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Congressman Sires' Statement on the Assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse

Jul 7, 2021
Press Release

In response to the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, Congressman Albio Sires, Chairman of Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, Migration, and International Economic Policy, issued the following statement:

“I am saddened and appalled by the murder of Jovenel Moïse in Haiti. I send my deepest condolences to Mr. Moïse’s entire family and I hope that his wife, Martine Moïse, recovers fully from the attack. I urge the U.S. Government to support the efforts of Haitian law enforcement to bring the perpetrators to justice.

“While Mr. Moïse had remained in power beyond the constitutional end of his term and had ruled by decree for over a year, violence is inexcusable and antithetical to democratic values. As I have consistently expressed in recent months, I am deeply concerned by the growing instability in Haiti. I urge all parties to refrain from violence and I call on Haitian officials to work with Haitian civil society to broker a peaceful solution to this crisis that enables a return to democratic order.

“My heart is with the Haitian people. Haitians deserve to live in a peaceful society, free from the fear of kidnappings, gang violence, and lawlessness. Most of all, they deserve lives of dignity and opportunity in which their fundamental human rights are respected. As Chairman of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, I will continue to work tirelessly to support the peaceful, democratic aspirations of the Haitian people.”