Haitian News

Haitians Call For Release Of Migrants Who Survived Capsizing

MIAMI, USA (sentinel.ht/NPR) - A group of Haitian activists, including author Edwidge Danticat, had a message for the U.S. government today: The migrants who survived a capsized boat in the Atlantic have suffered enough, so they should be released.


Haiti Families Call for Compensation after Demolition of Homes

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - More than 30 families on Delmas 33 had their well-standing homes and businesses of more than a decade destroyed on Saturday without any compensation. The now homeless and businessless residents, including families with children say notary public Jean Henry Ceant is holding out money authorized for they are without recourse.


Canadians to Protest at Dominican Consulate in Montreal

MONTREAL, Canada (sentinel.ht) - Joining with the protests registered in Santo Domingo, Port-au-Prince and last week in New York, Canadians in Montreal have announced a protest at the Dominican Republic Consulate General in that city for Wednesday. Organizers of the protest require a retreat of the Dominican Constitutional Court decision of September 23 within a month or a boycott of Dominican products would ensue.


Haiti: Justice Minister is "frankly ridiculous", says Civil Society Leaders

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Prominent leaders in civil society, political and human rights organizations alike found it "frankly ridiculous", the recent press note by Minister of Justice Jean Renel Sanon, which said it had uncovered a plot to kill the popular radio host and journalist, critical to the administration, Jean Monard Metellus.


Haiti: Civil Society Joins in Warning of Impending Political Crisis

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Different personalities representing civil society, religious and professional sectors, through a joint statement, expressed concern Tuesday against what they call "a threat to the Parliament to become inoperative on the second Monday of January 2014."


Haiti: Attempted Murder of Journalist Jean Monard Metellus, Caraïbes

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The Host Journalist of Ranmase, Jean Monard Metellus, heard on Radio Caraibes was the victim of an assassination attempt over the weekend. Nuts to the rear tires of Metelus' vehicle had been removed and nearly caused a fatal accident.


Haiti: "Massive Systematic Violations" of Human Rights by Roro Nelson

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The National Network for the Defense of Human Rights wrote another letter to the President of the Republic of Haiti regarding dubious personalities in his entourage. On Friday, a letter outlining the acts of Presidential Adviser and best friend to Michel Martelly, Ronald "Roro" Nelson, declared him a danger to the public and the administration a proponent of "massive systematic violations" of human rights.


Haitian Diaspora Protest at Dominican Consulate in NY October 17, 2013

BROOKLYN, USA (sentinel.ht) – The Haitian Diaspora for Civic and Human Rights (HDRHR) in coalition with other civic organizations invites countless concerned citizens of all nations, to join the HDCHR on October 17th for a huge protest in front of the Dominican Republic Consulate located at 1501 Broadway Ave, New York, NY. The rally will start at 2 pm until 6pm.


48-Year Old Man Arrested, Caught in Sexual Act with Minor in Car

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Police in Haiti arrested a 48 year old man on Thursday caught in the act of having sex with a 14 year old girl still in her school uniform.


"Elections a la Duvalier," Haitians Reject Unlawful Process

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Although overdue since November 2011, Haitians do not want "elections a la Duvalier." this is the sentiment being expressed by many of the nations political parties after the announcement of a "pre-electoral calendar" by the president of the electoral council, although an electoral law is still in the process of being ratified by Parliament and enacted by the President.


Haiti's Democratic Oppositions Protests at Dominican Embassy in PAP

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The Patriotic Movement of the Democratic Opposition (MOPOD) organized a sit-in Tuesday, October 8 at the Dominican Embassy in Petion-ville and took the opportunity to convey to the Dominican government a petition against the denationalization of Dominicans of Haitian descent.


Haiti certifies 750 new sports and physical education instructors

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - 750 new sports and physical education instructors received their certificates of completion for participating in a 60-hour sports activity training program called Contract for the Future.


Haiti: Elections January 2014, with or without an Electoral Law says Council Prez

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The President of the Electoral Council, Emmanuel Menard, said senatorial and local elections, that were due to be held in November of 2011, will likely be held on January 26, 2014... "with or without the electoral law," that is currently in the Senate.


Haiti: 300 Seen at Health Fair in Grand Goave with First Lady

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - First Lady Sophia Martelly, held a free medical consultation day for the residents of Grand Goave on Saturday where more than 300, including 149 children, received medical attention at no cost.


Haiti: Human Rights Org welcomes Senate Decision to Impeach President

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - On Thursday, the human rights organization, the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights (RNDDH), welcomed the approval by the Senate of a commission report on the death of the Late Honorable Jean Serge Joseph.


Massive Protest for Haiti Cholera Victims at UN General Assembly

NEW YORK, USA (sentinel.ht) - Haitians and citizens of the world will not let the more than 8,300 dead and 670,000 victims of the cholera epidemic in Haiti be forgotten while all the world's nations and press come together for the 68th United Nations General Assembly. By many a diverse group of scientific reports, the cholera outbreak came from UN peacekeepers, but the world organization's leader still continues to deny blame and not rake responsibility.


7 Conditions required of Haiti President by Political Coalition

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The Patriotic Movement for Democratic Opposition (MOPOD), a coalition of several major political parties in Haiti, laid out a set of 7 conditions it expected President Michel Martelly to meet in order to continue dialogue with its members.


Former Petion-Ville, Haiti Police Chief Arrested, Again

LEOGRANE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The former police chief of Petion-ville, Vanel Lacroix, was arrested, again, on Saturday along with two other individuals, a prison escapee and another police officer, after an exchange of gunfire with police officers.


New Case of UN Peacekeeper Rape in Haiti

LEOGANE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - An 18 year old woman, pulled over while traveling on Route National 2, in the town of Leogane, Saturday, was raped and sodomized by a soldier of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti. This is the latest of chronic crimes of sexual violence committed by UN peacekeepers in Haiti.


Haiti Participates in 8th Meeting of the Inter-American Commission of Ports, Cartagena

CARTAGENA, Columbia (sentinel.ht) - The Director General of the National Port Authority participated in the Eighth Meeting of the Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) from September 10 to 13, in Cartagena, Colombia, under the auspices of the Organization of American States (OAS).


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