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26646: McCalla (comments) Most Expensive Haitian Elections To Date May Yield Little Benefit (fwd)
From: Jocelyn McCalla <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Haiti: The Most Expensive Elections To Date May Yield Little
New York, November 21, 2005 -- Haiti is lurching towards
national elections that may cost the impoverished country as
much as $100 million. "These elections may be the most
expensive Haitian vote to date," says Jocelyn McCalla, Executive
Director of the National Coalition for Haitian Rights (NCHR),
"but conditions for stable democratic progress barely exist.
Consequently, electoral democracy may not trigger the functional
democracy that Haitians yearn for."
In a report released today entitled Haiti: Lurching Towards
2006, the NCHR notes that Haiti suffers from several important
institutional deficiencies that hamper the establishment of a
rights-respecting regime. These include a small, corrupt and
unwieldy police force whose effective size remains a relative
mystery since it collapsed before rebel advances in 2004.
Corruption, abuse and maladministration are the defining
features of the Haitian legal and penal system. "In Haiti,
justice is for sale," says Mr. McCalla, "they just don't bother
putting up the 'for sale' sign."
"It's great that the international community has poured so much
money into Haiti's elections. This should be seen however as a
down payment. Bringing Haiti back from the brink of state
collapse will require more than an electoral exercise. Political
and socio-economic stability will be achieved only if the state
institutions that anchor a modern democratic nation get
substantial and substantive investment."
According to the NCHR, this means significantly reforming,
strengthening and expanding the police force and the judiciary.
But even then these institutions will remain years away from
being able to fulfill responsibly and independently their
mission. Therefore the UN presence in Haiti should be extended
for several more years, and adjusted yearly in accordance with
verifiable progress towards the establishment of the rule of
law. Haiti and the UN should share equal responsibility for
state failure or progress. In addition to investing
substantively in infrastructure, health and education, Haiti
must tap the Haitian Diaspora's wealth of skills and resources
for public sector reforms and economic development. Finally
Haiti's northern and Caribbean neighbors should adopt and
implement temporary migration measures that give Haiti the time
and space needed to provide a decent and sustaining environment
for all Haitians.
The eight-page report is available as an Acrobat Reader file at
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