Haitian Politics

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Uruguayan Peacekeepers to Leave Haiti

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (sentinel.ht) - Uruguay says it will withdraw its troops from the United Nations Mission for Stabilization in Haiti (MINUSTAH) announced its President Jose Mujica on Monday following consultations with Haitian Senator Jean-Charles Moise (Nord/Inite).

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Haiti: Enough Votes to Make a Change at Justice says Wencesclass

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Senator Wencesclass Lambert (Sud-Est/Inite) says there are enough votes in the Senate to relieve Jean Renel Sanon of his duties as Minister of Justice and Public Safety on November 5, 2013 during a confidence hearing.

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Haiti: "Andre Michel is a Fugitive of Justice" says Gov't Comm.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Government Commissioner Francisco Rene on Monday ordered any police officer who encounters the Human Rights Lawyer Andre Michel, who filed criminal complaints against First Lady Sophia Martelly and son Olivier Martelly, to arrest him as he declared him a fugitive of justice.

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James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond Sentenced to Life in Federal Prison

NEW YORK, USA (sentinel.ht/TheSmokingGun.com) - James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond, the rap music manager who also headed a multimillion-dollar cocaine distribution ring, will spend the rest of his life in prison.

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Haiti: Martelly was Warned before Defunct of Court of Auditors

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The President of the Haitian National Assembly wrote a letter to President Michel Martelly warning him that the tenure of the ten (10) justices on the Supreme Court of Auditors and Administrative Disputes would end on the first of October and that his action, in installing the new members, as required by law, was needed. It was a warning disregarded by the National Palace.

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Haiti: How Martelly Destroyed the Court of Auditors

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - It is not by acts of the international community, clandestine agencies or the unwillingness of the general Haitian population that institutions are weakened and destroyed in Haiti. It is, and has been for many decades, by the direct actions of those sitting in the National Palace and their attempts to consolidate and keep power. This is how institutional weakness and destruction occurs in Haiti and why the Government can't serve the people.

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Haiti: Lawyers and Judges on Strike

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Lawyers in the capital city of Port-au-Prince declared a strike on Tuesday, and judges on Wednesday joined in the work stoppage, on-going until the Government Commissioner Francisco Rene and Judge Lemarre Belizaire, both considered to be systematically violating the Constitution on behalf of the Martelly administration are removed.

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Joe Biden Calls Martelly about Elections and Democracy in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - President Michel Martelly received a phone call on Wednesday from U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden where discussions surrounded Haiti's elections, two cycles overdue since November 2011, and the strengthening of democratic institutions, a prime weakness of the Martelly administration.

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Haiti: Andre Michel Taken from Justice to hold Presser in Parliament

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The Human Rights Lawyer Andre Michel was taken from the Government Commissioner's Office to the Parliament on Wednesday by an angry mob and a motorcade of Parliamentarians as he was being questioned by state prosecutor Francesco Rene.

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Book reviews

Haiti Noir

Book Review

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

"Danticat has succeeded in assembling a group portrait of Haitian culture and resilience that is cause for celebration." - Publishers Weekly