CARICOM worried about situation in Haiti

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) says it is “deeply concerned” over the protracted political crisis in Haiti where opposition parties have been staging street demonstrations calling for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise.

A woman walks past tyre barricaded set ablaze by protestors in Haiti.
A woman walks past tyre barricaded set ablaze by protestors in Haiti.

On Monday, the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat said that it is still awaiting a response from the French-speaking CARICOM member country for the Prime Ministerial delegation to visit.

CARICOM Chairman and St Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet and the CARICOM Secretariat had confirmed the decision for a team to visit Haiti. The decision to send a delegation comprising, Chastanet, Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness and the Bahamas Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, had been taken at the CARICOM Summit held in St Lucia in July.

“I know that the situation is getting worse there.”

— Chastanet

The opposition parties in Haiti have accused Moise of embezzlement, but the head of state has defended himself against the reports. He has also insisted that he will not resign.

However, the plans to visit Haiti have been placed on hold as the situation worsened.

“I know that the situation is getting worse there. I know that we were due to first send a technical team to go there, but unfortunately, with the current crisis, that visit by the technical team has been postponed,” Chastanet said last week.

St Lucia's Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet
St Lucia’s Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet

The CARICOM Secretariat said that it had taken note of the series of demonstrations throughout the country, calling for President Moise to step down, as well as the outbreaks of looting, vandalism and violence which have led to casualties. On several occasions, the demonstrations have paralysed the country for days.

The Secretariat noted that despite the Community’s principled position of non-interference in the internal affairs of states, member states or third states, the regional leaders had received a report on the situation from the head of the Haitian delegation during their summit in Castries.