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OAS anticorruption mechanism holds on-site visit to Haiti

April 17, 2014
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- A Commission of the Anti-Corruption Mechanism of the Organization of American States (OAS) held an “on-site” visit to Haiti from April 8 – 10 with the country’s consent, as part of the analysis that the mechanism carries out in accordance with...

Fears mount for safety of human rights defender in Haiti

April 16, 2014
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- On 2 April, Pierre Espérance, a prominent Haitian human rights defender, received a letter containing a bullet and death threats related to his work. Amnesty International said it fears for his safety and that of other human rights defenders in the country.

Danger of self-censorship in Haiti after official warning to radio stations

April 16, 2014
PARIS, France -- Press freedom organisation Reporters Without Borders said it is alarmed by the communiqué that the National Telecommunications Council (CONATEL) in Haiti issued on 8 April condemning “certain” radio stations that “systematically broadcast false information...

Letter: Goodbye Hitler, hello Putin

April 12, 2014
It is said dealing with Vladimir Putin is like “Russian roulette,” with the concern of at least one world leader that the Russian president is not in touch with reality. A New York Times report published Sunday said that German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in her phone call with...

Engineering award highlights success of home repairs programme in Haiti

April 9, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- A post-Haiti earthquake home repairs programme implemented by the government of Haiti in partnership with the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) will be recognized among other “Global Best Projects” by Engineering News-Record (ENR).

Haitian activists to speak about child slavery on US east coast tour

April 9, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- Haitian activists Alina ‘Tibebe’ Cajuste and Guyto Desrosiers will speak about child slavery during a forthcoming tour of US east coast cities. From May 8 to May 25, 2014, they will be visiting the Washington, Philadelphia, New York, Providence, and Boston areas.

Washington supports Haiti's efforts to solve journalist murder case

April 8, 2014
Washington supports Haiti's efforts to solve journalist murder case BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (HCNN) -- A top US State Department official, over the weekend, praised and voiced strong support for efforts underway in Haiti to solve the murder case of Jean Dominique who was the Caribbean country's most famous journalist and political commentator.

Press freedom in Haiti shows progress, says IAPA

April 8, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- In one of a number of in-depth reviews of major press freedom developments in the past six months in each of the countries of the Americas, the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) said freedom of the press in Haiti during this period has shown some progress.

Haitian leader opens government to opponents

April 5, 2014
Haitian leader opens government to opponents PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haiti's leadership announced a cabinet reshuffle this week to allow opponents to enter the government in compliance with a recent historic agreement to facilitate the holding of crucial legislative and local elections and ease a crisis that threatened...

Haiti press freedom watchdog calls on court to decide on assassination case

April 5, 2014
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- The Haitian press freedom organization, SOS Journalistes, and the Independent Commission to support Investigations into Killings of Journalists (CIAPEAJ) on Thursday called on Haiti's Supreme Court to decide without delay on the request for recusal...

Haitian hip-hop star Wyclef Jean to perform official anthem at soccer world cup final

April 3, 2014
Haitian hip-hop star Wyclef Jean to perform official anthem at soccer world cup final NEW YORK, USA (HCNN) -- World renowned Haitian hip-hop superstar, Wyclef Jean, alongside other global stars including music legend, Carlos Santana, will perform the 2014 Soccer World Cup official anthem at the closing ceremony of a competition that is arguably the most watched live sporting event in the world.

Senior UN official urges donor community to ramp up efforts to tackle cholera in Haiti

April 2, 2014
Senior UN official urges donor community to ramp up efforts to tackle cholera in Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The United Nations official tasked with coordinating the response to the cholera epidemic in Haiti says the country is not receiving the international attention it deserves, and is calling on the donor community to scale up support to combat the disease.

Curacao eases visa policy

April 2, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- An easing of Curacao’s visa policy will apply to people from Colombia, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Bolivia and the Schengen Areas starting May 1 of this year, according to the Minister of Justice Nelson Navarro. The reason given is the growth of the economy.

Over 400 students in Haiti to get free first-class education

April 1, 2014
Over 400 students in Haiti to get free first-class education CARACOL, Haiti -- Sae-A Foundation, the philanthropic arm of leading global apparel manufacturer and exporter Sae-A Trading, formally celebrated the opening of its new S&H School in Haiti last Wednesday, further contributing to the country's post-earthquake reconstruction efforts.

Haiti welcomes Vietnam PM in effort to strengthen cooperation

March 31, 2014
Haiti welcomes Vietnam PM in effort to strengthen cooperation PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haiti's president and chief of government on Friday welcomed Vietnam's prime minister, Nguyen Tan Dung, who was on a one-day official visit to the Caribbean country, as both nations move to strengthen cooperation ties in different areas.

Haiti talks successful, says Bahamas minister

March 31, 2014
Haiti talks successful, says Bahamas minister NASSAU, Bahamas -- Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell said on Friday that a delegation he led to Haiti had a “successful bilateral discussion” which the Bahamas government hopes will lead to a slowdown in illegal immigration to The Bahamas and increased trade.

IMF approves US$2.5 million disbursement to Haiti

March 31, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- Last week, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed the seventh review of Haiti’s performance under its program supported by the extended credit facility (ECF) arrangement. Completion of the review will enable an immediate...

Haitian lawmaker frees criminal suspects by force

March 29, 2014
Haitian lawmaker frees criminal suspects by force PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Prosecutors in Haiti's capital on Thursday observed the last day of a 48-hour strike to denounce and protest the storming of their office by a lawmaker who freed by force a group of suspects who were about to be heard on illegal confinement and destruction of public property charges.

Caribbean investment promotion agencies visit Nicaragua

March 29, 2014
MANAGUA, Nicaragua -- The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), in collaboration with the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA) and PRONicaragua, organized and executed a study tour to PRONicaragua in Managua, Nicaragua.

Commentary: Haiti, a national dialogue that pleases many but disturbs some

March 29, 2014
Commentary: Haiti, a national dialogue that pleases many but disturbs some On Friday March 14, 2014, an historic step that will lead to peace and harmony amongst the Haitian people took place in Petionville, Haiti. The instrument that was labored over for weeks amongst the executive, the legislative and the political parties, under the observation of the judiciary and civil society...

Organisation founded to assist Haitians with medical and construction needs launches website

March 25, 2014
TOLEDO, USA -- Dr Dave Bejot and Eric Messer founded Doctors & Engineers Expediting Advancements for Global Humanity (DEXA) in 2011 to help the people of Haiti with construction and medical needs. They are excited to announce they now have a website to help them attract...

Haiti town hall initiative further connects government with communities, officials say

March 24, 2014
Haiti town hall initiative further connects government with communities, officials say PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- An initiative to organize a series of town hall meetings in different regions of Haiti has created more proximity between the Caribbean country's government and communities which have engaged in an open dialogue over actions to be taken to meet people's real needs, officials say.

UN mission head in Haiti welcomes political agreement

March 22, 2014
UN mission head in Haiti welcomes political agreement PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- The special representative of the secretary- general of the United Nations in Haiti and diplomats from donor countries welcomed on Thursday the conclusion last week of an agreement that is likely to ease political tensions and facilitate the holding of crucial legislative and local elections.

Commentary: Haiti's problems continue: Claims of sanctioned trade abuse at the border

March 22, 2014
Commentary: Haiti's problems continue: Claims of sanctioned trade abuse at the border Inasmuch as there has been a significant amount of attention placed on the issue of Haitians born in the Dominican Republic being stripped of certain rights by the Dominican Republic, overlooked and may be argued just as perverse is what appears to be systematic and apparently sanctioned trade abuses.

OAS secretary general meets with head of UN mission in Haiti

March 21, 2014
OAS secretary general meets with head of UN mission in Haiti WASHINGTON, USA -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, on Wednesday met with the special representative of the UN Secretary-General and head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Sandra Honoré.

Haiti protagonists clinch historic agreement to end political impasse

March 18, 2014
Haiti protagonists clinch historic agreement to end political impasse PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haitian protagonists from different political sides clinched during the weekend a historical agreement to end a political impasse which had posed a threat to the holding of crucial elections and the Caribbean country's stability. At the end of a series of talks among political actors...

Former Haitian dictator appeals court decision to reopen inquiry

March 17, 2014
Former Haitian dictator appeals court decision to reopen inquiry PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Lawyers for former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier filed on Friday an appeal before Haiti's Supreme Court, seeking to quash a recent Appeal court ruling that ordered the reopening of an investigation into human rights abuses under the Duvalier regime.

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