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CARICOM Responds to UN Secretary-General’s Cholera Apology

On December 1, 2016, the United Nations General Assembly met for a session in which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon explained the UN’s new plan to eliminate cholera in Haiti and possibly compensate the victims. During his remarks, Ban also apologized to Haitians for the first time in six years, and admitted that the UN should have done more. Below is the statement from Trinidad and Tobago’s representative, on behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). December 1, 2016 Remarks by Trinidad and Tobago on behalf of CARICOM at the Informal Briefing of the General Assembly by the Secretary-General on the United Nations’ New Approach to Cholera in Haiti Mr. President, I take the floor on behalf of the fourteen Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).  CARICOM wishes to thank the Secretary-General for his briefing to the membership on the “New Approach […]

Community Letter Against Holding OAS Meeting in DR

The Organization of American States (OAS) recently decided to hold its 46th General Assembly meeting in the Dominican Republic (DR), despite the ongoing human rights abuses against people of Haitian descent happening there. As members of OAS, CARICOM has the power to stand against OAS’ decision. In this letter, 120 organizations and individuals urge CARICOM to oppose holding the meeting in DR. They also ask CARICOM to once again stand up against DR’s discriminatory practices by making the current situation there a topic on the meeting agenda. Part of the letter is below. Click HERE for the full text. February 10, 2016 Via E-Mail His Excellency Irwin LaRocque Secretary General Caribbean Community Ambassador Colin Granderson Assistant Secretary General Caribbean Community RE: OPEN LETTER – Community Response to the Organization of American States Holding the 46th General Assembly Meeting in the Dominican […]

CARICOM Should Help Haiti Fight for Fair Elections

After weeks of the international community and Haiti’s current president pushing an illegitimate electoral process forward, Haiti’s Electoral Council finally cancelled the elections to prevent worsening of the political crisis. So far, CARICOM has only had a “mildly worded press release” on the issue but it has taken strong stances on Haiti in the past. Now, CARICOM has an opportunity to help Haitians keep fighting for the fair elections that the postponement can allow. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. CARICOM must demonstrate leadership in Haiti’s electoral process this time around Kevin Edmonds, Stabroek News January 25, 2016 Haiti’s most recent cycle of presidential elections has been marred by irregularities and significant allegations of corruption to the point that a group of eight leading opposition candidates, the Haitian Senate and leading figures in civil society […]

CARICOM Election Observers Note Irregularities on October 25

Although many have praised the October 25 round of elections for the lack of violence compared to August 9th, there were many irregularities (including ballot stuffing) that day. An observer group from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) noted that practices for identifying voters varied across polling stations, there wasn’t enough privacy in voting booths, and more transparency is needed in the vote-tallying process. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Caricom observers warn of ‘anomalies’ in Haiti poll process Jamaica Observer October 29, 2015 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — A Caribbean Community (Caricom) team that observed the legislative and first-round presidential elections in Haiti last Sunday is warning of “anomalies” that, if not corrected, “could lead to undesirable sequels in the future”. The 11-member team headed by the chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Dr Steve […]

When will UN and Haitian Government support cholera victims?

After the explosion of UN Independent Expert Gallón’s report on cholera, many questions have surfaced about cholera in Haiti. When will the UN take responsibility? When will the Haitian government and Caricom react and side with cholera victims? While many others have taken a stand, the Haitian government’s lack of response is especially noticeable. Editorial: UN fails to help cholera victims Barbados Daily Nation March 3, 2014 Image from article reprint in Guyana Chronicle Online. HOW MUCH longer will it take for the United Nations to come to grips with its moral, if not legal responsibility as well, to compensate the thousands of Haitian victims of a cholera epidemic in 2010 that has been traced to negligence by a detachment of United Nations peace-keeping troops in that Caribbean Community member state? And why are both the Haitian government of Prime […]

Haitians and Dominicans Unite Against Immigration Court Ruling

Besides increased tensions between Haiti and DR, the September 23 Dominican Republic Constitutional Court ruling has also united Haitian-Americans and Dominican-Americans. NYC PROTESTS CONTINUE AGAINST DOMINICAN REPUBLIC COURT RULING Voices of NY, Haitian Times December 17, 2013 NEW YORK, NY — Ayibobo! chanted the colorfully dressed singer of Kalunga (Neg Mawon), invoking the traditional call to the gods of indigenous Taíno Indians of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. Immigrants from both sides of that divided island — Haiti and the Dominican Republic — were gathered in an auditorium November 15 to protest a court ruling in the Dominican Republic that denies citizenship to anyone born after 1929 who does not have at least one parent of “Dominican blood,” effectively stripping more than 200,000 people of Haitian descent of their citizenship, as well as others who have lived as Dominican citizens for decades. The […]

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