July 7, 2022
Pressley, House Haiti Caucus Mark One Year Anniversary of the Assassination of President Jovenel Moïse
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Reps. Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Andy Levin (MI-09), Val Demings (FL-10) and Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09) released the following statement marking the one-year anniversary of the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse:
“One year since Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated, the people of Haiti have faced instability and violence, but they remain resolved and capable as ever to determine their own future. It is critical that the United States reassess our stance towards Haiti and empower civil society actors in a full democratic transition.
“American and international support of Prime Minister Ariel Henry has come at the expense of a true Haitian-led democratic movement. Violence, gang activity, kidnappings, and economic collapse are severe, contributing to Haiti’s mass displacement and out-migration crises. Henry’s government is suppressing basic rights and freedoms, and the Haitian people have seen no justice for Moïse’s assassination.
“A broad and well-organized Haitian-led democratic movement is charting its own course for their beloved but troubled country, and this movement needs our support. The State Department must immediately move to complete and release its report on the Moïse investigation, as required by law, and President Biden should withdraw support from Prime Minister Henry and take steps that empower civil society actors to move toward a full democratic transition.”