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Profile: International Republican Institute (IRI)

 
  

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After May 21, 2000      Haiti Coup

       Political groups opposed to the party of Jean-Bertrand Aristide form the Democratic Convergence, a coalition made up of roughly 200 groups, which is headed by former Port-au-Prince mayor Evans Paul, a previous Aristide supporter and leader of the Convention for Democratic Unity. [Boston Globe, 2/14/2004; Resource Center of the Americas, 2/24/2004] The Convergence is a product of the USAID program, “Democracy Enhancement,” the purpose of which is to “fund those sectors of the Haitian political spectrum where opposition to the Aristide government could be encouraged.” Financial support for the Convergence comes from the International Republican Institute (IRI), which is associated with the US government-funded National Endowment for Democracy. The IRI receives about $3 million annually from Congress, as well as millions more from private Haitian and US interests. The organization's board includes a number of “current or former Republican Party officials, Republican officeholders, or members of Republican administrations.” The IRI's activities in Haiti are not completely understood and Roger Noriega, the US permanent representative to the Organization of American States, has always refused to elaborate on the organization's work in Haiti. [Boston Globe, 2/14/2004; Interhemispheric Resource Center (IRC), 2/27/2004; Resource Center of the Americas, 2/24/2004; CounterPunch, 3/1/2004; Chomsky, n.d.]
People and organizations involved: USAID, International Republican Institute (IRI), Roger Francisco Noriega, National Endowment for Democracy, Evans Paul, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Democratic Convergence
          

2001      Haiti Coup

       Clinton holdover US Ambassador to Haiti Brian Dean Curran complains that Stanley Lucas of the Republican-dominated International Republican Institute (IRI) is “undermining” international efforts to help Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and the Democratic Convergence come to a compromise over Haiti's contested 2000 congressional elections (see May 21, 2000). [Newsday, 3/16/2004]
People and organizations involved: International Republican Institute (IRI), Brian Dean Curran, Stanley Lucas, Democratic Convergence, Jean-Bertrand Aristide
          

February 2003      Haiti Coup

       Stanley Lucas, who is the point man in Haiti for the Republican-dominated International Republican Institute (IRI) based in the Dominican Republic, meets with Haitian rebel Guy Philippe and his men. Three months later the group will cross into Haiti and attack a hydroelectric power plant. Lucas has long ties to the Haitian military (see Early May 2003). After the toppling of Aristide's government 12 months later, it will be learned that the group had been funded and trained through the IRI (see (2001-2004)). [The Black Commentator, 5/15/2003; Interhemispheric Resource Center (IRC), 2/27/2004]
People and organizations involved: International Republican Institute (IRI), Stanley Lucas, Guy Philippe
          

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