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Haitian Senate Urges Immediate Return of Guy Philippe in New Resolution

The majority of the Haitian Senate voted in favor of a resolution that strongly condemns the arrest and extradition to the United States of elected Senator Guy Philippe. The resolution describes Philippe’s arrest as unconstitutional and cites an agreement dated October 17, 1997 as the source of the conflict. It urges the Haitian government to take the necessary steps for Philippe’s immediate return to Haiti and to assist Philippe and his family. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. The Senate votes a resolution in favor of Guy Philippe HaitiLibre March 16, 2017 19 out of 24 Senators voted a resolution strongly condemning the arrest and extradition of their colleague, the elected Senator of Grand’Anse, Guy Philippe, on January 5 http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-19721-haiti-flash-senator-guy-philippe-extradited-to-the-usa.html In this resolution (proposed by Senators Carl Murat Cantave, Jean-Marie Ralph Féthière, Jean-Marie Salomon, Jean Renel Sénatus, Jean […]

Scams at U.S.-Mexico Border Target Haitian Migrants

Resumed mass deportations of non-criminal Haitian detainees leave migrants on the U.S.-Mexico with no where to turn; they face deportation in the States, possible persecution in Haiti and limited economic opportunities in the border towns they currently reside. This state of limbo leaves them vulnerable to scammers and human traffickers, who seem to provide a false sense of hope and security. Costly scams leave many migrants even more desperate, often resulting in prostitution, smuggling and other risky behaviors to survive. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. 30,000 Haitian migrants on the Mexican border targeted by scammers HaitiLibre March 1, 2017 Ariadna Estevez, a researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), who visited of refugees in Tijuana, Baja California, says that the majority of people trying to enter the United States today are of Haitian origin. Estevez recalled that the […]

UN Secretary-General Asks Member State Cholera Commitments by March 6

On December 1, 2016, the United Nations launched a new $400 million approach to cholera in Haiti. The plan includes two track: Track One entails better efforts to reduce cholera, improve access to care and treatment, and address the water and sanitation systems. Track Two is material assistance and support to Haitians affected by cholera, including consultations with cholera victims and their communities. Unfortunately, the plan is only 2% funded so far. Secretary-General António Guterres sent a letter to all UN member states asking them to express their intention to make a voluntary contribution (or not) by March 6. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti – Cholera : Funding Failure for the $400M UN Funds HaitiLibre February 26, 2017 United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has asked Member States to inform him by 6 […]

Read excerpt of Moise’s first speech as President

Jovenel Moise made his first Presidential speech at the National Palace after taking the oath of office. To read an excerpt of his speech, click the HERE for the original article. Part of the article is shown below. “We will build a single Haiti for all Haitians” – Jovenel Moise HaitiLibre February 7, 2017 This Tuesday at the National Palace before a crowd of several thousand people, Haitian and foreign political personalities, the 58th President of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse addressed his first speech to the Nation in which he preaches among other things the union between the Haitians for the progress of the country. The President has also pledged to work to ensure that the people of the diaspora who want to return to the country can do it without problems and to work today so that in five years the balance is […]

Brazil, Largest Contributor to MINUSTAH, Plans Withdrawal

Brazil has started to withdraw its military contingent from MINUSTAH, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti. It plans to complete the withdrawal by April 15, 2017. Brazil is the largest contributor to MINUSTAH and had actually extended its participation last year. MINUSTAH emphasizes that this decision was up to Brazil to make. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti – Security : Brazil withdraws from Minustah HaitiLibre February 1, 2017 Brazil has begun withdrawing its military contingent from the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and is considering completing its withdrawal before 15 April. Note that Brazil in Haiti with its 979 peacekeepers is the largest contributor with 40% of the UN Mission. In addition, it is the Lieutenant-General of the Brazilian Army Ajax Porto Pinheiro who commands the military component of […]

Inflation rises from November to December 2016

Inflation in Haiti has been on the rise, indicating a 1.2% increase from November to December 2016. The increases are evident across various indices, including “Food, Beverages and Tobacco” and “Health.” The inflation results in Haitians continuing to pay higher prices for major food items and medicines, among other necessities. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the full article. Haiti – Economy : Inflation to 14.3% (December 2016) HaitiLibre February 1, 2017 For the month of December 2016, the General Index of Consumer Prices (base 100 in August 2004) amounted to 288.9 against 285.5 in November 2016 and recorded a monthly change in monthly inflation of + 1.2 % And 14.3% year-on-year. … Click HERE for the original article.

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