Haitian Politics

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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Court rules Duvalier can be tried for crimes against humanity

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The January 2012 ruling of Judge Carves Jean, dismissing the possibility of charging former dictator Jean Claude Duvalier with crimes against humanity, was reversed by an appellate court.

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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio congratulates creation of First Haitian Cardinal

WASHINGTON, D.C. (sentinel.ht) - U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) delivered a message to the Haitian community congratulating the historic moment in the country's history of having its First Cardinal while expressing his pride in representing the largest Haitian diaspora community.

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Martelly only publishes names 7 of 10 justices to Court of Auditors

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - President Michel Martelly will publish only seven of the ten justices of the Supreme Court of Auditors withholding three for having falsified documents, allegations that senators, constitutionally-mandated to elect the justices, say are unfounded.

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Bill Clinton returns to Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will be in Haiti for a 48-hour visit beginning Monday. The former Co-chair of the Haiti Reconstruction Commission is making his first visit in more than a year and is expected to announce programs and investments focused on the environment.

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Senate, National Palace discuss defunct Superior Court of Auditors

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - A meeting, Thursday, between members of the Senate Bureau and the President of the Republic of which discussions were around the defunct Superior Court of Auditors and Administrative Disputes, did not end well.

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Martelly deplores "abominable" murder of rights leader and wife

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The President of the Republic deplored the "abominable", fatal shooting on Saturday, February 8, 2014, in Canapé Vert of the Coordinator of the Platform of Haitian Human Rights Organizations, Daniel Dorsinvil and his wife, Girldy Larêche.

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Martelly delivers speech on education at Howard University

WASHINGTON, DC (sentinel.ht) - President Michel Martelly was warmly received at Howard University where he delivered a speech which focused on education.

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Fruitful meeting between President Martelly and Secretary John Kerry

WASHINGTON, DC (sentinel.ht) - At the U.S. Department of State on Wednesday President Michel Martelly met with the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry who replaced former Secretary Hillary Clinton in administering U.S. foreign policy.

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President Martelly arrives in Washington, D.C. for meeting at White House

WASHINGTON, DC (sentinel.ht) - The President of the Republic arrived in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday where he will participate in a series of activities that include delivering a speech at the famous Howard University, attending the National Prayer Breakfast and speaking with lawmakers on Capitol. The highlight of the trip will be the one-on-one, official meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House.

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Martelly to meet Obama at White House

WASHINGTON, D.C. (sentinel.ht) - President Michel Martelly will meet the U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House Thursday White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced Friday.

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Lamothe: Haiti is Africa in the Americas

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (sentinel.ht) - Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, in his speech to the 22nd African Union Summit, Thursday, spoke of Haiti's proud and close ties to Africa and its black roots.

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (sentinel.ht) - Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, in his speech to the 22nd African Union Summit, Thursday, spoke of Haiti's proud and close ties to Africa and its black roots.

The Head of Government spoke of the work of the administration of President Michel Martelly and spoke of the honor of being a nation that is Africa in the Caribbean and the guest of honor at the 22nd summit.

President of the African Union,
Distinguished Heads of State and Government,
Madam President of the Commission,
Ladies and gentlemen,
 This is both a great time and a great pleasure to be here on the ancestral land here in Addis Ababa and be the first head of the Haitian Government to send me this illustrious assembly.

What an honor! What Privilege!

What pride for Haiti to have been chosen as guest of honor!

This is a historic opportunity for me to present, on behalf of President Michel Martelly and the Haitian people, my fraternal greetings to all the men and women of Africa.

I extend my warmest congratulations to the President of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government and the President of the Commission for the new dynamic they have managed to imbue this institution.

Let me also express my thanks to all members of the African Union, who contributed in one way or another, restoration and strengthening of democracy in Haiti.

My comments are also directed to States and brotherly peoples of Africa who have shown their active solidarity with the Haitian people during the devastating earthquake of January 12.

Madam Speaker,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Since his accession to the highest office of the State, nearly three years, the President of the Republic has made the merger of Haiti with Africa and South/South cooperation, the two major pillars of his foreign policy.

In one of his speeches, he clearly stated that "the geographical distance does not represent an insurmountable handicap to strengthen ties between the Haitian people and the peoples of Africa."

Although located in America, Haiti always loudly proclaimed its African belonging. We are Africans in our souls, in our hearts and in our manners.

There is not a Haitian who does not feel at home in Africa, as there is not an African who is not found in Haiti.

And let me say that all the heroes who prepared the revolution of 1804 were of African descent. I mean Boukman, Toussaint Louverture, Dessalines, Capois of Death, Petion and the 500,000 slaves, men and women who valiantly fought against the most powerful army of the time to give us the first Republic black. My country has been the scene of this battle against slavery, oppression and degradation of the human being.

Aimé Césaire wrote "Haiti, where negritude stood up for the first time and said she believed her humanity."

A century and a half later, the torch lit, spread throughout the African continent.

Madam Speaker,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I stand before this illustrious assembly this morning to carry a message from the President of the Republic, Michel Martelly. After two hundred and ten (210) of independent people living in America, our membership in Africa remains intact and indelible.

Haiti is Africa in the Caribbean.

If we exist today is because our ancestors came from former regions that today constitute Benin, Senegal, Ghana, Congo, Liberia, and many other countries have been able break their chains, drawing on the traditions , the resources necessary for their release.

The ties that bind us to Africa transcend all boundaries and all walls. Defying the scourge of colonialism and slavery, Haiti has long been the pride of the black race. At the time of decolonization in Africa, Haiti admirably contributed to the intellectual renewal of the continent there hustling his son hundreds : teachers, doctors, intellectuals.

I take this opportunity to express the hope that all African peoples can live in peace . In this respect, I congratulate your institution for the efforts being made ​​to bring peace to Central Africa and South Sudan.

Madam Speaker,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Geographical distance does not represent a handicap to strengthen ties between the Haitian people and the peoples of Africa.

Africa has become an input into the 21st century door.

Our dearest wish is to see lead the revision of the constitution of the Union in order to enable Haiti to adhere fully.

Madam Speaker,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
By 2014, the Year of the Agriculture and Food Security, the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union, falls clearly within the context of control of our common destiny.

There is no doubt that agriculture is one of the bearers of most African economies fields. This sector deserves special attention since it has the potential to meet the food needs of our people and for our economic and social development.

Haiti gives absolute priority to the struggle for food security. The revival of agricultural production must be rightly central to any development program of our societies.

Thus, 2013 was declared "Year of agriculture and the environment" in Haiti. This has enabled us to strengthen our food sovereignty and improve the living conditions of the most disadvantaged populations.

Today the continent is an opportunity for Haiti , as Haiti is a beautiful opening for Africa in America. Our country is resolutely and definitively embarked on the path of progress. We started the reconstruction of the country.

90 % of people living in tents after the earthquake have been relocated . A program of free education has enabled 1.4 million children attend school . More than 3 million people in extreme poverty have benefited from government social programs . Inflation has stabilized at 4.5%. Economic growth is 4.3%. Public investment increased this year by 20%. The business climate is improving significantly.

Our country takes off towards economic and social progress. Our democracy is healthy.

Madam Speaker,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
We have made regional integration a priority to combat instability, poverty in order to reduce social inequalities that represent a real threat to peace in all parts of the world.

Do all of this institution, the AU , the hyphen and the flag of all the peoples of Africa door to a better future.

 

Africa Vive African Union, Vive African solidarity with Haiti.

Thank you.

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PM confirms Haiti's participation at African Union Conference

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (sentinel.ht) - Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe will deliver an address at the opening of the 22nd Conference of Heads of States and Governments of the African Union on Thursday where Haiti is an observing member.

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CARICOM's High Level Meeting on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - On December 5th, Pierre-Richard Casimir and Gerald Oriol, Jr., respectively Haiti’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Secretary of State with the disability portfolio welcomed delegates from 10 Caribbean states to the Royal Oasis Hotel for the CARICOM High Level Ministerial Meeting on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The opening of the two-day regional conference coincided closely with the 3rd of December, which is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD).

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Migration of Haitians into Brazil tripled in 2013

BRASILIA, Brazil (sentinel.ht) - The migration of Haitians to Brazil exploded since the earthquake of 2010 and is increasing greatly. Due to legislation taken by the Brazilian government, the Brazilian Ministry of Justice reported Monday that the number of Haitians who received humanitarian visas in 2013 was just under 14,000, three times the numbers of the 3 previous years.

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Haitian President Martelly arrives in Havana for CELAC

HAVANA, Cuba (sentinel.ht) - Haitian President Michel Martelly will attend the Second Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American and Carribean (CELAC) states taking place January 28 and 29 in Havana, Cuba. It is the first summit of the regional institution since the passing of Hugo Chavez.

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Former Haiti PM Garry Conille named Africa UNOPS Regional Director

NEW YORK, USA (sentinel.ht) - Former Haitian Prime Minister Garry Conille is now the new Regional Director of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) on the African continent.

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Police find car of missing Businessman Daniel Evinx

GONAIVES, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The whereabouts of businessman Daniel Evinx has been unknown since January 5. The vehicle of the close friend of President Michel Martelly, who was arrested in late 2013 for being in the possession of two dozen kilos of marijuana, was found at a gas station in Gonaïves over the weekend where he was last seen weeks ago.

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Aristide's Lavalas members formally charged in murder of Jean Dominique

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Formal charges were filed against former Senator Mirlande Libérus who is said to have worked by the instruction of former President Jean Bertrand Aristide and other members of Fanmi Lavalas for the murder of Journalist Jean Leopold Dominique and his security guard, Jean Claude Louissant; a highly publicized crime that occurred on April 3, 2000 outside of Dominique's Radio Haiti Inter radio station.

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