Haitian Politics

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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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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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