Haitian Politics

DR Police obstructing Human Rights hearings says religious group

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (sentinel.ht/7Dias) - Police in the Dominican Republic, on Thursday, prevented Dominicans with Haitian origin from entering the premises where officials from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) were receiving complaints and reports were launched that the sugarcane district was closed and workers prevented from entering where IACHR officials were hearing cases, denounced the Centro Bono.

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World Bank concerned over Haiti Petrocaribe management

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The World Bank gave expressed concern about the Haitian government's management of money loaned from the Petrocaribe agreement with Venezuela.

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Haiti: Law for overdue elections awaits enactment by President

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The electoral law for the senatorial and local elections, overdue since November 2011, arrived at the National Palace on Wednesday and only need to be enacted by the President in order to set Haiti's next elections in motion.

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Corruption remains steady in Haiti says Leading Senator

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Corruption in Haiti remained steady and the improvement in ranking from 165 to 163 (in a field of 177 countries) in the Transparency International index is due to the absence of countries from the list, said Senator Andris Riche, who pointed out that the drop in ranking from 145 to 175 (in a field of 186 countries) in the index in 2011 is far from being recovered.

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Inter-American Human Rights Hears Complaints in Dominican Republic

DAJABON, Dominican Republic (sentinel.ht) - The delegation of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) traveled villages of the three regions of the Dominican Republic to collect complaints about violations of the human rights of undocumented immigrants.

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Haiti Improves Two Rankings on Corruptions Index

BERLIN, Germany (sentinel.ht) - Haiti improved two places in the fight against corruption in the past year according to Transparency Intenrational's annual Perception of Corruption Index.

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Haiti: National Assembly President defends letter to Chile

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - National Assembly President Simon Desras defended his letter to his Chilean counterpart requesting that their army contingent based in Haiti fight on the side of the people and not the President of the Republic if in the case. In fact, Desras said he had sent similar letters to several other nations with forces in Haiti.

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Haiti: Reactions to Family Lavalas Ousting of Moise and Belizaire

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Senator Jean-Charles Moise seemed to disregard the press note from the Fanmi Lavalas National Coordinator Maryse Narcisse and executive committee and said the party's executive leadership has neither the political power or morality to take the initiative to throw him out of a party, of which he says he was elected Mayor of Milot for two terms in. Different groups within Lavalas expressed their support for the senator and deputy over the party's leadership.

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Haiti: Presidential Couple Celebrate World AIDS Day

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The newly renovated St Therese Park in Pétion-Ville hosted the awareness events for World AIDS Day under the theme "AIDS, mwen pap pran, mwen pap bay" (I won't get, I won't give).

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"It is sad, and a shame," former Dominican President Mejía

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (sentinel.ht) - "It is sad and a shame" former Dominican President Hipólito Mejía said of the Constitutional Tribunal's (TC) judgment 0168-13. Mejía went on to say that the decision had placed his country in a very difficult situation in the world.

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Haiti Senate President Asks Chile Troops to Defy Haiti President

SANTIAGO, Chile (sentinel.ht) - Chile's National Assembly will meet in a special session on Tuesday to discuss the warning of the President of the Haitian National Assembly, Simon Dieuseul Desras, of an impending institutional conflict in Haiti and requesting that Chilean soldiers defend the 'people' and defy President Michel Martelly.

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Dominican President meets with Defense Chiefs on Haiti

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (sentinel.ht) - Dominican President Danilo Medina met, on Thursday at the Dominican National Palace, senior defense, enforcement and security officials, officers of the army, police and officials charged with protecting national security and the border for talks, particularly on the matter of Haiti.

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Haiti Remembers Election Day Massacre of November 29, 1987

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - President Michel Martelly sat with personalities who lived the tragic events of November 29, 1987 when voters on Ruelle Vaillant were shot dead in the first post-dictatorial elections in Haiti. At the site of the massacre, opposition leaders held a rally and placed a bouquet of flowers where the victims died.

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Haiti President Speech on Dominican Republic to Caricom

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago (sentinel.ht) - The Haitian Government made its strongest declarations to date regarding the Dominican Republic's Constitutional Tribunal ruling calling it a shame and condemning it for violating rights.

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Lamothe holds meetings with civil society of Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe had a meeting with the National Confederation of Haitian Vodou on Wednesday as part of a series of meetings with various organizations of civil society.

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Haiti: PM Lamothe Visits Local Production Projects in Saint Marc

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe visited Saint Marc on Wednesday where he evaluated the administration's support of local food and energy production.

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Haitian Government Assisting Dominican Repatriation

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The Haitian Government announced it would increase its efforts to provide support for Haitian citizens being repatriated massively from the outbreak of violence in the Dominican Republic.

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Haiti: Parliament Ratifies Law for Overdue Elections

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - An electoral law was ratified by Parliament on Wednesday and sent to the National Palace to be enacted and allow for the organization of senatorial and local elections, overdue since November 2011, to be held.

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Haiti: Gov't Commissioner Revoked, Lawyers End Strike

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The Ministry of Justice and Public Security removed Government Commissioner Francisco Rene and the Bar Association of Port-au-Prince announced an end to their strike in its fourth week.

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Dominican Republic breaks off talks with Haiti

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (sentinel.ht) - The Dominican Republic broke off talks with Haiti on Wednesday and recalled its ambassador for consultations. The decision seems to follow the condemnation by Caricom and suspension of the D.R. bid for membership.

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