Haiti’s Prime Minister Ariel Henry has been implicated in the assassination of de-facto president Jovenel Moïse, setting off major changes in the government and the judiciary and aggravating the political crisis
Ariel Henry, who became the interim president of Haiti after the assassination of de-facto president Jovenel Moïse, signed an agreement with 20 main political parties, platforms and organizations for “peaceful governance” until the elections next year
The healthcare system in Haiti has been underfunded and understaffed for years, and it is now facing a new set of challenges after the 14 August earthquake in the southwest of the country.
UNICEF estimated that about 540,000 children, in the earthquake-stricken departments of Haiti, are threatened with acute respiratory infections, diarrhoeal diseases, cholera and malaria due to the lack of drinking water, sanitation and hygiene facilities
At least 2,189 people have died in Haiti’s earthquake as reported by authorities late on August 18. This crisis has hit the Latin American and the Caribbean region’s poorest country in the midst of a highly complex situation.
According to a recent report by the Haitian Civil Protection Agency, at least 1,297 people died and more than 5,700 were injured due to collapse of buildings and other accidents. Additionally, according to preliminary reports on infrastructure damage the earthquake destroyed 13,694 homes and 13,785 other buildings
On July 28, 1915, a day after then president Jean Vilbrun Guillaume Sam was assassinated, the US Marines occupied Haiti and ruled until August 1, 1934. Following the recent assassination of de-facto president Jovenel Moïse, civil society organizations fear that international interference by the US and allies could increase in Haiti
While police and government authorities seem to be withholding key facts in the investigation into the assassination of de-facto President Jovenel Moïse, Haitian organizations are working to build a transition to rebuild democracy and institutions
Investigations reveal that the US and at least one of its regional allies, Colombia, are implicated in the assassination of Haiti’s de-facto president Jovenel Moïse.
Jubileo Sur / Americas, a network of social movements in Latin America and the Caribbean condemned Moïse’s assassination and pointed out that there are factors which indicate about the complicity or participation of the security forces in the assassination.
Civil society organizations and progressive sectors in Haiti and globally have warned that Jovenel Moïse’s assassination could be used as pretext to increase foreign interference and further deepen the socio-political crisis in the country
The assassination came amid a growing political and social crisis in the country due to increased in violence by illegal groups and Moïse’s attacks on state institutions