Jean-Bertrand Aristide

Jean-Bertrand Aristide
Jean-Bertrand Aristide
  • Born: July 15, 1953
  • Nationality: Haitian
  • Profession: Priest









Jean-Bertrand Aristide is a former Haitian priest and politician who became Haiti's first democratically elected president. A proponent of liberation theology, Aristide was appointed to a Roman Catholic parish in Port-au-Prince in 1982 after completing his studies to become a priest of the Salesian order. He became a focal point for the pro-democracy movement first under Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier and then under the military transition regime which followed. He won the Haitian general election between 1990 and 1991, with 67% of the vote and was briefly president of Haiti, until a September 1991 military coup. The coup regime collapsed in 1994 under U.S. pressure and threat of force (Operation Uphold Democracy). Aristide was then president again from 1994 to 1996 and from 2001 to 2004. However, Aristide was ousted in the 2004 coup d'état after right-wing ex-army paramilitaries invaded the country from across the Dominican border. As he claimed, the United States helped orchestrate the coup against him. Aristide was later forced into exile in the Central African Republic and South Africa. He finally returned to Haiti in 2011 after seven years in exile.

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... a mortal sin. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Capitalism
Disobey the rules; ask for more; leave your wretchedness behind; organize with your brothers and sisters; never accept the hand of fate. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Information has become the fundamental element of modern life. Miscellaneous
It is my responsibility to the Haitian people not to expose myself to danger except for good reason. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
People with children can never be good revolutionaries. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Revolution, not elections! Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Things are better for the country if there is [political] competition. But these people [Haitian politicians] are not used to competition … Each has a monopoly in his own area. I’m trying to change that. Policy & Policy Making
We shall prepare the coffee of reconciliation through the filter of justice. Through reconciliation, streams of tears will come to our eyes. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
We will continue to move from misery to poverty with dignity. Poverty
What am I if not the crystallization of popular demand, the promise of bread, justice and respect. Leaders & Leadership
What the people want, God wants. Miscellaneous
World events move from the seemingly impossible to the possible. Miscellaneous
As far as we are concerned, we are ready to leave today, tomorrow, at any time, to join the people of Haiti, to share in their suffering, help rebuild the country, moving from misery to poverty with dignity. Time
As we all know, many people remain buried under tons of rubble and debris, waiting to be rescued. When we think of their suffering, we feel deeply and profoundly that we should be there, in Haiti, with them, trying our best to prevent death. Death
Haiti, Haiti, the further I am from you, the less I breathe. Haiti, I love you, and I will love you always. Always. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Haitians don't like to say they are hungry because we are proud.
I am confident that I can serve my country without being involved as the president of the country now.
I know how the American people care for that democratic principle. They want to see their vote respected. As we in Haiti want to see the vote of the people respected.
I respect religion and will respect any religion. Respect ;Religion & God
I will work to bring peace to everyone - whatever economic level - as long as you are Haitian. War & Peace ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
If one suffers we all suffer. Togetherness is strength. Courage.
In 1994, when I went back to Haiti from exile, we established a Commission for Truth and Justice and Reconciliation. I passed the documents to the next government, and I never heard about it again. Truth ;Government
Of course, learning is strengthened and solidified when it occurs in a safe, secure and normal environment. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Peace in the head, peace in the stomach. War & Peace
Sometimes people who want to understand Haiti from a political perspective may be missing part of the picture. They also need to look at Haiti from a psychological perspective.
Sometimes people who want to understand Haiti from a political perspective may be missing part of the picture. They also need to look at Haiti from a psychological perspective. Most of the elite suffer from psychogenic amnesia. That means it's not organic amnesia, such as damage caused by brain injury. It's just a matter of psychology.
The first time Haiti had free and fair democratic elections was 1990, when I was elected. Time
The future of Haiti must be linked to the respect of the rights of every single citizen. Future ;Respect
The spirit of Ubuntu, that once led Haiti to emerge as the first independent black nation in 1804, helped Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador attain liberty, and inspired our forefathers to shed their blood for the United States' independence, cannot die. Today, this spirit of solidarity must and will empower all of us to rebuild Haiti.
The structure of apartheid is still rooted in the Haitian society. When you have apartheid, you don't see those behind the walls. That is the reality of Haiti. Society
We are all equal, rich and poor, and we need a society where the people enjoy their rights. Society
We have problems which will be addressed by Haitians.
We must all make peace so that we can all live in peace. War & Peace
When we say 'democracy' we have to mean what we say.
When you care about human beings, you do your best to not repress and to not let people to repress and to not arm people to repress.