Levin Statement on Assassination of Jovenel Moïse

July 7, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), Co-Chair of the House Haiti Caucus and member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement after the assassination of Haitian president Jovenel Moïse.

“I offer my sincere condolences to Jovenel Moïse’s family and pray for the swift recovery of Martine Moïse following this heinous act.

“The murder of Jovenel Moïse is a devastating if not shocking example of the extent to which the security situation in Haiti has unraveled. For months, violent actors have terrorized the Haitian people with impunity while the international community—the United States included, I fear—has failed to heed their cries to change course and support a Haitian-led democratic transition. Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph’s claim that the Haitian national police and armed forces have the country’s security in hand strikes one as absurd in the immediate aftermath of the brazen murder of the de facto president and just two days after Moïse had announced Joseph’s own replacement as prime minister with no consultation or political support.

“I implore the Biden administration to pursue a new policy toward Haiti that puts the will and wellbeing of the Haitian people first. It is essential to bringing about true peace and security and preventing more atrocities like that which occurred this morning. I will work diligently with my colleagues in the House Haiti Caucus to serve as partners in this effort.”