Eshoo Calls for Transition Government in Haiti Ahead of Fall National Elections

July 1, 2021
Press Release
President Jovenel Moïse must step down to ensure free and fair elections

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) released the following statement today in response to deteriorating political and social conditions and escalating violence in Haiti:

“Jovenel Moïse is leading Haiti on a path to dictatorship. He has scheduled a constitutional referendum to strengthen his power and eliminate his political rivals. The Biden Administration has correctly opposed this unconstitutional move and a Haiti-led process for a new government should be supported in order to have free, fair, and credible elections that are not possible under the Moïse regime.

“The ongoing political instability in Haiti and the increase in violence against political activists, journalists, and innocent civilians is deeply concerning. Congress and the Biden Administration should reexamine U.S. foreign assistance to the Haitian National Police which has been used by President Moïse to suppress civil rights and target political opponents. The Haitian people deserve to live in a democratic society that respects and defends their basic civil and human rights.” 

Rep. Eshoo recently wrote to Secretary of State Antony Blinken calling on the Biden Administration to withhold support and funding for President Moïse’s constitutional referendum and work with Haitian civil society and grassroots organizations to support a Haiti-led process for political change.

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