Haitian Politics

'Martelly has no intention of holding elections' says his Senate partisans

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - A Senator of the Republic said the population should not be confused, 'the President of the Republic has no intention of holding elections'. This would not be news if it had not come from Senator Francisco Delacruz (Centre/Alternativ), who is not in the opposition and was a participant in the talks at El Rancho, at which his party signed the controversial accord. Furthermore, Senator Edwin Zenny (Sud-Est/Inite), a steadfast Martelly loyalist, warned the Head of State against his inclination to apply the controversial Article 12 of the controversial El Rancho accord.

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Senate formally calls for CEP based on the Constitution of Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The Senate of the Republic sent a letter to the National Palace to formally inform the Head of State of the need to hold elections, three years overdue, by the end of 2014. Accordingly, the Senate has proposed the formation of Provisional Electoral Council based on the amended Constitution of Haiti of 1987, Article 289.

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Senate President solicits the resignation of President Martelly

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - On Monday, the President of the National Assembly solicited the President of the Republic to resign from office if elections, overdue since 2011, are not held by year's end.

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Martelly gives Senators ultimatum to amend Electoral Law

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - President Michel Martelly expressed his determination to hold senatorial and local elections on October 26, 2014, with or without an electoral law or new electoral council. Opponents have likened the tentative contests to those of the Duvalier era where actual voting was merely for show as the eventual victors were chosen by the National Palace.

Faced with a large and growing opposition and the need to hold his contests, Martelly threatened to apply article 12 of an agreement, made at the El Rancho hotel, between minority political parties, of international community pressure and under the auspices of the Catholic Church.

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"Criminal state", decries population after release of wife of Sonson Lafamilia

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The wife of one of Haiti and Interpol's most wanted criminals was irregularly released from prison and according to sources, picked up by a vehicle of the National Palace, causing outrage throughout the population over the reign of impunity in Haiti.

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Martelly says the National Treasury is empty

LES CAYES, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - President Michel Martelly said the National Treasury is empty an audio recording, taken as he was speaking to a group of supporters in the city of Les Cayes, revealed the declaration.

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Senators will not vote electoral law, tentative elections doubtful

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The amendments proposed to the electoral law during the talks at El Rancho will not be brought to the floor of the Senate announced Senate President Simon Desras. This means elections that were due to be held in 2011 and 2013 would not be held in 2014, and definetly not the October 26, 2014 date announced by the President of the Republic.

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Senator apologizes for assault on citizen

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - After hundreds took the streets in Jacmel and after the filing of a criminal complaint against himself, Senator Wencesclas Lambert (Sud-Est/Inite) apologized to his family, colleagues and young victim, Daniel Theodore, whom he broke his jaw causing the loss of teeth.

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Senator Lambert "barbaric" assault of citizen

JACMEL, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Senator Wencesclas Lambert (Sud-Est/Inite) admitted to attacking a citizen of the republic, a young activist and student, causing injury and the loss of two teeth, because the citizen called declarations by Lambert, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, lies during a meeting.

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Legislative sessions not possible in lame duck

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The Chamber of Deputies, although in complete control of the National Palace, has not been able to hold any meetings in 2014, marking a deepening lame duck session that began in 2011.

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Haiti will respond to U.S. human rights report

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The Government of Haiti says it is working on a response to a U.S. State Department report which outlined a series of human rights violations under the Martelly administration.

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U.S. denounces violations of human rights in Haiti

WASHINGTON, DC (sentinel.ht) - In its latest report, the Office of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor of the U.S. State Department reported several cases of human rights violations by the Martelly administration during the 2013 year.

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With allegations unfounded, Audit Court Justices published

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Following months of delay and allegations of fraud, the National Palace finally announced that it would be publishing the names of the remaining justices of the Supreme Court of Auditors and Administrative Disputes as elected by the Senate.

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Orlando Police Chief John Mina meets with Haitian Community

ORLANDO, USA (sentinel.ht) - On Friday, the new Orlando Police Chief, John Mina, and other top officers of the Orlando Police Department met with leaders of the Haitian community on the basis of outreach and improving relations, not, as Mina often reiterated, to hold a press conference about the exhumation of Carline Brumaire-Jean, who died and was found in her car at the bottom of a pond in circumstances unclear.

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U.S. Temporary Protected Status Extended for Haitians

WASHINGTON, DC (sentinel.ht/USCIS) — United States Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson will extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which began after the 2010 earthquake, for eligible nationals of Haiti for an additional 18 months, effective July 23, 2014 through January 22, 2016.

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National Police unveil Equestrian Brigade

JACMEL, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Curious citizens came to admire the Equestrian Brigade of the National Police of Haiti, which was unveiled in the city of Jacmel Sunday February 23.

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Haitian officials exclaim deception by Dominicans regarding court ruling

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Haitian authorities exclaimed their deception Thursday after learning that the Dominican government did not introduce a special law that would have hoped to address the case of Dominicans of foreign descent affected by the Dominican Constitutional Tribunal ruling 168-13, most of whom are of Haitian descent.

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Dominicans break promise to address court ruling 168-13

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (sentinel.ht) - A "special law" to address the situation of Dominicans of foreign descent, most of whom are of Haitian descent, was not addressed Thursday February 27, 2014 as promised by Dominican authorities to Haitian authorities during two bi-national commission meetings.

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Caricom nations urge intervention of OAS states in Dominican ruling

WASHINGTON, DC (sentinel.ht) - Meeting in Washington, February 19, 2014, as part of the regular session of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States, CARICOM (Caribbean Community) countries, again, condemned the 168/13 ruling of the Dominican Constitutional Tribunal. Representatives of these nations asked the OAS Member States to intervene to bring the Dominican Republic to suspend the application of the ruling they describe arbitrary and incompatible with fundamental principles of human rights.

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Police search for kidnapping suspects with ties to Presidency

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Police confirmed Tuesday of having freed a Syrian-American businessman named Sami El Aziz, who was kidnapped for a ransom of $1.3 million [US] on February 17. Some arrests were made and the criminal never received their ransom but the police say they are still searching for other participants, among others, Sonson Lafamilia, a close confidant of the National Palace who provides security for the sons of President Michel Martelly, Olivier and T-Micky.

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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