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FAAE Committee Report

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As a result of their deliberations committees may make recommendations which they include in their reports for the consideration of the House of Commons or the Government. Recommendations related to this study are listed below.

Recommendation 1

That the Government of Canada immediately address challenges with its sanctions regime, including the lack of transparency and information provided to Parliamentarians, as well as the lack of resources allocated to investigations and enforcement. Moreover, that the Government of Canada continue and extend the use of the Justice for the Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act, sanctioning individuals who are actively involved in undermining democracy and gross human rights violations in Haiti, including politicians and oligarchs who finance and support violent armed gangs.

Recommendation 2

That the Government of Canada not only focus its aid to Haiti on immediate humanitarian needs, but develop a long-term strategy for the country with predictable and long-term funding and outcomes. The Government of Canada should also leverage its position as one of Haiti’s key humanitarian partners to persuade the international community to increase humanitarian and development assistance.

Recommendation 3

That the Government of Canada continue to work with international partners to strengthen the capacity of the Haitian National Police Force.

Recommendation 4

That the Government of Canada work with international partners, particularly source countries, to prevent and stop weapons and illegal drugs from being smuggled into Haiti, and assist the Government of Haiti to enhance its border controls. This includes helping the government to increase the number of border service agents, provide better training and tools, as well as make long-term investments of time and resources in Haiti’s security infrastructure.

Recommendation 5

That the Government of Canada and international partners make long-term financial commitments to Haiti-based civil society organizations that are focused on providing Haitian children with safe spaces to learn and play.

Recommendation 6

That the Government of Canada ensure it is consulting with Haitian civil society, opposition and human rights advocates at every opportunity, and commit to supporting a solution to this crisis that is Haitian‑led.

Recommendation 7

That the Government of Canada and its international partners pressure the Government of Haiti to make safe and unfettered access to schools a priority for all children of the country and work with civil society to pressure Haitian authorities to end the exploitation of children leading to recruitment into armed gangs.

Recommendation 8

That the Government of Canada continue and increase its efforts to help empower local civil society groups, especially Haitian women’s organizations, to develop and implement strategies to combat gender-based violence in Haiti, by assisting them with funding and expertise and make efforts to increase their political participation and representation and women’s economic empowerment.

Recommendation 9

That the Government of Canada ensure that human rights are central to any work it carries out in Haiti by taking into account the needs of vulnerable and marginalized populations such as those who have been displaced, women, children, people living with disabilities and the LGBTQ+ population.

Recommendation 10

That the Government of Canada support Haitian civil society and its leadership in finding a way out of the crisis and an appropriate democratic governance model that will benefit the people of Haiti.

Recommendation 11

That the Government of Canada ensure that its response to this crisis encompass humanitarian, economic, and political efforts, as well as justice and security sector support, including training while making clear it will not participate in direct engagement in military operations on the ground in Haiti by Canadian Armed Forces.