Haitian News

Haiti: Unknown gunmen attack home of Jean Renel Senatus, Fmr Gov't Comm

TABARRE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The home of the former Government Commissioner of Port-au-Prince, Jean Renel Senatus, affectionately known as "Commissioner Zokiki", was attacked early Friday morning by unknown gunmen who fired several shots at the home and killed three of his guard dogs most likely by poisoning.

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Haiti: Businessman Daniel Evinx Close to Presidency Arrested for Drug Trafficking

LES CAYES, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Businessman Daniel Evinx, a 2010 Digicel Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, hotelier, considered the representative of the Presidency in Aux Cayes, became the latest "close" friend of President Michel Martelly to be arrested for trafficking and possessing drugs. Evinx and another individual were arrested after retrieving 23 kilos of marijuana off the southern coast of Haiti.

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In Jacmel, Haiti demonstrations held against rising cost of living

JACMEL, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Protesters demonstrated in the streets of Jacmel on Monday against the rising cost of living and prices of basic necessities.

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Haiti Protesters call for departure of President and overdue elections

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Protesters took to the streets of the Haitian capital on Wednesday to protest against hunger and economic difficulties and for the departure of the President of the Republic while complaining about the slow pace of the process to hold elections for senators and more than 100 local officials overdue since November 2011.

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Multiplication of Organizations Calling for Departure of Haiti President

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - 11 political parties, 8 community organizations and 4 platforms announced general anti-government mobilizations even to the departure of President Michel Martelly.

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Photographer following Haiti President shot, accidentally

DAME-MARIE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - A photographer for the Presidency traveling with the Presidential motorcade Sunday is in critical condition after being shot, the National Palace says, by accident.

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AP and RFI journalists banned from Haiti National Palace

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Journalists working for U.S. and French news agencies appeared on a list released Wednesday of persons banned from entering the National Palace.

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Petition: UN, Haiti Gov't seek to destroy memorial to victims of blue helmets

PORT SALUT, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - In a petition, a group of citizens are denouncing the intention of the United Nations peacekeeping mission and Haitian Government to destroy a memorial called Place Résistance, dedicated to the victims of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).

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Haiti installs two institutions for Social Security and Worker Protection

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Two institutions in the management of workers insurance and wage protection, the Superior Council of Salaries (CSS) and the Administrative Council of Social Security Departments (CAOSS) were inaugurated on Thursday during a ceremony at the National Palace.

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Haiti: Commission on UN Convention on Corruption established

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - A committee to investigate Haiti's implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption was presented Tuesday in Petion-Ville by a joint initiative from Prime Minister's office, the Ministry of Economy and Finance and the Control Unit against Corruption (ULCC).

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Haiti PM Lamothe visits the Urban Renewal Project of Cité Maria

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - After walking through the tight alley ways of Cité Maria, a hillside - for lack of a better word - ghetto located in the Canapé Vert district of Port-au-Prince, near the top of this neighborhood of homes stacked on top of homes, one would be surprised to find a state of the art computer lab, with printer and cable television for residents to use. This was a part of the urban renewal project visited by Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe on Saturday where other aspects of the development were launched and showcased.

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Haiti's project to tame the powerful River Grise

CROIX-DES-BOUQUETS, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - In order to understand the powerful force of Riviere Grise you have to watch this video of a year ago this week during the passage of Tropical Storm Isaac. This became a river that swelled to take away more than one hundred homes and dozens of people with it. But that's just half of the problem.

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Two day Health Clinic during Saint Celebrations in Petit Goave, Haiti

PETIT GOAVE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Revelers, citizens, all in Petit Goave during the Fete Patronale of the Commune last week benefited by two days of free medical consultations and care due to the continuing initiative by the First Lady of the Republic.

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Haiti: Mob attack gay couple engagement party

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) — Police say two men were arrested after joining a mob in attacking an engagement ceremony of a British Red Cross Mission Chief and his Haitian gay partner. Human rights groups say 47 homosexuals in Haiti were assaulted in the span of one week for their orientation.

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Haiti: Thousands takes streets in anti-government protest

CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Thousands took to the streets of Okap on Wednesday to manifest their opposition to the policies of the President of the Republic.

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Haiti: More political parties announce absence for election meeting with President

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - More major political parties joined together to not participate in an August 14, 2013 meeting called by the President of the Republic to discuss elections.

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Haiti: President meeting on elections snubbed by political coalition, MOPOD

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Considering a series of offenses endured, the Patriotic Democratic Movement (MOPOD), a coalition consisting of several major political parties in Haiti, on Tuesday declared it would not participate in the meeting of August 14, 2013 at the Karibe Convention Center organized the President of the Republic.

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Haiti: President points for election process rejected by Electoral Official

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The meeting Friday at the National Palace convened only 7 of Haiti's 9 electoral councilors and had in attendance a representative from the United Nations peacekeeping mission, facts not conveyed in a National Palace statement regarding the event.

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Montreal: 23-Year Old Man Drowns in Public Pool

RIVIERES-DES-PRAIRIES, Canada (defend.ht) - In the early morning of Wednesday, August 7th in the public pool of Alexis-Carrel park in Rivières-des-Prairies in Montreal, a young man of 23 years old named Jerry Paul Tillus drowned.

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World Orgs statement on "harassment" of Haitian Human Rights Lawyer Andre Michel

GENEVA, Switzerland (defend.ht) - A group of international and national organizations defending human rights released a joint statement on Tuesday decrying the actions of Judge Lemarre Belizaire who they estimate is persecuting human rights lawyer Andre Michel for his pursuance of corruption allegations against the Administration.

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The anthology edited by Edwidge Danticat puts a uniquely Haitian spin on the crime genre

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