Haitian Diaspora Expresses Frustrations With U.S. Haiti Policy at Congressional Hearing

WLRN, By TIM PADGETT, December 10, 2019

The House Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington held a hearing Tuesday on the worsening crisis in Haiti. Haitian expats, some from Miami, expressed frustrations with Trump Administration policy towards Haiti.

The U.S. House’s Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere called the hearing “Haiti on the Brink.” The country is facing one of its worst political and humanitarian crises in decades.

Millions of Haitians are calling for the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse, who is widely accused of corruption and human rights violations. Through a translator, Haitian human rights activist Pierre Espérance, who heads the independent National Human Rights Defense Network, described what he called the growing scope of state brutality.

“Since 2018,” he told the committe, “the current administration in Haiti has used armed gangs to repress political dissent in Haiti.”

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