed and hundred women and girls have been raped between 2018 and 2022. Class quarters, more than a hundred murders from different sectors went unpunished … All these acts are expressions of a government political strategy aimed at crushing popular struggles demanding radical social transformation, while the country suffered from the dominance of the core group the is still in solidarity with the PHTK regime. Note that the core group poses a threat to democracy in Haiti, where some embassies position themselves as the sole actor of legitimacy, giving and assuming power, in place of the sovereign people. The popular expression “chavire chodyè” clearly reflects the will of the Haitian people to drastically break with these hegemonic political practices in the country for some time.

The presence of MINUSTAH, MINUJUSTH and BINUH, whose mission was to destroy armed gangs, stabilize the country and strengthen institutions, only worsened the situation in the country, the institutions were dismantled by the PHTK regime and the country is gangsterized. In addition, the representative of BINUH in Haiti, Helen Lalime, stated that with the federation of armed gangs (G-9 in family and allies: PHTK-CORE GROUP AND ALLIES), the kidnapping rate in the country has decreased. After the assassination of Jovenel Moïse, the core group installed Ariel Henri as Prime Minister, political practices remain unchanged, if not the reinforcement of the same political practices by certain former opponents. Instead of giving the country a new direction, the situation in the country is getting worse.

In less than a year, the illegitimate government hiked the price of fuel twice. The last decision under the dictates of the IMF was the worst, because it is an increase of more than 100% in a socio-economic context in which Haitians do not know where to turn because of the staggering prices of basic necessities. This anti-grassroots decision has systematically blocked the functioning of the country: schools, hospitals, universities and other institutions are closed, gangs are gaining ground, people are in precarious situations and in appalling misery. This illegitimate and illegal government, whose people are demanding its resignation, has demonstrated its incompetence by urging the new “white settlers” to send a multinational force into the country to reinforce the colonial-imperialist rule that has been imposed on the country since 1915 was to protect his power and interests of the oligarchs. This is a betrayal of the Haitian Constitution, the Haitian people and their history. Until then, every military occupation that the country has known has only destabilized it, increasing misery by massacring the popular classes. It is therefore inconceivable and unacceptable that the instigators and producers of the country’s macabre situation should usurp the right to claim the solution, any solution that comes from them will only be cosmetic and catastrophic for the sovereign people.

Finally, we, the signers of this note, remain in solidarity with the Haitian people in their demands demanding a transition of the rupture. We condemn any idea of ​​strengthening the country’s supremacy through multinational military forces. We believe that the solution to the Haitian crisis lies in the hands of the political actors and Haitian civil society. We encourage the country’s political actors and civil society to seize the opportunity to find a solution to the crisis and to find a consensus that can enable the functioning and strengthening of institutions capable of responding to the challenges and to respond to the demands of the context. In this sense, we stand in solidarity with any free and autonomous Haitian initiative to create a disruptive transition to create the necessary conditions for the Haitian people to live in peace and dignity.

Long live the self-determination of the Haitian people!

November 20, 2022


Walner Osna University of Ottawa/ Sociology

Jean Bernard Jean Jean Louis UFC geography

Fritz-son Lalane University of Ottawa/ Sociology

Fritznel Honor Universidade Federal da Integração/Antropologia

Magalie Civil University of Ottawa/ Sociology

Pierre Ronsard Brunache University of Paris Sorbonne/Clinic and Psychopathology

Dana Richemé University of Paris Cité/ Sociology

University Guerchang Bastia Paris 8/ Urban planning and development

Johny Gene Merilus University of Light, Lyon II/ Sociology

John R. Gougueder Jean Federal University of Bahia/ Social Services

Wilsot Louis University Paris Cité/Sociology

Milcar Jeff Dorce University of Bordeaux/ International Law

Jeanne Elsa Chery University of Paris 8/ Gender Studies

Feguenson Hermogene Escuela Internationale de Cine y TV de Cuba

Mackenson Beauvais Federal University of Bahia/Historia

John Yvelet Charelus University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM)/ Sociology

Luder Providence University Bolivariana of Venezuela/ Economía Política

Riguender Util University of Ottawa/Sociology

Mackenson Jean University of Ottawa/Anthropocene Geography

Harry Moïse Practical College for Advanced Studies / Sociology

Job Paul Universidade Federal da Bahia/Relações Internacionais

Jean Nephetaly Michel University of Ottawa/ Sociology

Mayens Mesidor University of Paris 8/Geography

University Bergomy Hercules Sorbonne Paris Nord/Geography

Wislene Dumesle University of Ottawa/Sociology

Jean-Carlot Milien University of Paris 8/Geography

Jean James JJ Rolph University of Guyana/Interculturality

Moïse Eugène Lyon 2 University/Sociology

Dieulin Ostavien School of Urbanism of Paris/Urbanism

Robert Barbier University of Lille/Legal History and Institutions

Brunel Derilus John Jay College of Criminal JusticeNew York/Sociology

Handy Leroy University of Ottawa/Social Work

Dieubert Charlestin University of Ottawa/Sociology

Baudelaire Julien School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences/Sociology

Melissa. C Raymond University of Ottawa/Sociology

Wisner Baguidy School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences/Anthropology

Evenold Senate University of Ottawa/ Sociology

Wilkenson Jules University of Ottawa/Sociology

Nickson Pierre-Louis National University of Entre Rios/Agronomia

Taniola Jean Felix National University of La Plata/ Medicine

Djeansy Djarny E. Toussaint Federal University of Sao Paulo/Engenheiro Quimico

Dieumann Nicolas University of Ottawa/Sociology

Michel-Ange Pierre University of Ottawa/Social Work

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