Break the Chains of Haiti's Debt Jubilee USA Network
August 2006

Break the Chains of Haiti's Debt

Thank you Jubilee supporters for calling your members of Congress on July 25th to urge them to support a House resolution that would immediately cancel Haiti’s debt. Your efforts generated 16 new co-sponsors to H.Res. 888!

Haiti is the most impoverished country in the Western hemisphere. Haiti’s massive debt burden of $1.4 billion is both unpayable and unjust. Much of Haiti’s debt was contracted under 30 years of Duvalier regimes, notorious for human rights abuses and opulent lifestyle financed by Haiti’s poor and by foreign assistance. Though the country was added in April to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank’s debt relief program, under the program’s onerous economic policy conditions, Haiti will not see irrevocable debt cancellation for three or more years. Haiti cannot wait years or suffer through more such policies to see its debt cancelled.

Please call your member of Congress requesting their support for a House resolution that would cancel Haiti’s debt immediately, without delays.

Get educated!
NEW: Factsheet on Haiti's Debt
This factsheet from Jubilee USA and IJDH details the origins of Haiti's debt and makes the case for immediate cancellation.

Report: Break the Chains of Haiti's Debt
This report details Haiti's debt and poverty situation, written by Haiti solidarity activist and researcher, Mark Schuller.

Article: Cancel Haiti's Debt, Now!
This article, also by Mark Schuller, gives an overview of the urgent need to cancel Haiti's debt, from Jubilee USA's Summer 2006 newsletter.

Take action!

Urge your Representative to cancel Haiti's debt!
Contact your Representative in the House about co-sponsoring a Haiti debt cancellation resolution (H.Res. 888) urging the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and other international financial institutions to completely cancel Haiti’s debt without delays!

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