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Haitian President-Elect Promises ID Cards for Migrants in DR

In 2013, a ruling by a Dominican Court left many Dominicans of Haitian descent stateless or in limbo. Regulations passed in attempts to mitigate the problem were unsuccessful in part because many of the people affected lacked national ID cards. Haiti’s president-elect has promised to provide national ID cards to the migrants in this group  so that they can apply for residency in DR. He has been meeting with the Dominican president and other officials this week. Haiti leader promises IDs for migrants in Dominican Republic Associated Press January 18, 2017 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Haiti’s president-elect is pledging to provide national ID cards to migrants in the neighboring Dominican Republic so they can apply for a legal residency program. Jovenel Moise told reporters Wednesday at the Dominican national palace that his administration will expedite delivery of the documents. […]

Vigilante Justice Used to Bypass a Broken System in Haiti

Vigilante justice is a problem in Haiti but the average citizen often seems either indifferent or approving of these types of lynchings, viewing them as necessity for justice due to the broken justice system. Nicole Phillips, an IJDH Staff Attorney, explains that if the government prioritizes improving the justice system, and if Haitians know how to use the justice system to enforce their rights, this will not be such a problem. UN mission says vigilantes have impunity in Haiti David McFadden, Associated Press, Yahoo! News January 17, 2017 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A report issued Tuesday by the U.N. stabilization mission in Haiti rebukes local authorities for a losing battle against vigilante violence and displaying passivity or even tolerating mobs taking the law into their own hands. The human rights section of the U.N. mission, known by its French acronym Minustah, said […]

UN Plans to “Provide Material Assistance” as Part of New Cholera Plan

Though United Nations special adviser David Nabarro continues to dodge questions of UN responsibility for cholera, he revealed that the new UN plan against cholera will include money for “material assistance” to cholera victims’ families. Though the exact amount wasn’t specified, about $100 million is expected to go to communities affected by cholera in Haiti. The other $100 million the UN is trying to raise will go to rapid response teams, cholera vaccines, and investing in water and sanitation infrastructure. UN wants $200 million to compensate Haiti cholera victims Michael Astor, AP/The Washington Post October 24, 2016 UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations says it is looking to raise $200 million from member states to compensate the families of people who have died from cholera in Haiti. David Nabarro, a special adviser to the secretary-general, said Monday that the money […]

UN Secretary General sees Hurricane Matthew’s Destruction

Six years after dumping untreated sewage in earthquake-torn Haiti, the United Nations finally accepted responsibility for introducing cholera. Ban Ki-moon visited hurricane victims in Haiti, after Beatrice Lindstrom of IDJH expressed hope the UN Secretary General would “fully acknowledge the U.N.’s responsibility for introducing cholera to Haiti.” Lindstrom said “The need for a new U.N. response that both controls and eliminates cholera and compensates the victims who have suffered so much is now more dire than ever.” Ban Ki-moon made no mention of guilt to the victims of cholera during this visit, nor did he mention falling very short of the UN’s $181 million special fund for cholera victims. UN Chief in Haiti Gets Glimpse of Matthew’s Destruction by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS October 15th, 2016 PORT­-AU-­PRINCE, Haiti — U.N. Secretary-­General Ban Ki­-moon visited victims of devastating Hurricane Matthew on Saturday, saying the destruction […]

A DEA Fugitive Runs for Haitian Senate

Guy Philippe is wanted by the US Drug Enforcement Agency for charges including conspiracy to import cocaine into the U.S. He’s also running for Senate in Haiti, with a lot of support from the town where his father was mayor. He even campaigned with one of the top presidential candidates earlier this year. Though there are many questions about Guy Philippe’s shady actions, he warns that if he loses the Senate race, there will be trouble. From remote stronghold, Haiti fugitive seeks political power David McFadden, Associated Press September 6, 2016 PESTEL, Haiti (AP) — Fishermen gathered eagerly at a rickety wooden pier to welcome a boat carrying Haiti’s most divisive and provocative political candidate. The crowd quickly cleared a path as Guy Philippe stepped to shore and began shaking hands and slapping backs. More people emerged to see the man […]

Special Verification Commission Declares Massive Fraud in Haitian Presidential Elections

After being installed by Haiti’s interim President Jocelerme Privert one month ago, a five-member verification commission charged with evaluating the 2015 presidential elections came to the conclusion that electoral fraud indeed appeared to have been masterminded at the highest level. On Monday, Commission President Pierre Francois Benoit recommended a complete re-run to the final decision making body, the reconfigured Provisional Electoral Council. Benoit pointed to signs of significant fraud, including multiple ballots with the same fingerprint and deceased voter participation. The first place candidate of the election was Jovenel Moise, a Tet Kale party candidate handpicked and well-funded by the previous President Michel Martelly. Moise has yet to comment on the commission’s findings. While some international monitors believe the fall balloting reflects the true will of the voters, number two finisher Jude Celestin has voiced his discontent in conjunction with the expressed concern of several civil society groups. […]

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