In recent months, Haitians have demonstrated their overwhelming opposition to President Jovenel Moïse. There have been massive protests and multiple general strikes demanding Moïse leave. We consider their demands legitimate.
A recent corruption investigation by Haiti’s Superior Court of Auditors and Administrative Disputes accused Moïse’s companies of swindling $2 million of public money. Some two billion dollars were pilfered under Moïse’s mentor Michel Martelly from Petro Caribe, a discounted oil program set up by Venezuela. Yet, the people’s demand for justice in this money squandering scandal has been met with fierce repression. Police have killed dozens of demonstrators since anti-corruption protests began last year. In the worst documented case, the UN confirmed the Haitian government’s culpability in a terrible massacre of up to 71 civilians in the impoverished Port-au-Prince neighborhood of La Saline in mid-November 2018.
Let’s remember that Moïse assumed office in 2017, through voter suppression and electoral fraud. Barely one in five Haitians voted. The people have been protesting and voicing their opposition to Moïse since day one, but he clings to power because of support from the US, Canada and members of the so-called “Core Group” (France, Brazil, Germany, Spain, EU and OAS). Canada has provided financial, policing and diplomatic support to the unpopular government. Canadian officials have repeatedly promoted and applauded a police force that has been responsible for countless abuses. Recent Canadian and “Core Group” statements completely ignore Moise’s electoral illegitimacy and downplay the enormity of the corruption and violence against protesters.
The undersigned call on the Justin Trudeau government and Canadian state, member of the “Core Group” - to stop backing a corrupt, repressive and illegitimate president Haitians massively reject.
Please note the situation is urgent, as the people’s access to basic necessities is more precarious everyday while the country is paralyzed and dysfunctional due to the political crisis.
Signatories, David Suzuki, award-winning geneticist/broadcaster RogerWaters, co-founder Pink Floyd Amir Khadir, ex-deputy, Québec Solidaire Maude Barlow, Honorary Chairperson of the Council of Canadians Linda Mcgaig, author/journalist Joel Harden, MPP for Ottawa Centre Will Prosper, filmmaker/human rights activist Françoise Boucard, former chair, Haiti’s National Truth and Justice Commission Sid Ryan, former president, Ontario Federation of Labour and CUPE Ontario Sue Montgomery, Mayor of NDG/Co-creator of #BeenRapedNeverReported JimManly, Member of Parliament 1980-88 Yann Martel, author Tariq Ali, author Frantz Voltaire, editor André Michel, president Artistes Pour La Paix Michele Landsberg, journalist/activist Chris Hedges, author Frantz André, Solidarité Québec-Haïti #Petrochallenge 2019 Bruce Cockburn OC, musician/songwriter El Jones, poet Rawi Hage, author Robyn Maynard, author George Elliott Clarke, OC, poet Greg Grandin, professor history Yale University Rinaldo Walcott, professor and writer Terra Lightfoot, singer-songwriter Jean Saint-Vil, journalist/activist Alain Deneault, philosopher Antonia Zerbisias, journalist/activist Medea Benjamin, co-director CODEPINK Stephen von Sychowski, president, Vancouver & District Labour Council Gordon Laxer, author/founding director, Parkland Institute Èzili Dantò, Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network/Free Haiti Movement Jord Samolesky, Propagandhi Janis Alton, Co-Chair, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace Yves Engler, author/activist Carmen Rodriguez, author Elaine Brière, filmmaker, Haiti Betrayed David Putt, researcher, Haiti Betrayed Christopher C. Black, Canadian international criminal lawyer, list of counsel, ICC Peter Hallward, author, Damming the Flood: Haiti and the Politics of Containment Monia Mazigh, PhD/author Azeezah Kanji, journalist/legal academic Charlie Demers, writer/comedian Renel Exentus, regroupement des haïtien.ne.s de Montréal contre l'occupation d'Haïti Grahame Russell, Co-Director, Rights Action Wade Davis, Professor of Anthropology, UBC Eva Manly, retired filmmaker Pierrot Ross-Tremblay, professeur Université d'Ottawa Clayton Thomas-Muller Author, Director, Senior Campaign Specialist, 350.org Frederick Jones, retired professor, Dawson College Marie Dimanche, Solidarité Québec-Haïti #Petrochallenge 2019 Torquil Campbell singer and a songwriter, Stars Rosina Kazi, vocalist, LAL band Alexa Conradi, author/activist Bianca Mugyenyi, activist Jonathan Kuttab, co-founder, Al-Haq Kevin Edmonds, educator/activist Mostafa Henaway, author/Immigrant Workers Centre Donald Cuccioletta, coordinator Nouveaux Cahiers du Socialisme Derrick O'Keefe, writer/co-founder Ricochet Scott Weinstein, health care worker Bill Ross, activist Margaret Flowers, co-director Popular Resistance Jennie-Laure Sully, Solidarité Québec-Haïti #Petrochallenge 2019 Kevin Zeese, co-director Popular Resistance Ann Rogers, Political Studies Vancouver Island University Andrea Levy, coordinating editor Canadian Dimension magazine James Winter, author and professor, University of Windsor Kari Polanyi Levitt, development economist Patrick Mbeko, Canadian political scientist of Congolese origin Rafaelle Roy, painter Jan J. Dominique, writer Gary Klang, writer Tamara Lorincz, board member, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace Greg Beckett, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Western University Kevin Skerrett, union researcher Nikolas Barry-Shaw, researcher/activist Darren Ell, teacher/photographer Henry Heller, professor Turenne Joseph, Solidarité Québec-Haïti #Petrochallenge 2019 Richard Swift, journalist Claudia Chaufan, MD, professor, York University Robin Mathews, retired Professor/Poet/Playwright/Activist Jay Watts, co-chair Toronto Association for Peace & Solidarity Michael S Goodman, activist Rosemary Hnatiuk, activist Ajit Singh, lawyer/graduate student Ali Mallah, former Ontario and Federal NDP Executive member Raul Burbano, activist Justin Podur, writer/academic Elaine Hughes, activist Trevor Herriot, writer, activist Ken Collier, Retired academic and current activist Mission, BC Syed Hussan, Migrant Workers Alliance Ralph Gastmeier, Retired cooperative housing coordinator Saul Bottcher, Green Party of Canada candidate 2015 David Heap, Teacher-Researcher & Community Human Rights Advocate Bev Currie, Past President Saskatchewan NDP Phil Taylor, Host and producer of Taylor Report, CIUT 89.5 fm Toronto Nadia Abu-Zahra, Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa Martin Lukacs, journalist Youri Smouter, journalist Sid Shniad, retired union research director/activist Eva Bartlett, independent journalist/activist Jooneed Khan, journalist and human rights activist Barry Weisleder, co-editor, Socialist Action newspaper, chair, NDP Socialist Caucus William Sloan, ex. refugee lawyer Dimitri Lascaris, lawyer/journalist/activist John Philpot, international defense lawyer Arnold August, Montreal journalist/author on US-Latin America Antonio Artuso, Front uni contre le fascisme et la guerre Gary Engler, author John Wesley Delva, journalist/poet Jonathan McPhedran Waitzer, consultant in organizational development Jeanne-Marie Rugira, Professor at the University du Québec à Rimouski Mouloud Idir-Djerroud, political scientist/pan-Africanist activist Franklin Lopez, Filmmaker, Voluntarily Unemployed Nadia Duguay, cofounder Exeko Amel Zaazaa, feminist and anti-racist activist Marita Mariasine, activist in Ayiti since 2010 Pascale Brunet, community organizer Christian Tremblay, anticolonial activist Christian Gagnon, Bloc Québécois candidate in Papineau Nawel A. Hamidi, lawyer, PhD student University of Essex(UK) Rushdia Mehreen, community organizer Athena R. Kolbe, Professor of Social Work University of North Carolina Robert Green, Green Party Candidate for NDG-Westmount Brian Concannon, Human Rights Lawyer and Board Member of IJDH Freda Guttman artist/activist Rael Nidess, M.D.Marshall, TX USA Khaled Mouammar, activist Richard Sanders, author/activist Marv Gandall, activist Karen Rodman, activist Larry Hannant, historian/activist Dave Greenfield, activist Judith Deutsch, psychoanalyst Raoul Paul, co-editor Canada-Haiti Information Project Travis Ross, public school teacher/co-editor Canada-Haiti Information Project Greg Albo, York professor Paul Larudee, nonprofit administrator/former academic/US government advisor Denis Rancourt, Researcher, Ontario Civil Liberties Association Anthony James Hall, Professor Emeritus/Editor In Chief American Herald Tribune Peter Eglin, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Wilfrid Laurier University/activist Mary Ellen Davis, cinéaste/travailleuse culturelle Ken Stone, Treasurer of Hamilton Coalition To Stop The War Samir Gandesha, Associate Professor and Director SFU Institute for the Humanities Carmen Aguirre, theatre artist/author Anastasia Marcelin, activist/politician Pierre Beaudet, Nouveaux cahiers du socialisme John Clarke, activist Harsha Walia, activist/writer Aziz Fall, President Centre Internationaliste Ryerson Foundation Aubin Patrice Pierre, Christian/Midwife/Haitian Orphanage Founder