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The Shared Struggle of African Americans and Haitians

In this video, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and the senior African American woman serving in Congress; and Mildred T. Aristide, attorney and former First Lady of Haiti, discuss historical and contemporary matters that relate to African American and Haitian progress at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, MI. April 6, 2017

Lettre Ouverte a la Police Nationale d’Haïti sur les droits de manifester | Open Letter to Haitian National Police RE Right to Protest

(The English translation of this letter is below.) BUREAU DES AVOCATS INTERNATIONAUX 3, 2ème rue Lavaud B.P. 19048 Port-au-Prince, Haïti Tel : +5092943-2106/ 07 Email:   LETTRE OUVERTE   Port-au-Prince, le 28 Mars 2017 Monsieur Michel-Ange Gédéon Directeur Général de la Police Nationale d’Haïti (PNH) En ses bureaux.-   Monsieur le Directeur Général, Le Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), dans sa mission première de défendre les droits des plus démunis, les droits inaliénables, imprescriptibles et inhérents à la personne humaine, en particulier ceux des victimes du choléra importé par la MINUSTAH, des femmes victimes de viol, d’agression sexuelles et autres abus de droit, prend acte du refus systématique de la Police Nationale d’Haïti (PNH) dont vous êtes son Directeur Général de donner suite aux notifications des organisations de Victimes de choléra, du Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) et du […]

Haiti’s New Prime Minister Seeks to Unite and Heal Country

After confirmation by the Haitian Senate and Chamber of Deputies, physician Guy Lafontant rose to second-in-command in the Haitian government. As the new Prime Minister, he urged the country to unite and build bridges between polarized, unequal and marginalized communities. Lafontant also stressed the importance of major reforms, and, like President Jovenel Moise, he committed the new administration to prioritizing agricultural investments. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the full article. New prime minister urges Haitians to heal deep divisions David McFadden, Associated Press March 22, 2017 Haiti’s new prime minister on Tuesday urged this deeply polarized country to bridge divisions, and he vowed to bring steady advances even while acknowledging that the struggling nation has no shortage of accelerating problems. Dr. Jack Guy Lafontant, a physician and political outsider approved as Haiti’s No. 2 official after clearing a final parliamentary hurdle […]

20-0 Vote in Haitian Senate Approves Prime Minister

Haitian president Jovenel Moise’s pick for Prime Minister, Guy Lafontant, was approved in the Haitian Senate by a 20-0 vote, with 7 abstentions. This marks his first step forward in pursuit of office, after the Senate confirmation hearing was delayed last Monday. The physician has been criticized for his delinquent tax history; he paid five years worth of taxes only after being nominated. Next, the decision will move on to the lower house, which must also approve the designate before he is to take office. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Haiti’s Senate Approves Prime Minister-Designate Voice of America March 16, 2017 Haiti’s prime minister-designate has cleared the first major hurdle toward reaching office. Jack Guy Lafontant was approved early Thursday in the Senate by a vote of 20-0, with seven lawmakers abstaining. He still has to be approved […]

12 Congresspeople Urge Trump Administration to Keep Haiti State Department Office

A bipartisan group of 12 lawmakers wrote to President Trump urging the administration to keep the State Department office dedicated to providing assistance to Haiti. This office has overseen $4.6 billion in humanitarian relief since it was created in 2010. The letter was spurred by the Trump administration’s current consideration of budget cuts to the State Department. Lawmakers urge Trump administration to keep Haiti office Kevin Freking, The Washington Post March 13, 2017 WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of lawmakers asked the Trump administration on Monday to maintain an independent State Department office dedicated to assisting poverty-stricken Haiti even as it weighs major budget cuts for the department. The letter from a dozen lawmakers noted that Haiti has been struck by several natural and man-made disasters in recent years. A 2010 earthquake displaced more than 1 million Haitians and killed many thousands. […]

Controversial UN Peacekeeping Mission to Leave Haiti

The UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti, which is known by its French acronym MINUSTAH, is likely to significantly downsize its presence in Haiti in the near future. Over 2,000 soldiers from 19 contributing countries will be sent home, although the plans for foreign police officers and civilian staff remain uncertain. Some suggest that civilian staff will remain in Haiti alongside the UN police, an unprecedented move in UN peacekeeping history. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. After lengthy mission, UN peacekeeper pullout looms in Haiti David McFadden, Associated Press March 9, 2017 A few dozen Brazilian troops wearing the blue helmets of the U.N. military force stroll through a dense warren of shacks in Haiti’s most notorious slum, facing no greater threat than a few barking dogs along some of the same streets where pitched gunbattles […]

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