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OAS and UN to work jointly on Haitian presidential elections

Caribbean Net News WASHINGTON, USA — The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Ambassador Albert Ramdin, on Friday met with the Director of the United Nations Electoral Assistance Division and Haiti Mission Chief, Tadjoudine Ali-Diabacté. OAS Assistant Secretary General, Albert Ramdin    (OAS photo) At the meeting, they exchanged views on past visits of their organizations to the Caribbean nation to conduct needs assessments and lay the groundwork for the presidential elections that are scheduled for the end of the year, as established by the Haitian Constitution. Agreeing on most of the conclusions reached, the two agreed to work jointly and in a coordinated way to support Haiti before, during and after the vote count. “We want to go towards elections and have a legitimate government with a president, vice president, and a legislative framework,” said the Assistant […]

Haiti criticised over forced stadium eviction

Caribbean Net News PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) – The aid group Action Against Hunger on Sunday slammed Haiti’s forced evictions of hundreds of homeless quake victims from the pitch of the country’s national stadium. “We are shocked at the way it has happened. There is no planning. There is no solution offered to the people who lived in the stadium,” unlike people evacuated from other camps, said Lucille Grosjean, spokeswoman for the France-based organization. Beginning late Friday, contingents of the Haitian National Police began breaking down tents and other shelters in the Sylvio Cator stadium, almost three months after the January 12 quake killed more than 220,000 people and left 1.3 million homeless. Evacuations of tent cities across Port-au-Prince were meanwhile being ramped up ahead of the rainy season, including the first few hundred from the overcrowded camp at the Petionville […]

Haiti prison population rises; US aid ineffective, audit says

The USAID audit on Haiti’s prison system referenced in the story below can be found at: http://www.usaid.gov/oig/public/fy07rpts/1-521-07-008-p.pdf Reprinted from Caribbean Net News caribbeannetnews.com Haiti prison population rises; US aid ineffective, audit says Published on May 03, 2007 By Neil Roland WASHINGTON, USA (Bloomberg):� Haiti’s prisons are swelling with people awaiting trial, and US aid aimed at alleviating the situation is having little impact, an audit said. The number of prisoners has been climbing since February 2004, when jails were emptied upon the resignation of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. The average time in pre-trial detention has risen from 76 days in September 2004 to 408 days in December 2006, said a report by the inspector general of the US Agency for International Development. AID’s $3.7 million program to improve the flow of cases is insufficient, and monitoring by US officials has produced […]

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