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Haiti senators jeopardizing stability – U.N. envoy

By Joseph Guyler Delva PORT-AU-PRINCE, Aug 23 (Reuters) – The U.N. special envoy to Haiti said on Thursday that some lawmakers were threatening efforts to stabilize the Caribbean nation after a group of senators took steps to fire the prime minister and Cabinet. The lawmakers decided late on Wednesday to summon Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis to appear before the Senate with the intention of taking a vote of no-confidence. A yes vote would force Alexis and his Cabinet to step down. No date was set for Alexis’ appearance. The U.N. envoy, Edmond Mulet, denounced the legislators and groups of unidentified “ill-intentioned individuals,” telling a news conference they wanted to prevent the government from establishing the rule of law in Haiti, where a previous elected government was overthrown in 2004. The senators, who have the constitutional right to fire the […]

Canadian PM Harper visits Haiti

n By Wadner PierrePORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti: Haiti was the final stop in Canadian Prime Minister Steven Harper’s tour of Latin American. Haiti is now Canada’s largest recipient of aid after Afghanistan. A large delegation of Canadian journalists traveled with Harper and his party throughout the trip. Canada�s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper. AFP PHOTO Harper was received by his Haitian counterpart, Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis, on the lawn of Haiti’s National Palace. Prior to the meeting , Harper, along with a heavily armed UN troop column, visited Cite Soleil, one of Haiti’s largest shantytowns. Harper and Haiti’s President Rene Garcia Pr�val had a 15-minute meeting, followed by a 20-minute press conference. Preval joked that Harper’s visit was like a brief “doctor’s visit.”� Preval added, “As you can see, doctor, the patient is doing very well. You just visited a district few […]

Human Rights is Not Just Charity in Haiti

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Monika Kalra Varma of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights says that on International Human Rights Day we need to expand our understanding of rights to include working through – as opposed to around or against – government because in places like Haiti, the old way of thinking is only enabling abuses… Human Rights Day is not only a day to commemorate the UN�s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but a day to look towards what challenges lie ahead for realizing human rights in even the world�s most difficult of situations. There is perhaps no greater challenge in the Western Hemisphere than Haiti, nor a greater opportunity. Haiti as a country has a tremendous commitment to human rights, one that we in the United States have a difficult time even recognizing. This includes […]

Michael Lucius, Director of Central Police Dismissed, AHP, November 14, 2006

The Prime Minister makes an official announcement confirming the dismissal of the Central Director of the Judicial Police, but the DCPJ� claims that he resigned instead� Port-au-Prince, November 13, 2006 (AHP); The decision to dismiss divisional police commissioner Michael Lucius from his position at the Central Directorate of the Judicial Police (DCPJ) was officially announced this Tuesday. � An arrest warrant has been issued against Mr.� Lucius because of his refusal to appear before the judge investigating allegations that he has been involved in kidnappings. � At the conclusion of a meeting this Tuesday with the Finance Commission of the House of Deputies, Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis said that the government has decided to relieve Mr. Lucius of his position in order to enable him to respond to the accusations against him. � ” It is up to the […]

Donor nations pledge $750 million for Haiti

Tue Jul 25, 2006 8:13 PM ET By Joseph Guyler Delva PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Reuters) – International donors pledged $750 million on Tuesday to help fund impoverished Haiti’s economic recovery efforts for the next fiscal year. The pledges exceeded the $540 million requested by the newly elected government of President Rene Preval and Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis in immediate donations to help build roads, schools and hospitals and to strengthen Haiti’s police force and judicial system. Delegates from about 40 nations and financial institutions gathered in Port-au-Prince for a conference aimed at helping the turbulent and destitute Caribbean country build social and economic stability. The World Bank’s director for the Caribbean, Caroline Anstey, said she was encouraged by the new government’s assurances that the money would be spent responsibly. “I think Mr. Preval and Mr. Alexis have made strong commitments […]

Haitian Premier Seeks to Return Country’s Sovereignty

Copyright 2006 Financial Times Information All Rights Reserved Global News Wire – Asia Africa Intelligence Wire Copyright 2006 BBC Monitoring/BBC Source: Financial Times Information Limited BBC Monitoring International Reports June 9, 2006 Friday ACC-NO: A200606098-114F7-GNW LENGTH: 482 words HEADLINE: HAITIAN PREMIER SEEKS TO RETURN COUNTRY’S SOVEREIGNTY BODY: Text of report by Caribbean Media Corporation news agency website on 9 June Port-au-Prince, Haiti: Haiti’s new Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis who will be inaugurated on Friday [9 June] said his government will work at creating conditions for the violence-torn Caribbean nation to recover its sovereignty, now tarnished by the presence of foreign troops. Alexis said Haiti was no longer in possession of its sovereignty since the deployment of foreign soldiers to the country. “We have to reconquer our sovereignty,” said Alexis, who was addressing a Senate assembly. “No true Haitian can […]

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