Haitian News

FOPARK sends warning to vandals for May 14

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The spokesman for the Patriotic Force for the Respect of the Constitution (FOPARK) warned citizens of vandals who may infiltrate its protests on May 14, 2014.

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Haiti: Political parties reject partial for Constitutional electoral council

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Haiti’s political parties, from opponents to moderates, have unanimously rejected the formation of the partial “Provisional Electoral Council”, which took place Monday under the assistance of a “Core Group” of the international community. The political parties responded in a joint statement calling for the establishment of a Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) in the manner described in the Haitian Constitution.

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Haiti: Electoral crisis deepens with partial council installation

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - A partial “Provisional Electoral Council” was installed on Monday at the Court of Cassation, in a ceremony presided by the defacto minister of justice, Jean Renel Sanon, and attended, notably, by a sector of representatives from the international community referring to themselves as the “Core Group”.

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Haiti: President Party begins campaigning ahead of electoral calendar

CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - President Michel Martelly participated in the launch of his Haitian Tet Kale Party's (PHTK) campaigning Sunday, before an electoral council-established electoral calendar had been published to open campaigning for all parties.

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Immortal Dany Laferrière assaulted, mugged during Haiti visit

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - World renowned Haitian author, Dany Laferrière, declared an "immortal" in the francophone world as a member of the l'Académie française, was assaulted and mugged by unidentified individuals, Thursday, while in Haiti to attend several events.

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Former Dictator Duvalier makes untimely visit to congregational school

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Former Dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, supposedly on house arrest but regularly seen roaming throughout the Haitian territory, emerged at a congregational school, Friday, unannounced.

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Only 7 of 9 sworn in to Haiti electoral council

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - On Friday, only seven of the nine members decreed into the "Provisional Electoral Council" were sworn into their seats, even after the ceremony had been postponed for lack of participation. The incident is the latest sign of haste by an international community desperately seeking elections that most in the political class are resisting, liking them to those which were held during the Duvalier dictatorship.

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Teachers temporarily end strike for students and examinations

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Teachers' unions across the country announced Thursday an end to their strike to return to their classes and students, not because their demands for back pay, base salary and improved working conditions were met. Union leaders said because with one month left in a school year, already shortened by one month for the past three years because of the administration's decision to postpone the opening of classes, students would be left in a difficult situation as year-end exams approach.

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Kiskeya: 20 years bravely defending freedom, democracy in Haiti

ORLANDO, USA (sentinel.ht) - To exist for 20 years in Haiti as a private, or even a public, entity is a remarkable feat in itself. Today, Radio Kiskeya is celebrating its 20th anniversary as a media agency for news, culture, history, enlightening debate and commentary.

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Teachers' strike brings thousands of students to protest

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Numbering in the thousands, students took to the streets of Port-au-Prince, Monday, to demand the presence of their teachers, currently on strike, while criticizing the Universal Free and Compulsory Education Program (PSUGO) of the Martelly administration with chants that it is only "demagoguery".

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Intensification of Anti-government Movements, Spring 2014

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Operation ChoChoNet, as it is called by opposition groups, was given notice by foreign journalists, mainly from Asia and Latin America, who noted an intensification of anti-government protests that spanned several sectors and regions of Haiti over the past week.

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Teachers resume strike after Administration defaults on agreement

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Teachers across Haiti's ten departments resumed their work stoppage on Monday, saying the government did not honor an accord signed in January that temporarily returned the educators to their classrooms. In this first week back on strike, protests ensued as students were returned to their homes while some took to the streets.

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Duvalier launches political party for tentative elections

JACMEL, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The former President for Life Jean Claude Duvalier is expected to establish, along with former members of his regime, the National Unity Party, a political party that will compete at all levels in the tentative elections.

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Amnesty International notes threats to Human Rights Activist's life

LONDON, United Kingdom (sentinel.ht) - Leading human rights activist, Pierre Esperance, has been threatened for his work bringing Amnesty International to take notice on Tuesday.

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Actor Jimmy Jean Louis' father shot dead

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Actor Jimmy Jean-Louis is going through a difficult time in his life after his 78-year old father was shot dead by unidentified assailants while at a store in Torcelle, Haiti.

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Dictatorship-era law draws fury of press freedom advocates

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - A press note sent out by the country's communications regulatory commission announced the Haitian government would be applying a 1977 law that gives the regulator right to unilaterally sanction and revoke licenses, particularly of radio stations, if it deems news broadcast included false information.

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Investigation continues in death of woman and 2 children in apartment fire

ORLANDO, USA (sentinel.ht) - Two children and a woman were found dead inside an apartment in Orlando, Florida, Tuesday following a fire of an unknown cause.

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Community chides Sheriff Demings distraction of police missteps

ORLANDO, USA (sentinel.ht) - Family members of Carline Brumaire-Jean and members of the Haitian community say Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings is distracting the public from the missteps of law enforcement when he describes Brumaire-Jean and her supposed-husband as being involved in a "fraudulent scam" to get her into the United States.

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Police received 911 call reporting car was sinking in pond

ORLANDO, USA (sentinel.ht) - A woman leaving the Universal Orlando Resort called 911 and reported seeing a car sinking in a pond the day Carline Brumaire-Jean went missing, whose car and body were not found for more than three weeks later.

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Sources: Presidential Family mourning after loss of close cousin

GONAIVES, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The presidential family is grieving Tuesday after the passing of a cousin of the Head of State at the National Carnival in Gonaives.

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