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Details on Drug-Related Arrest of Elected Haitian Senator

Four days before he would officially become a Haitian Senator, 2004 coup leader Guy Philippe was arrested on drug charges from 2005. He was arrested by Haitian National Police after appearing on a radio show, and brought to Miami by U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agents. His arrest apparently comes at a time when Philippe was vulnerable – between immunity from being a political candidate and immunity that would have come from being a Senator. This article provides more details on what allowed this arrest to happen, and some reactions from a US attorney. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti’s Philippe dropped his guard before his capture by U.S. agents Jacqueline Charles and Jay Weaver, Miami Herald January 6, 2017 Four days before his arrest, ex-rebel leader and newly elected Haitian Senator Guy Philippe swaggered […]

Alleged Drug Trafficker Arrested Before Becoming Haiti Senator

Guy Philippe, who helped orchestrated the 2004 coup against then-President Aristide, has been wanted by the US DEA since 2005 but somehow managed to elude the DEA. Finally, just four days before he was set to be sworn in as a Senator in Haiti, he was arrested by the Haitian National Police and handed over to the DEA. Many say this is a last-minute effort to prevent Philippe from gaining the immunity from arrest or prosecution that lawmakers enjoy. There are mixed reactions in Haiti but one activist who approves of the arrest only laments that more criminals who were voted into office haven’t also been arrested. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Former Haiti coup leader Guy Philippe arrested Jacqueline Charles and Jay Weaver, Miami Herald January 5, 2017 Former Haiti coup leader Guy Philippe, who […]

Paramilitaries Attack a Police Station in Haiti

Before dawn on May 16, a group of paramilitaries attacked the police station in Haiti’s third-largest city, resulting in four deaths and many injuries. An interview with one of the attackers, Théléus, revealed that they were under the command of Guy Philippe, a Senate candidate who helped lead the 2004 coup d’ état and is wanted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for drug trafficking. Théléus said that this attack is part of a larger plan to attack police stations all over Haiti, create havoc, and overthrow the provisional president. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Guy Philippe’s Paramilitaries Launch Deadly Attack Against the Aux Cayes Police Station Yves Pierre-Louis, Haïti Liberté May 18, 2016 In the hours before dawn on Mon., May 16, 2016, heavily armed assailants, dressed in green and camouflage army uniforms, attacked the main […]

Rapport sur l’extermination des agents du PNH

Ce rapport éclaire la situation sécuritaire actuelle en Haïti, en particulier en ce qui concerne le ciblage de la Police nationale haïtienne (PNH). Pendant seulement 13 mois, 72 agents de la PNH ont été tués ou blessés. Ce rapport comprend les statistiques, les noms des victimes, et d’autres informations importantes sur la situation. Partie du rapport est ci-dessous. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complet. Click HERE for the English version of this report on attacks against the Haitian National Police. Vers l’extermination des agents de la Police Nationale d’Haïti Réseau Nationale de Défense des Droits Humains 22 mars 2016 I.   INTRODUCTION Depuis plusieurs années, il sévit en Haïti une situation sécuritaire très précaire. Il ne se passe pas de jour sans qu’on n’enregistre le cas d’au moins une personne tuée par balles. Toutes les couches de la population sont touchées par cette […]

Malaysia Highlights Key Issues at Meeting on MINUSTAH

On March 17, the United Nations Security Council held a meeting on MINUSTAH, the peacekeeping force in Haiti. Malaysia made an outstanding statement, calling attention to a number of issues that were otherwise glossed over, including the need for the Secretary-General’s leadership on cholera justice, stronger representation of women in the Haitian government, and the irregularities and climate of insecurity that marred Haiti’s electoral process in 2015. All of these issues are critical to long-term stability, democracy and rule of law in Haiti. Part of the statement is below. Click HERE for the full text.   STATEMENT BY AMBASSADOR RAMLAN IBRAHIM, PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF MALAYSIA TO THE UNITED NATIONS  SECURITY COUNCIL DEBATE ON MINUSTAH  NEW YORK, 17 MARCH 2016 ____________________________________________________________________________ Mr. President, As commented by earlier speakers, Haiti had seen significant political developments in recent months most notably the holding of […]

Le gouvernement a pris la décision de mettre fin aux élections du 25 Octobre

Le gouvernement a décidé de mettre fin aux élections du 25 Octobre hier lors d’une conférence de presse, le gouvernement a pris la décision d’entendre le parti Lavalas dans ses déclarations qu’il va saisir le bureau du contentieux électoral national. Partie de l’article est si-dessous. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complet. Une commission de vérification pour mettre fin au litige électoral Lemoine Bonneau, Le Nouvelliste 16 novembre 2015 De plus en plus de voix s’élèvent pour réclamer du Conseil électoral provisoire la formation d’une commission de vérification des procès­verbaux de la présidentielle du 25 octobre dernier. Lors d’une rencontre hier, au siège de l’institution électorale, huit candidats à la présidence ont réitéré leur demande de mise sur pied de cette commission indépendante de vérification des procès­verbaux au Centre de tabulation. Selon toute vraisemblance, la formation d’une commission de ce genre […]

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