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Haiti - Security : Religious and civil society institutions extremely concerned
19/12/2016 09:52:47

Haiti - Security : Religious and civil society institutions extremely concerned
In a joint statement, religious institutions, civil society organizations and a number of personalities expressed serious concern about the climate of violence and intimidation that began to develop in the country immediately after polling day of 20 November.

"The religious institutions, civil society organizations and individuals signatory of the present Declaration, are extremely concerned about the climate of violence and intimidation that began to develop in the country immediately after the polling day of 20 November, which had been conducted in a calm and organizationally satisfactory manner for the most part and acceptable to others. They note with amazement that actors and political parties, organizing almost daily demonstrations that are often accompanied by violence, threaten journalists, peaceful citizens and try to intimidate the electoral advisers and judges. Radio programs broadcast incendiary remarks and call for social hatred, violent political upheaval, instead of peacefully waiting for the verdict of the ballot boxes and of electoral tribunals. In so doing, these political actors are in breach of Articles 123 and 124 of the Election Decree, which prohibit any proclamation of results and any public demonstration of a partisan nature from election day until the official announcement of the results.

Such behavior is reprehensible and prejudicial to the building of the democratic Rule of Law that the Haitian people are trying to build. While it is true that the Haitian Constitution guarantees the right to protest and freedom of expression, however, the law lays down the conditions and limits in which these rights may be exercised. No citizen, no political formation is above the law. Therefore, the signatories of this declaration invite the Executive Power to assume its responsibilities, to enforce the laws of the country, to keep until the end of the electoral process, that neutrality and vigilance that had presided over the vote of 20 November .

The religious institutions, civil society organizations and persons signing this declaration have so far welcomed a credible and acceptable electoral process carried out by the CEP and urge all members of the electoral institution and the electoral tribunals to complete their work in a transparent manner the said process, according to the indications of the electoral calendar and the prescriptions of the legislation on the matter.

At the end of the year, as Christmas approaches, especially after the terrible trauma caused by recent natural disasters, the Haitian people aspire to peace and look forward to the new year bringing new prospects for renewal on the political, economic and social plan."


Declaration signed by : Mgr Poulard Guire, Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince ; Rev. Exantus Sylvain, President of the Protestant Federation of Haiti ; Mgr Duracin Zachée, Bishop of the Episcopal Church ; Pasteur Antoine Jn Rigaud, Treasurer of the Protestant Federation of Haiti ; Desroches Rosny, Civil Society Initiative ; Dorvil Nahomme, Civil Society Initiative ; Paultre Edouard, CONHANE ; Apaid André M, New Haiti Foundation ; Romain Charles, Rector of University ; Antonin Arnold, Filmmaker ; Jean Baptiste Pauris, Protestant Sector

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