Haitian Politics

Haiti: Senate Calls Emergency Session on Arrest of Andre Michel

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Following the arrest of the Human Rights Lawyer Andre Michel, the President of the Senate, Simon Desras, called for Wednesday morning an emergency session of the Grand Body where lawmakers of the Upper House will set their position on the Tuesday evening arrest of the lawyer.

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Haiti: Protests Abound after Arrest of Human Rights Lawyer Andre Michel

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Disorder is prevailing as a crowd has amassed in the streets of Port-au-Prince after police conducted on Tuesday evening the arrest of the Human Rights Lawyer André Michel, who has pursuing a corruption suit against First Lady Sophia Martelly and her son Olivier.

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Haiti: Immigration Director flees with $3 million [US] says Senator

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The Director of Immigration Service, Claude Raymond Jr, fled Haiti with $3 million[US] according to the Chairman of the Senate Interior Committee, Francois Anick Joseph. Appointed by President Michel Martelly in 2011, Raymond Jr is suspected to have fled to a country in the region that supports international terrorism.

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Caricom "deeply concerned" about Dominican Republic Constitutional Court ruling

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (sentinel.ht) - Regional organization, the Caribbean Community (Caricom), said it was "deeply concerned" by the ruling of the Dominican Republic Constitutional Court on September 23 that it considers a "violation of international human rights obligations." Caricom has called on the D.R. to "adapt its immigration laws and practices in accordance with the provisions of the American Convention on Human Rights."

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Plot to Murder Famous Journalist says Haiti Justice Minister

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Minister of Justice, Jean Renel Sanon, released a press note declaring he had information about a plot to murder journalist Jean Monard Metellus of Radio Caraibes.

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Haiti: President and PM discourses on October 17, 2013

DESSALINES, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The President of the Republic and Prime Minister both delivered separate discourses on the 207th anniversary of the death of Haiti's First Head of State, Jean-Jacques Dessalines. For Michel Martelly, it was in a closed and controlled environment in the town of Dessaline's birth in Grande Riviere du Nord and for Laurent Lamothe, it was before a crowd at the former Haitian Capital of Dessalines, where the Emporer reigned.

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Haiti: National Palace and Parliament Agree to Terms for Discussions

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - President Michel Martelly and the Presidents of both houses of the Parliament, Senator Simon Dieuseul Desras and Deputy Jean Tholbert Alexis, met Monday with the intermediary, Religions for Peace, in hopes of averting incalculable consequences by ending the electoral crisis.

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Haiti: National Palace informs of First Son's Wedding

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The National Palace on Saturday said it was pleased to inform the public of the wedding of the eldest son of the Presidential Couple. Michel-Olivier Martelly and Miss Bianka Joseph.

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Haiti: Judiciary Council will Report on Death of Judge

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Several members of the Supreme Council of the Judiciary (CSPJ) are working on a report into the suspicious death of Judge Jean Serge Joseph announced Councilor Dilia Lemaire, despite obstruction by the President of the CSPJ, Anel Joseph Alexis.

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France: Gay Couples Cannot Adopt Children from Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Orphaned children in Haiti cannot be adopted by married couples of the same-sex, the French Ambassador to Haiti this week told many of the new couples married since France passed its marriage for all law; Haitian law does not recognize such unions.

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Haiti Minority Deputies Urge Resolution from Dominican Counterparts

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Deputies of the minority group Parliamentarians for Institutional Reinforcement wrote a letter to their counterparts in the Dominican Republic to ask that they take a resolution interpreting the Constitutional Court's order and understanding of nationality differently then its September 26, 2013 ruling.

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UN Security Council Unanimously Extends Haiti Peacekeeping Mission

NEW YORK, USA (sentinel.ht) - Even as a lawsuit against United Nations peacekeepers makes its way through the judicial process, the UN Security Council on Thursday voted unanimously to extend the peacekeeping mission in Haiti until October 2014 officially marking the presence of the foreign force for 10 years in Haiti since 2004.

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Dominican Pres Promises Resolution after Court Order

COTUI, Dominican Republic (sentinel.ht) - Even the Dominican President Danilo Medina appears preoccupied the Constitutional Court decision removing citizenship from hundreds of thousands, most of whom are descendants of Haitians.

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U.S. threatens to cut Haiti aid over delayed elections

WASHINGTON, D.C. (sentinel.ht) - U.S. lawmakers threatened to cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Haiti if the country fails to hold elections that were due to be held in November 2011. The Hill reported that "lawmakers of both parties are increasingly worried about President Michel Martelly's democratic credentials and used a House hearing on US aid to send him a clear message."

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NBC: Lawsuit against UN Alleges Cover Up of Role in Haiti Cholera

NEW YORK, USA (sentinel.ht) - The United Nations is not only responsible for the cholera outbreak in Haiti but deliberately tried to cover it up, according to a lawsuit being followed up by NBC News Investigations report released on Wednesday.

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Haiti and Venezuela Cooperate on Housing, Tourism and Agriculture

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Venezuela pledged to build 4,400 homes in the capital as part of a 500 home project with Haiti in Ile-a-Vache which will accompany a 240-room resort project for the island. As well, Haiti, will begin exporting agricultural products to the Bolivarian state as soon as November. These were some of the results of a one-day working visit by a Haitian delegation led by Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and accompanied by the Ministers of Agriculture and Tourism.

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Haiti President wishes speedy recovery to Argentina President

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - While most Haitians would criticize President Michel Martelly for not making any statement regarding the Dominican Republic Constitutional Court decision or the cholera out break of the United Nations, the Haitian Head of State did show some capability when he released a statement on Tuesday to wish the President of Argentina, Christina Fernandez de Krichner, a speedy recovery from her head injury.

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Catching Up with Felix Bautista, Dominican Senator

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (sentinel.ht) - Dominican Senator Felix Bautista, the alleged financier to the tune of $2.5 million of candidate and President, Michel Joseph Martelly, published an editorial on his congressional website and to other Dominican publications this week regarding his take on "Constitutional Interpretation."

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Human Rights Court Public Hearings against Dominican State Tuesday

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (sentinel.ht) - Human rights woes for the Dominican state are numerous as the ongoing trial of Benito Tide Mendez et al vs the Dominican Republic continues on Tuesday and Wednesday with public hearings scheduled at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Mexico City. Six families of Haitian descent are claiming that in 1999 and 2000 they were "arbitrarily detained and collectively deported" from homes and land they owned for years in the D.R.

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Martelly Looks to Refute Divisive Statements about Haitian Athletes

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - President Michel Martelly says he was "surprised and amazed" at the reaction of some, including the Haitian Football Federation, over statements he made about Haitian athletes living abroad playing for the national team; divisive statements that have been considered "denigrating" and "disrespectful."

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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