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Why 70 Presidential Candidates in Haiti?

This article breaks down what it means that 70 potential candidates have registered for Haiti’s presidential elections, including the thought process that led to many of these decisions. Among the 70 candidates is Haiti’s controversial former Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, who was forced to resign in December 2014 amid political unrest.   Haiti confronts avalanche of presidential candidates Amélie Baron, Yahoo News May 21, 2015   Port-au-Prince (AFP) – A three-year political crisis that delayed local and parliamentary elections has done nothing to dampen Haiti’s enthusiasm for democracy, judging by the avalanche of hopefuls now running for president. Taking charge of an impoverished Caribbean nation still struggling to recover from a devastating earthquake and a cholera epidemic might seem a tough challenge, but no fewer than 70 candidates think they’re up to the job. The incumbent, former pop star Michel […]

Lamothe, Former Haiti Prime Minister, Enters Presidential Race

Laurent Lamothe, Haiti’s former Prime Minister who was forced to resign prematurely in December 2014, has entered the presidential race. He joins dozens of others vying for the spot and his registration further complicates Haiti’s already-unstable elections process for a major reason: Haiti’s parliament has to grant a décharge for former government officials to run for president but parliament has been non-functional since January. The Provisional Electoral Council has already disqualified several legislative candidates due to lack of a décharge so many are watching to see if Lamothe will get the same treatment.   Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text.   Former Haiti PM Lamothe joins presidential race along with dozens of others Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald May 20, 2015   Haiti’s controversial former prime minister has joined a crowded arena of contenders in […]

L’ONU préoccupé par la hausse choléra, mais toujours pas responsable

Dans cette interview, Pedro Medrano, coordinateur principal de l’ONU pour la réponse choléra en Haïti, se déclare préoccupé par l’augmentation du choléra en Haïti. Mais quand la journaliste lui pose une question sur la responsabilité de l’ONU pour l’épidémie, Medrano esquive la question. Peut etre l’ONU a tellement de difficulté à lever des fonds en raison de son manque de responsabilité pour l’épidémie?   Partie de l’article est ci dessous. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complet.   Choléra en Haïti: l’ONU alerte sur la détérioration de la situation Stefanie Schüler, RFI 18 mai 2015   Avec près de 740 000 malades et plus 8 800 morts depuis 2010, l’épidémie de choléra en Haïti est l’une des pires au monde. Depuis plusieurs mois, le nombre de nouvelles infections est en forte hausse. La raison : beaucoup d’ONG ont quitté le pays, […]

Rep Waters Concerned by Violence in Haiti

Peaceful protestors commemorating the 1991 coup anniversary were attacked by Haitian police on September 30th. Congresswoman Waters wrote a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry expressing concern about this and further violence in Haiti. In the letter, she urged Kerry to encourage the Haitian government to respect its people’s human rights. Congresswoman Waters Urges State Department to Support the Rights of Peaceful Demonstrators in Haiti US Congresswoman Maxine Waters October 2, 2014 Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, expressing concern about the potential for political instability and violence in Haiti.  The letter urges him to use his influence to encourage the Government of Haiti to respect the rights of Haitian citizens to peaceably assemble and express their political opinions free from government intimidation.  Copies of the letter were sent to Thomas C. Adams, Haiti […]

By Sarah Fort PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti � Dieula sits in a circle of women on the tiled floor of a dimly lit room here, discussing the sexual violence that makes HIV infection an ever-present danger for Haitian women. “The woman in Haiti doesn’t have rights,” she says. “Only men have rights to decide.” The rest of the women in the group agree. She adds, quietly: “Our misery increases every day.” The women, all of them rape survivors, belong to the Commission of Women Victims for Victims, or KOFAVIV, a community rape-crisis organization trying to call attention to the plight that too many Haitian women face. In September 2006, 150 members of the group marched through the streets of the Haitian capital, black masks representing the silencing they feel and the anonymity of their masked attackers. Since KOFAVIV began in 2004, the […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 26, 2006 Contact: Professor Marjorie Cohn, President, 619-374-6923, Heidi Boghosian, Executive Director, 212-679-5100, ext. 11 Kasey Corbit, NLG Haiti Subcommittee, (650) 892-5497, The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) urges Haiti�s Constitutional Government, especially President Ren� Pr�val and Minister of Justice Ren� Magloire, to immediately release all of the political prisoners remaining from the unconstitutional regime of Prime Minister G�rard Latortue (2004-2006). Almost all of the political prisoners were arrested illegally, all have been in jail without trial longer than Haitian law allows. None has been convicted of any crime. The Latortue regime�s systematic incarceration of political opponents has been well documented in reports by the NLG, Amnesty International and the United Nations. Many of these prisoners have been released since President Pr�val�s May 15, 2006 inauguration, but there has been no apparent progress on political […]

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