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UN experts warn against deportations of people of Haitian descent from Dominican Republic

July 29, 2015
UN experts warn against deportations of people of Haitian descent from Dominican Republic 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.

Commentary: Pedro Martinez - the opportune stage to make a statement for humanity, that wasn't

July 28, 2015
Commentary: Pedro Martinez - the opportune stage to make a statement for humanity, that wasn't 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...

Haiti president calls for tougher action against corruption

July 25, 2015
Haiti president calls for tougher action against corruption PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haitian President Michel Martelly has instructed anti-corruption authorities to apply a "zero tolerance" policy against corrupt government functionaries and other people involved in financial crimes and other acts of corruption  in the impoverished Caribbean country.

Commentary: Haiti scrambles to prepare for electoral contest

July 22, 2015
Commentary: Haiti scrambles to prepare for electoral contest After years of delays and political deadlock, Haiti is finally preparing to hold its long-overdue general elections, leaving international observers to breathe a sigh of relief. But within the small Caribbean nation’s borders, the atmosphere is one of heavy skepticism.  Years of brutal dictatorship and multiple...

Commentary: Self-sufficiency - the key to Haiti's future

July 21, 2015
Commentary: Self-sufficiency - the key to Haiti's future If the cavern-like walls of the Sodeth Clinique Hospitaliere on Rue Tamarin, situated in Croix-des-Bouquets in the outskirts of Port au Prince, could talk, they would surely scream.  With over 250,000 consultations per year since the 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook our nation to its foundations...

CDB approves US$2.37 million in grant assistance for Haiti catastrophe risk insurance

July 18, 2015
CDB approves US$2.37 million in grant assistance for Haiti catastrophe risk insurance BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The board of directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved grant assistance of US$2,377,250 to the government of Haiti to meet the country’s insurance premium for coverage provided by the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility.

With Haiti 'back on its feet', upcoming elections will be critical for future stability, say UN officials

July 17, 2015
With Haiti 'back on its feet', upcoming elections will be critical for future stability, say UN officials NEW YORK, USA -- Haiti’s imminent elections will look to inaugurate a new period of transparency, democracy and development long yearned for by its citizens, senior United Nations officials told a gathering of the county’s partners during a key meeting held on Thursday at UN Headquarters.

Petition to President Martelly and Prime Minister Evans Paul

July 14, 2015
We, intellectuals, professionals, artists, artisans, Haitians living abroad, farmers, citizens, present our congratulations for the strong statements that you recently made about the deportation of our Haitian and Dominican brothers of the Dominican Republic. It was not too soon!

OAS deploys mission to assess situation of Haitian migrants in Dominican Republic

July 10, 2015
OAS deploys mission to assess situation of Haitian migrants in Dominican Republic SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- The Organization of American States (OAS) on Thursday sent a special mission to the Dominican Republic and Haiti in order to gather information on the situation of Haitian migrants in the field and, following its analysis, to prepare a report for the secretary general.

South African minister arrives in Haiti following visit to Suriname

July 7, 2015
South African minister arrives in Haiti following visit to Suriname PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Luwellyn Landers, South Africa’s deputy minister of international relations and cooperation, arrived in Haiti on Monday after concluding a successful visit to Suriname. While in Suriname, Landers held bilateral discussion with the minister of foreign affairs, Winston Lackin.

Amnesty International calls for further action to protect Dominicans of foreign descent

July 6, 2015
Amnesty International calls for further action to protect Dominicans of foreign descent SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Amnesty International carried out a visit to the Dominican Republic from 14 to 27 June 2015, with the aim of assessing the situation of people who were deprived of their Dominican nationality by the ruling 168-13 of the Constitutional Court. The visit also aimed...

A vital reference tool that educates about Haiti

July 6, 2015
A vital reference tool that educates about Haiti MAITLAND, USA -- J.R. Gelin’s new book, Haiti Once Again, ($11.99, paperback, 9781622300327) serves to present, discuss, and promote Haiti using concepts and ideas from historical research, biblical theology, and contemporary science. The text offers an analysis of relevant points in the country’s...

Letter: Let's raise our voices against this despicable crime taking place in our backyard

July 6, 2015
Letter: Let's raise our voices against this despicable crime taking place in our backyard In October of 1937 Dominican Republic President Rafael Trujillo ordered the massacre of an estimated 30,000 Haitians living in communities within the Dominican Republic near the border that separates the two nations. For approximately five days, from 2 October 1937 to 8 October 1937, Dominican troops...

Haiti's first Panamax port officially opens

July 4, 2015
Haiti's first Panamax port officially opens PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- GB Group, a diversified group of industrial and trading companies, has announced with an inauguration event that Port Lafito, a world-class modern container port in Haiti, is open and operational. Port Lafito is Haiti’s first Panamax port with state of the art equipment.

Cholera eradication in Haiti will take some years, says outgoing UN coordinator

July 1, 2015
Cholera eradication in Haiti will take some years, says outgoing UN coordinator PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- While some 16,000 new cases of cholera have been reported in Haiti so far this year, the disease is now under control but it will not be eradicated unless improving water and sanitation conditions are given a higher priority by both the government and donors, says the outgoing...

IDB provides $15 million grant for artisan fishing in Haiti

July 1, 2015
IDB provides $15 million grant for artisan fishing in Haiti WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $15 million grant for a sustainable artisan-fishing development project in southern Haiti. Fishing is a key socioeconomic sector in Haiti, generating some 77,000 full-time jobs (52,000 direct and 25,000 indirect positions).

South African minister begins five-nation Caribbean tour

July 1, 2015
South African minister begins five-nation Caribbean tour PRETORIA, South Africa -- South Africa's deputy minister of international relations and cooperation, Luwellyn Landers, began a high level official visit to five Caribbean nations on Monday. The visit will underscore the cordial relations South Africa enjoys with the governments and people of Guyana...

Visiting yachtswoman attacked and robbed while anchored off Haiti

June 29, 2015
Visiting yachtswoman attacked and robbed while anchored off Haiti PETIT PARADISE, Haiti -- An experienced and well traveled female single hander, Sigrid, was anchored offshore Petit Paradise, Haiti, for about a week, and had been befriended by the locals. On May 11, she had just gone to sleep at around 9 pm when she was boarded, viciously attacked, and robbed.

Joint programme launched to end orphanage 'care' in Haiti

June 29, 2015
Joint programme launched to end orphanage 'care' in Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Port Au Prince, Haiti, on Friday played host to a ground-breaking gathering of policymakers, major donors and international NGOs working to transform the lives of tens of thousands of Haiti's children living away from families in orphanages and institutions.

UN urges that deportations do not result in statelessness of people born in Dominican Republic

June 27, 2015
UN urges that deportations do not result in statelessness of people born in Dominican Republic PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Amid ongoing concern about the status of thousands of immigrants living in the Dominican Republic, Sandra Honoré, the special representative for Haiti of the United Nations secretary general, said that deportations carried out by Santo Domingo authorities should not...

US Coast Guard repatriates Cuban and Haitian migrants

June 27, 2015
US Coast Guard repatriates Cuban and Haitian migrants MIAMI, USA -- Crewmembers aboard the US Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr. repatriated 55 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, on Thursday and the crew of the Cutter William Trump repatriated 18 Haitian migrants to Cap Haitian, Haiti, also on Thursday. These repatriations are the result...

Commentary: UN peacekeepers preying on helpless Haitians? Yes

June 26, 2015
Commentary: UN peacekeepers preying on helpless Haitians? Yes There have been many reports over the years on peacekeepers standing by and watching warring factions kill each other – as they did, to the UN’s eternal shame, in Rwanda. There have not been nearly as many reports, however, on peacekeepers exacerbating the scourge of civil strife by preying on people...

Letter: People of SVG, say NO to the Dominican Republic participation in Miss Carival 2015

June 26, 2015
Letter: People of SVG, say NO to the Dominican Republic participation in Miss Carival 2015 I am making an appeal to prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves to withdraw the invitation from the Dominican Republic contestant, Ms Lesley Bell Troncoso Rijo, who is slated to participate in the Miss Carival competition to be held in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

IDB inaugurates new Haiti country office on site of previous headquarters

June 24, 2015
IDB inaugurates new Haiti country office on site of previous headquarters PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has inaugurated a new country office building in Haiti on the site of its previous headquarters, which was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. More than 200 guests attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony, led by IDB president...

Joint effort creates first ever Kreyol alphabet, songs and videos

June 24, 2015
Joint effort creates first ever Kreyol alphabet, songs and videos TARPON SPRINGS, USA -- The first ever Kreyòl (Haitian Creole) alphabet songs as educational videos have been created and made available online. The groundbreaking project is the result of collaboration between Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) linguistics professor Michel DeGraff and...

Letter: What about the infamous 'Guyanese bench'?

June 24, 2015
Letter: What about the infamous 'Guyanese bench'? I wish to commend the Barbados Today for the editorial published on June 20, 2015, titled “Haitians merit justice like everyone else”. While reading this piece, I was immersed in joy with a little bit of reservation that the fourth estate is once again putting itself ahead of the snail-paced and, often times...

Open Letter to Haitian President Michel Martelly

June 22, 2015
It is with deep concern and sincere admiration of your leadership that I write this letter to you. With hopes that this will somehow reach you in the midst of this crisis that our people is in. I am simply baffled at the little effort that you and our government have put towards aiding our people...

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