News from Haiti:
October 5, 2015
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- On the sidelines of the 70th General Assembly of the United Nations, representatives of the Haitian government and other international partners last week signed an agreement to support reforestation efforts in the impoverished Caribbean country, which has only about...
September 28, 2015
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The chief of the electoral observation mission of the Organization of American States (EOM/OAS) in Haiti, the former foreign minister and minister of defence of Brazil, Celso Amorim, has urged all actors in the electoral process to work together ahead of the upcoming...
September 16, 2015
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- A mission from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) led by Christopher Walker visited Haiti during September 7–11 to review economic developments and hold discussions with the authorities on the 2015–16 budget. The staff team expects to return to Port-au-Prince in November.
September 10, 2015
LAS VEGAS, USA -- Visitors to Sourcing at Magic 2015 were introduced to the unique and creative forms of garments available to them from the Haitian textile and apparel industry when the Center for Facilitation of Investments (CFI) of Haiti and members from the Industry Association of Haiti (ADIH)...
September 8, 2015
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Bonds between the Dominican Republic and Haitian business communities were strengthened when a cooperation agreement between The Federation of Chambers of Commerce of the Dominican Republic (FEDOCAMARAS) and the Chamber of Commerce and...
September 7, 2015
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- On August 28, 2015, in an interview with Haitian newspaper Lenouvelliste, outgoing US ambassador to Haiti, Pamela White, said of the Haitian government, "They (President Martelly and Prime Minister Lamothe) agree that corruption exists at all levels of the society.
September 7, 2015
"They (President Martelly and Prime Minister Lamothe) agree that corruption exists at all levels of the society. You can be in prison and buy your freedom. There is a price for everything here. It is like this, in the public administration, in the political sector, etc.” These are the words of...
September 2, 2015
WASHINGTON, USA -- Chelsea Clinton warned her parents, Bill and Hillary Clinton, that international relief efforts in Haiti were a disaster and that major changes were needed in a memo released on Monday by the US State Department as part of the latest batch of more than 7,000 pages of Hillary Clinton’s emails.
September 1, 2015
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (BGIS) -- Barbados is currently exploring the possibility of creating a cultural agreement with Haiti. This was disclosed by minister of culture, Stephen Lashley, following a meeting with Haitian counterpart, Dithny Joan Raton. Lashley, who was attending CARIFESTA XII in Port-au-Prince...
August 29, 2015
MIAMI, USA -- The centre of Tropical Storm Erika was moving over the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Friday evening and was expected to be near the southeastern Bahamas or eastern Cuba on Saturday. On Thursday Erika dumped some 12 inches of torrential rainfall on Dominica, causing widespread flooding.
August 26, 2015
WASHINGTON, USA -- US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has extended Haiti’s designation for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for an additional 18 months. The extended designation is effective January 23, 2016, through July 22, 2017. Current TPS Haiti beneficiaries seeking to extend...
August 24, 2015
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The twelfth edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA XII) opened on Friday night with exciting performances, speeches and fireworks. The event began with a parade of all the countries represented, dressed in their traditional national dress and arriving in the Haitian...
August 22, 2015
Haiti has conducted this summer of 2015 a huge election process that includes a president, senators, all the legislators all the mayors and all the rural sheriffs; on August 9 for the senators and the legislators and on October 25 for the president, the mayors and the rural counties' sheriffs.
August 19, 2015
In 2013, a Dominican constitutional court ruling stripped the citizenship of children born to Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic as far back as 1929, retroactively leaving tens of thousands without citizenship. A series of legal changes since 2004 eliminated the concept of birthright citizenship.
August 18, 2015
FORT LAUDERDALE, USA -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport arrested a 33-year-old male citizen of Haiti for smuggling nearly 20 pounds of cocaine in the false lining of two suitcases.
August 18, 2015
In February 2014, attorneys for former Saint Lucia housing minister Richard Frederick filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Washington, DC, claiming compensatory and punitive damages of $25 million in relation to the revocation in 2011 of his diplomatic and non-immigrant US visas.
August 17, 2015
There can be few readers that are not at least dimly aware that Hillary Clinton, former US secretary of state and putative Democratic Party 2016 presidential nominee, is currently embroiled in an ongoing controversy over her use of a private email server in an apparent attempt to circumvent...
August 15, 2015
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- At least ten people have been killed and several dozen others wounded in Haiti during violent incidents related to the conduct of Sunday's legislative elections, described as valid by international observers despite the violence, technical problems and irregularities.
August 14, 2015
While you are about to embark on a landmark visit to Cuba on August 14, Reporters Without Borders urges you to put the issues of freedom of the press and freedom of expression at the top of the agenda of your discussions with Cuban authorities. As the first highest level U.S. official...
August 12, 2015
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) that observed the first round of legislative elections in Haiti on Sunday highlighted that, despite some incidents of violence, most polling stations were able to conclude their operations as planned, and characterized...
August 11, 2015
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haitian government officials and election authorities on Sunday expressed satisfaction with the unfolding of a crucial legislative ballot, despite various media reports that stressed a series of violent incidents that caused a number of polling stations to close in a chaotic situation.
August 10, 2015
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Serious technical and logistical problems, still tainting Haiti's electoral process, were likely to create chaos at voting booths during the first round of crucial legislative elections set for Sunday in the impoverished Caribbean country, where several political actors have...
August 8, 2015
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Elections in Haiti kick off on Sunday with the first round of legislative polls to elect 118 deputies and two thirds of the Senate. The presidential polls are expected to follow in October. Welcoming the upcoming elections, United Nations Secretary-General...
August 7, 2015
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The chief of the Organization of American States (OAS) electoral observation mission OAS/EOM to the legislative elections in Haiti to be held on Sunday, has discussed the organization of the process with electoral officials, party representatives and the head of United Nations...
August 7, 2015
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- CARIFESTA, which is the largest cultural and artistic event in the Caribbean, has fused all forms of expression of Latin America and the Caribbean since 1972 and Haiti opens its doors to welcome the Caribbean and the world from August 21 to August 30, 2015.
July 29, 2015
NEW YORK, USA -- United Nations human rights experts on Tuesday called on the government of the Dominican Republic to take steps to prevent arbitrary deportations and to adopt measures to address allegations of racial profiling during deportations of people of Haitian descent.
July 28, 2015
Let me be the first to admit that I am not a baseball fan! The game, save for a few elements, holds very little for me along the lines of “excitement”. Yet, in the same breath, I must say that I am one who proactively recognises “excellence”, irrespective of the arena. In that regard, while visiting my 98-year-old...