Sunday, June 23, 2019 ((rezonodwes.com)) – In an open letter to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, US citizens of Haitian descent, grouped in the Haitian-American Alliance for Development Economic Affairs (AHEAD) want the US government to take into account the deterioration of the country's overall situation and the increasingly precarious living conditions of Haitians, instead of supporting a power that has proved incapable and incompetent to meet the needs of the Haitian people. the needs of the Haitian people
They say they do not understand why the US administration that promotes democracy continues to support a government that violates the rights of its own people.
They cite in particular the inaction of the government to improve the socio-economic conditions of Haitians and the massacres committed in populous neighborhoods such as Saline, “Nan Tokyo”, Cité Soleil, Carre-Feuilles etc.
They also emphasize abuses committed by armed gangs that would be in the pay of certain authorities of power.
This situation significantly affects the business climate and hampers investments that the country needs immensely to develop, they deplore.
If the country does not benefit from large investments favoring the creation of jobs generating wealth, Haitians, especially young people will flee the country massively to reach the US shores where other countries in the region, they Warned while also lamenting the support of their adoptive countries to a corrupt regime whose president is indexed by the Superior Court of Accounts in the corruption scandal linked to the squandering of Petrocaribe funds.
Francklyn B. Geffrard
Google Translation From: AHAED
To: Mike Pompeo United States Secretary of State In His Office .-
Mr. Secretary of State,
We, Haitian-American Citizens, Meeting Within the Haitian-American Alliance for Economic Development (AHEAD) take the liberty to write this letter to express our deep disappointment and our f rustration in relation to American policy in Haiti.
In May 2011, with the support of the United States, a highly moral country, a savage singer named Michel Martelly came to power in Haiti and set up a regime called “tèt kale” (shaved head) that described as the power of “legal” bandits. And since, the State of Haiti is banditized and the banditism becomes legal.
In addition to having participated in the squandering of public funds, notably the Petrocaribe program (4.2 billion US dollars), the têt kale regime imposed on expatriate Haitians two illegal taxes: $ 1.50 on all cash transfers in direction and from Haiti and 5 cents on each international phone call. So far, no one knows how these funds totaling several hundred million US dollars were used. In 2018 alone, Haitian expatriates sent $ 3.8 billion in remittances, food and other goods to Haiti.
In the United States, we pay taxes. In return, our taxes come back to us as a service. In Haiti, taxpayers' money and international aid only serve to enrich leaders. And that is why, with incompetent and corrupt leaders the country will never be able to develop, will always depend on international aid and will be a burden for friendly countries, especially the United States.
In February 2017, again with the favor of the United States, after a short transition, the regime tèt kale, second version, returns to power in the person of “the engineer” Jovenel Moïse who ensures the continuity of the policy his mentor Michel Martelly, characterized by corruption, the demolition of republican institutions, the violation of human rights, the Constitution and the laws of the republic.
Mr. Secretary of State, under the administration of Jovenel Moïse, the socio-economic and political situation of the country has deteriorated to the point that the young, true future of Haiti and the trained cadres are leaving by the hundreds of thousands. They take refuge massively in the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Canada, Brazil, Chile, the United States and so on. The persistence of the serious socio-economic crisis that is dangerously affecting the country because of bad governance, the incompetence of the regime in place, will still push other compatriots to the US shores in search of a better economic.
Many massacres have been perpetrated recently in several neighborhoods in the metropolitan area, including La Saline, Carrefour-Feuilles, Cite Soleil, the bottom of Delmas and so on. According to reports by human rights organizations including the RNDDH and the Je Klere Foundation, these are state massacres committed by armed bandits in the pay of power and with the participation of state agents and force public. The Haitian government remains always silent on these unpunished crimes. The United Nations Mission in support of the justice system in Haiti has just issued a damning report that clearly establishes the responsibility of the regime in place in these carnage.
The security situation in the country is so worrying that your administration has decided to advise against traveling to Haiti, which you have ranked among the most dangerous countries. This decision has a very serious impact on the country's tourism sector, which does not receive the necessary investment to revive its economy.
Mr. Secretary of State, we have no intention of dictating to you what you must do, however, we want to express to you clearly our surprise and astonishment that the US administration that you represent continues to support this regime that symbolizes insecurity and social precariousness.
Increasingly unpopular and splashed by corruption scandals, President Jovenel Moïse faces opposition from various important sectors of the country who are demanding his resignation for incapacity and his involvement in acts of state swindle . Indeed, the latest report of the Superior Court of Accounts and Administrative Disputes (CSCCA), the highest administrative body in the country, indexed Jovenel Moise as one of the dilapidators of the Petrocaribe fund. The support of the American administration for such a hated and corrupt regime is contrary both to American values and the dignity of Haitians who no longer want to be the laughing stock of the world because of their leaders.
If these people were in the United States, they would all be behind bars for the various crimes they committed. Justice would be neither lenient nor indulgent towards them. They would face heavy prison sentences. In Haiti, they are, unfortunately, those who hold the reins of power enjoying total impunity. This is contrary to the rule of law and democracy that we Americans advocate.
Finally, Mr. Secretary of State, we want to draw your attention to the need to withdraw your support for this regime outlaw and unable to meet the needs of the population and to express solidarity with the Haitian people. Governments are passing, but people are staying. We think it's good that you get out of the system before it's too late. This government, which has enriched itself to the detriment of its own people, has already crossed all the limits of the unacceptable and has no chance of surviving a popular uprising that can break out at any time. Everything is in place and all the conditions are in place for this to happen. And if the popular revolt breaks out in Haiti, this regime will certainly not guarantee American interests in Haiti or protect the lives and property of our compatriots; especially since it is part of the problem and not the solution.
Accept, Mr. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the expression of our patriotic sentiments!
Jacques Bingue, PhD President
CC: His Excellency, Donald J Trump, President of the United States To the members of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Senate To the members of the Committee of Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives