Reports of the treatment and circumstances of Haitian migrants, together with girls and youngsters who travelled to the Del Rio Texas Border, remind us but once more of the more and more determined plight of Haitian financial migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.
As Caribbean individuals who work for gender, social, financial, and environmental justice, we stand in solidarity with the individuals of Haiti. We acknowledge our shared historical past of oppression by racism, pressured migration, enslavement, indentureship, colonialism and neo-colonialism. We recall the Haitian individuals’s heroic revolution for freedom and the way this victory was sabotaged by punitive measures and reprisals, together with the exacting of compensation for former enslavers. We uphold the demand for reparations for Haiti for the unjust and merciless blockade and cost of hundreds of thousands to compensate former slave house owners – it’s a debt but to be paid.
We are appalled subsequently at the persevering with political and financial destabilization that maintains persistent poverty and insecurity and undermines hope for a way forward for peace, equality, and a good high quality of life for Haitians.
Deteriorating circumstances have been exacerbated by a tsunami-like collection of disasters, stretching again to the 2010 earthquake. This yr Haiti has been hit by one other earthquake and a storm, inflicting additional lack of lives and the destruction of communities – houses, infrastructure, hospitals, and different social companies.
This is happening at the same time as the Haitian individuals, with meagre assets, wrestle to take care of a raging international pandemic. The assassination of President Jovenel Moise has contributed to the destabilization in the nation.
This destabilization permits for the rise, consolidation, and affect of gangs, in addition to dying and vigilante squads, all of whom function with impunity. Countless Haitians have been killed and harmed, together with human rights defenders and group activists as prison gangs have interaction in turf wars for energy and management of meals and different assets.
Haitians are entitled to lives of dignity. Yet centuries of exterior domination and extraction imply that Haitians, regardless of their efforts at self-determination, proceed to be marginalized and oppressed.
It is the human situation to search for methods out, to hunt alternatives for peace and safety, particularly for the sake of kids. And so, the worldwide group has a accountability to assist Haitians in Haiti in addition to those that flee due to despair and worry.
We condemn unequivocally the oppressive, racist, and inhumane treatment by US Border Patrol Agents against defenseless Haitians.
Within this context, we name on the President of the United States of America to finish the deportation of Haitians to Haiti and we name for renewed efforts by CARICOM to speed up and improve humanitarian and growth efforts for the reconstruction of Haiti.
Beyond measures to help those that go away Haiti, the individuals of Haiti should be supported in the institution of a mechanism for real nationwide dialogue amongst a various and credible illustration of Haitians. This is important to achieve broad consensus on a pathway to justice, democracy, reconciliation, renewal, and financial, cultural, and social sustainability. Communities and civil society organizations should meaningfully take part on this dialogue in direction of discovering options.
We name on the University of the West Indies and different academic and growth entities in the Caribbean to redouble their efforts to assist Haitian academic and different types of growth.
We additional name on CARICOM, by the Heads of Government, and in live performance with the peoples of the Caribbean, to place in place a mechanism for the granting of particular refugee and asylum standing to Haitians fleeing persecution and financial destitution – short-term or everlasting. We remind our leaders of their dedication to the free motion of Caribbean nationals afforded to all CARICOM nationals. This should apply additionally with out discrimination to Haitian nationals.
We acknowledge our debt to Haiti. We affirm the braveness of Haitians to whom we owe our consideration and resolve to restore historic and persevering with harms.
Raise Your Voice St. Lucia
Joan Grant Cummings