RESOLUTION ON HAITI
The Socialist International, at its Council meeting in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on 26 and 27 November 2001, alarmed by the deteriorating economic, social and political situation in Haiti:
• Condemns the violations of the rights of independent journalists, members of civic organisations, political opposition, and members and sympathisers who are prohibited by the Lavalas power from holding meetings;
• Supports Haitian social democrats and their allies in their efforts to establish a rule of law;
• Laments the absence of democratic commitment on the part of the de facto government. The renewal of international assistance should be conditioned on the existence of a democratic atmosphere and a political accord between the governing authorities and the Democratic Convergence;
• Deplores the fact that until now the process of negotiation in Haiti has not resulted in a political accord, despite the mediation of the OAS. Such an accord is necessary to overcome the national crisis stemming from the disputed elections of 2000;
• Urges its member parties and like-minded parties to persevere with realistic negotiations with the objective of creating conditions to address urgent problems, such as extreme poverty and deforestation;
• Supports the decision of its member parties to form, with other like-minded parties, a broad social democratic movement capable of helping the people of Haiti to realise their democratic aspirations and bring about an economic and social transformation of their daily lives.