Statement about the July 2021 unrest in Haiti
July 08, 2021
The Haitian Studies Association (HSA) joins countless academic and professional organizations, researchers, activists and all others committed to human and civil rights in Haiti, in the African Diaspora and across the world, in expressing our deep dismay over the news of the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse and the recent murders of civilians in the country. More than anything, we hope for peace, the safety of all Haitian citizens, and an end to the structural crises that have led to escalating violence and unprecedented political unrest.
We join forces with those challenging the lasting effects of postcolonial inequities that Haitian citizens continue to face. For over 30 years, H.S.A. has worked to uphold the legacy of one of the oldest democracies in the Americas and remains committed to providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and the dissemination of knowledge about Haiti. We call on both national and international communities in this moment of crisis to join in fruitful dialogues to bring about systemic change and support the advent of real democratic futures for Haiti.