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Extradition of Haitian senator was illegal, says former presidential candidate

February 21, 2017
Extradition of Haitian senator was illegal, says former presidential candidate PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- On Friday, at a conference at the State University of Haiti (UEH) on "The 1997 Extradition Treaty between Haiti and the United States in the context of the 1987 Constitution", former presidential candidate and constitutionalist, Mirlande Manigat, told a student audience...

Venezuela takes over from Haiti as the poorest country in the hemisphere

February 20, 2017
Venezuela takes over from Haiti as the poorest country in the hemisphere PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- While Haiti has been regarded for many years as the poorest country in the hemisphere, Venezuela has now taken over this unenviable position. A national survey conducted in Venezuela in 2016 on the living conditions of Venezuelan households confirmed...

Commentary: Oh Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, I cry for thee!

February 18, 2017
Commentary: Oh Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, I cry for thee! My love affair with Trinidad and Tobago dates back a few years when I visited that country for Carnival. I had such a ball so strong and so deep that, upon my return home, I made to God the irreverent prayer to send me to Trinidad upon my demise. The women were all beautiful and glamorous.

Haiti senate president denies complicity in arrest and deportation of fellow senator

February 15, 2017
Haiti senate president denies complicity in arrest and deportation of fellow senator PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Youri Latortue, the president of the Haitian senate, has rejected allegations of his participation in a conspiracy that led to the extradition of fellow senator Guy Philippe, who was arrested on January 5 and deported to the United States to face charges ranging from the...

UN considers change of mandate for peacekeeping mission in Haiti

February 13, 2017
UN considers change of mandate for peacekeeping mission in Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- While the security situation in Haiti is “not perfect”, solid progress has been made over the past few years, the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations said, stressing that the Organization is considering a change in the mandate of the UN stabilization mission.

Commentary: Brazil, like Haiti, is a country not a nation!

February 11, 2017
Commentary: Brazil, like Haiti, is a country not a nation! I wrote a story more than 20 years ago upon visiting Brazil that one should not go to a country just because a plane can take you there. After reading today in the Guardian the story of the state of disrepair of the Olympic venues built at great cost by the Brazilian taxpayer I cannot but renew my...

Haitian government, UN and partners launch two-year plan aimed at saving lives, building resilience

February 9, 2017
Haitian government, UN and partners launch two-year plan aimed at saving lives, building resilience NEW YORK, USA -- The United Nations together with relief organizations in Haiti have launched a two-year, $291 million response plan with the government to reach more than 2.4 million people across the island that was struck by a devastating hurricane last October. “With more than 98 percent...

Commentary: Haiti has at last a constitutionally elected president!

February 9, 2017
Commentary: Haiti has at last a constitutionally elected president! Last year at this time, the New York Times ran an article titled: “Michel Martelly, Haiti’s President, Departs Without a Successor”, it took a full year for the election process to be completed for the inauguration of Jovenel Moise to take place on February 7 at the National Palace. The dauphin chosen by...

Commentary: Three Haitian enterprises to know in 2017 as you build your business portfolio

February 9, 2017
Commentary: Three Haitian enterprises to know in 2017 as you build your business portfolio Is the emerging market on your radar this year? Have you been thinking about expanding your business portfolio? Have you considered doing business in the Caribbean? If you answered yes to at least one of these questions, you might be looking to grow your emerging portfolio, but perhaps...

Haiti's new president sworn-in

February 8, 2017
Haiti's new president sworn-in PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Haiti’s new president, Jovenel Moise, took the oath of office on Tuesday in Port au Prince. The 48-year-old Moise, a banana exporter, had won the first round of voting in October 2015, but the results were annulled and a re-run held in November 2016 in which he won 55 percent...

IMF releases report on Haiti's rapid credit facility

February 7, 2017
IMF releases report on Haiti's rapid credit facility WASHINGTON, USA -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday released the staff report prepared in connection with the approval of the rapid credit facility (RCF) for Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. On November 18, 2016, the Board approved Haiti’s request for a disbursement...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Time to improve the CARICOM-Dominican Republic relationship

February 4, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Time to improve the CARICOM-Dominican Republic relationship In a few days’ time, Jovenel Moïse will become Haiti’s 42nd president. His swearing in follows his first-round victory in the country’s November 20 election. A businessman from northern Haiti who has never held political office, Haiti’s president-to-be has said that amongst his first priorities...

Commentary: Haiti's fateful number sixty!

February 4, 2017
Commentary: Haiti's fateful number sixty! Haiti this year on September 22, 2017, will register 60 years of descent into an abyss without so far, reaching a plateau. It has a population at 60 percent under the age of 25 years old facing the prospect of inadequate education and formation that will lead inevitably into further misery in the future.

OAS observes conclusion of electoral cycle in Haiti

February 2, 2017
OAS observes conclusion of electoral cycle in Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The electoral observation mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) to the legislative and local elections in Haiti has commended the country on the organization of a very complex election, but expressed concern over low turnout, particularly in urban areas.

Two more Haitian migrant vessels intercepted in Turks and Caicos

January 31, 2017
Two more Haitian migrant vessels intercepted in Turks and Caicos PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- As police and immigration officials in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) continue to search for bodies that may still be in the waters of the North West Point area of Providenciales from an illegal Haitian migrant vessel that capsized last Tuesday, two more illegal Haitian vessels...

Four vessels with 126 undocumented migrants intercepted off Puerto Rico

January 27, 2017
Four vessels with 126 undocumented migrants intercepted off Puerto Rico AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), US Coast Guard and the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD), working under the Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG), have intercepted 126 undocumented migrants from the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Haiti.

Twelve Haitian migrants found dead in the Turks and Caicos Islands

January 26, 2017
Twelve Haitian migrants found dead in the Turks and Caicos Islands PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- On Tuesday, the bodies of twelve Haitian migrants were found in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), where the search for survivors and other possible victims was expected to resume on Wednesday. Police found at least five of the bodies ashore after...

Applications open for Caribbean youth entrepreneurship tech incubation programme

January 25, 2017
Applications open for Caribbean youth entrepreneurship tech incubation programme BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- A technology incubation programme that provides business support services for young entrepreneurs in Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and Haiti is open for applications. The Caribbean Tech Entrepreneurship Programme (CTEP) is an initiative of the...

Commentary: Gros Morne, Haiti, the capital of the forbidden fruit: The Francis mango

January 24, 2017
Commentary: Gros Morne, Haiti, the capital of the forbidden fruit: The Francis mango On February 2, the city of Gros Morne in Haiti celebrates the fiesta of its patron saint, Mary, Notre Dame de la Chandeleur (Our Lady of Candlemas), I visited the city for the fiesta; it is an experience worth enjoying in spite of the chaotic road that leads to the city, which is in the most charitable...

Three months after Hurricane Matthew, 1.5 million Haitians face hunger

January 20, 2017
Three months after Hurricane Matthew, 1.5 million Haitians face hunger PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- While the number of Haitians facing hunger in areas hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew has declined steadily in the three months since the deadly storm ripped through the tiny island nation, more than 1.5 million people nevertheless remain food insecure.

Seven years after devastating earthquake, 47,000 people still live in camps in Haiti

January 19, 2017
Seven years after devastating earthquake, 47,000 people still live in camps in Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Following the earthquake in January 2010, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) undertook the implementation of a monitoring system of displaced persons in camps in Haiti, named the displacement tracking matrix (DTM), in partnership with...

Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Ban Ki-moon's 'principled pragmatism' at UN failed Haiti's cholera victims badly!

January 19, 2017
Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Ban Ki-moon's 'principled pragmatism' at UN failed Haiti's cholera victims badly! Now that Ban Ki-moon is no longer UN Secretary General, the former South Korean foreign minister is widely seen in Seoul as having both eyes clearly set on becoming his homeland’s next president. When he actually throws his hat into the presidential election ring is regarded as a mere formality...

Colombia expels more than 20,000 Haitians in 2016

January 17, 2017
Colombia expels more than 20,000 Haitians in 2016 PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- On Sunday, authorities in Colombia revealed that, during 2016, they had expelled from their country nearly 34,000 illegal migrants, including: 20,366 Haitians, 8,167 Cubans, 874 Indians, 570 Congolese and 553 Nepalese, HaitiLibre reported. Foreign migrants were...

Extradited Haitian senator pleads not guilty to US federal charges

January 14, 2017
Extradited Haitian senator pleads not guilty to US federal charges MIAMI, USA -- On Friday morning, the elected Haitian senator, Guy Philippe, who was arrested on January 5 and deported to the United States, appeared in Miami federal court for the arraignment hearing on charges ranging from the importation of narcotics to money laundering.

Doubt raised in Haiti over legality of extradition of elected senator

January 13, 2017
Doubt raised in Haiti over legality of extradition of elected senator PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Doubt has been raised in Haiti over the legality of the extradition of elected senator Guy Philippe on January 5, with many referring to the agreement signed on October 17, 1997 between US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and President René Préval...

Americans attacked in violent reprisals in Haiti following extradition of elected senator

January 12, 2017
Americans attacked in violent reprisals in Haiti following extradition of elected senator PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Missionaries and foreign workers, mostly American, from an orphanage in southern Haiti, were attacked by unidentified individuals, supporters of elected Senator Guy Phillipe, who was arrested and extradited to the United States on January 5 to face US federal...

Extradited Haitian senator charged with drug trafficking and money laundering

January 9, 2017
Extradited Haitian senator charged with drug trafficking and money laundering MIAMI, USA -- The US Attorney's Office in the Southern District of Florida has released details of the charges against newly elected Haitian senator Guy Philippe, who was arrested on Thursday afternoon in Port au Prince and deported to the United States the same day, before he was sworn in...

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