PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – Several organizations held a sit-in outside the grounds of the National Palace on Friday to demand the provisional administration establish an audit commission on the financial management of Haiti over the years following the earthquake of 2010.
The protesters sought explanations on the more than $11 billion [US] pledged to Haiti and managed by former U.S. President Bill Clinton following the January 12, 2010 earthquake. They demanded an audit on the financial management of the former President Michel Martelly (2011-16), who was brought to power in elections that year, of which results were changed by then-Secretary Hillary Clinton’s State Department.
Secretary Clinton’s emails on dates surrounding these events, October 2010 to 2012, represent a gap of information continued to be withheld by the Kerry State Department despite Freedom of Information Act requests made by U.S. news agencies.
The April 29, 2016 initiative was taken up by the Study Circle of Gramscian Literature (Cercle Gramsci), the Reflection Group on Social Issues (GREPS), the National Union of Haitian Educators (UNNOH), the People’s Democratic Movement (MODEP) and the Movement for Freedom and Equality of Haitians for Fraternity (MOLEGHAF).
The sit-in was also intended to provide support to an Election Verification Commission that was established a day earlier to review the electoral process of 2015. This election, financed by the U.S. taxpayer to the tune of $50 million [US], was marred by wide-spread violence and massive electoral fraud, with the totalitarian regime, instilled over 5 years by the Martelly administration, being most to blame.
The protesting organizations condemned the interference of U.S. diplomats who lead a faction of the international community in Haiti calling itself the Core Group. Former U.S. Ambassador to Haiti (2008-12) and State Department Special Coordinator, Kenneth Merten, as well as the current U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, Peter F. Mulrean, were criticized for violating the Vienna Conventions when they entered Haiti’s Parliament to put pressure on politicians to deny a verification of the vote.
These same organizations held, on Friday, April 15, 2016, a sit-in outside the offices of the Superior Court of Auditors and Administrative Disputes (CSCCA), the Haitian institution tasked with auditing accounts and routing out corruption.
In recent years, parallel groups of Haitian-Americans held at least a half-dozen sit-ins in front of Hillary Clinton’s offices in Harlem, New York, to protest for an audit of the earthquake reconstruction and the support they give for Michel Martelly to come into power, stay in power, and attempt to establish a dictatorship.
Friday’s mobilization gathered dozens of activists and civil society leaders who held placards on which were displayed hostile messages towards the former Martelly regime. Martelly’s reign has been heavily criticized for its involvement in scandals of corruption and waste of public funds. The New York Times outlined the ties the regime had with murderers, drug-traffickers, kidnappers and other criminal syndicates.
The government commissioner to the trial court in Port-au-Prince, Jean Danton Léger, has already issued from the prohibition against flight against several individuals of the former administration, including the former head of the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) Wilson Laleau and Michel Martelly’s son, Olivier Martelly.
Over the years, human rights lawyers had sent inquiry requests to the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon regarding the function of the head of its Envoy to Haiti, Bill Clinton. These inquiries were made towards the ends of obtaining an audit on Clinton’s questionable ties and management of the Haitian Interim Earthquake Reconstruction Commission.