Haitian Politics

Haiti: Damning indictment from the President of the National Assembly

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The President of the National Assembly, Simon Dieuseul Desras, severely criticized the executive, November 22 at the opening of the second special session of the National Assembly, which will sit on more than a dozen bills, including the electoral law.


Bill Nelson Calls Martelly about Overdue Elections in Haiti

WASHINGTON, D.C. (sentinel.ht/US Senate) - U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) spoke with Haitian President Michel Martelly by phone yesterday about the overdue parliamentary and local elections in Haiti. Here’s what Nelson had to say following the call:


Haiti PM meeting with Facebook, Google, Apple for e-Government Solutions

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - With meetings scheduled with leaders from Facebook, Google, Apple and SalesForce, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe traveled to California on Tuesday with the aim of evaluating the possibilities of instituting technological information systems for better government and services for Haitians.


Dominican Republic ruling is callous and insensitive, says St Lucia PM

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (sentinel.ht) - Saint Lucian Prime Minister Kenny Anthony has joined other regional heads in condemning a recent ruling by the Dominican Republic Constitutional Court that denies citizenship to persons born in the Dominican Republic, many of whom who are of Haitian descent.


"Gouvènman an Lakay Ou" in Milot, Haiti

MILOT, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The third "Gouvènman an Lakay ou", a program that invites particular members of the community to meet with officials of the Martelly/Lamothe administration and hear about the work being done in dialogue, took place Saturday in the northern town of Milot.


Haiti: PM Arrives in Cap-Haitien for "Gouvèman an Lakay ou"

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe arrived in the second city Cap-Haitien on Friday evening for the third 'Gouvèman an Lakay Ou', which will take place in the town of Milot on Saturday.


Haiti: Arrest Warrant against Andre Michel Lifted

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - A week after the Government Commissioner of Port-au-Prince declared him a fugitive of justice, the arrest warrant against the Human Rights Lawyer Andre Michel was lifted by the embattled judge that issued it, Lemarre Belizaire. Yet, opposition members say the battle with the administration continues.


Haiti Deputies to be Called in Extraordinary for Electoral Law

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - After a two-month delay, the National Palace announced on Wednesday that members of the Chamber of Deputies would be convened for an extraordinary session on Friday November 22 to work on the electoral bill for the establishment of senatorial and local elections, overdue in Haiti since November 2011.


St Vincent Prime Minister Calls for Sanctions on Dominican Republic

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago (sentinel.ht) - The Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, has called for the adoption of a series of economic sanctions against the Dominican Republic that would include their suspension from the Petrocaribe program and a denial of their application to join Caricom.


Troubling Situation in Haiti says GA Senator and Human Rights Group

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Georgia State Senator Vincent Fort, at the end of a three-day visit to Haiti with a human rights groups, said he was troubled by what he saw and heard in the country with the threats of individuals rights and the attempts of the Martelly administration to establish an economic and political dictatorship.


Haiti: Lawyers March to Justice Ministry in Strike Week 2

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Dozens of lawyers, members of the Port-au-Prince Bar Association marched on Wednesday through the streets of the capital to demand the removal of Government Commissioner Francisco René from the head of the prosecutor's office and the suspension of Judge Lamarre Belizaire. Lawyers and justices, who have been on strike for two weeks marched from the old courthouse (destroyed by the earthquake of January 12, 2010) to the Ministry of Justice.


Int'l Community Urges Haitian Authorities to End Political Crisis

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Haitian political actors in the Executive and Legislative branches of government were urged to reach a solution for Haiti's priority political issues in a joint statement by the special representatives and ambassadors of Brazil, Canada, the European Union, France, the Organization of American States, Spain, United Nations and the United States.


Haiti Senate to Travel to Uruguay for $3.4 million Investigation

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - A Senate delegation will travel to Uruguay to investigate how a $3.4 million indemnity paid to Haiti went unnannounced and now cannot be accounted for by the Martelly administration announced Senator Westner Polycarpe on Thursday.


Haiti: 70% of Senators Vote No Confidence in Ministers, that Remain

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - More than 2/3s of the Senate voted on Tuesday that they had no-confidence in three ministers of the Martelly administration. Around the world in properly functioning democracies, such a vote would have meant the removal of the administration officials but a combination of elections being 2 years overdue and flawed logic by Senators of the Republic has kept the ministers in their posts.


Haiti: 16 Diplomats, Current and Former, Support Minister Pierre-Richard Casimir

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (sentinel.ht) - 16 former and current members of Haiti's diplomatic missions around the world and diplomatic ministries wrote a letter to the Senate of the Republic in support of maintaining the Minister of Foreign Affairs Pierre Richard Casimir who faces an interpellation hearing along with two other ministers on Tuesday.


Haiti: Three Ministers Face Removal by Senate

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Tuesday, three ministers of the Martelly/Lamothe administration, Minister of Justice, Jean Renel Sanon, Interior, Davide Bazile and Foreign Affairs, Pierre Richard Casimir, will face an interpellation hearing before the Senate of the Republic. A hearing that will end with a vote of confidence which may send away or keep each minister.


Haiti Rejects Ranking on 2013 Global Slavery Index

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The Haitian government rejected the conclusions of the 2013 Global Slavery Index which placed Haiti at second in the world of countries with slavery. The "Walk Free Foundation", responsible for the index, based its findings its understanding of the "system of child labour" called 'restavek' in Haiti.


Haiti: Lawyers Vote to Continue Strike

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - On Thursday, Lawyers in Port-au-Prince voted to continue a strike that judges are also supporting until the removal of Government Commissioner Francisco Rene and sanctions on Judge Lemarre Belizaire; both men regarded as tools for the political persecution of the administration's opponents.


Uruguay says Elections or Withdraw of Peacekeepers in Haiti

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (sentinel.ht) - The idea of United Nations soldiers being used to protect a regime working to end democracy and establish a dictatorship in Haiti is concerning to Uruguayan President Jose Mujica who gave an ultimatum to Haitian authorities on Tuesday: elections in 90 days or a complete withdrawal of his troops.


Black Caucus "Deeply Concerned" about Dominican Tribunal Ruling

WASHINGTON, DC (sentinel.ht) - Members of the Congressional Black Caucus released the following statement regarding ruling TC/0163/13 by the Dominican Constitutional Tribunal. As a result of the ruling, more than 200, 000 Dominican-born people of Haitian descent will be stripped of their Dominican citizenship:


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