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Haitian Seeking Justice Against Criminal Ex-Mayor Dies Suddenly

One of the three plaintiffs in the case against a former Haitian mayor who engaged in political repression and murder has died suddenly in Haiti. The plaintiff, Nissage Martyr, had had a leg amputated after Viliena (the former Mayor)’s gang beat at and shot at him for his involvement in a community radio station. Martyr received repeated threats from Viliena’s associates but, unable to find justice in the Haitian legal system, he and the other plaintiffs were able to begin the legal process in Massachusetts where Viliena was hiding. Now, Martyr’s lawyers are calling for an investigation into his sudden death. Plaintiff in Boston Lawsuit Against Former Haitian Mayor Dies Reuters, The New York Times March 25, 2017 (Reuters) – One of three Haitian men who recently sued the former mayor of their village accusing him in Boston federal court of […]

Haitian Nationals Sue Former Mayor in U.S. Court

Three Haitian nationals are taking to the U.S. federal court system to seek justice years in the making. They sued Jean Morose Viliena, the former mayor of their village in Haiti, for murdering his political opponents and committing routine human rights abuses during his time as mayor. Viliena fled from Haiti after the courts launched investigations into his behaviors in office, and the plaintiffs are now hoping that the U.S. court system will help them accomplish what could not be done in Haiti. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Former Haitian mayor sued in Boston over human rights abuses Scott Malone, Reuters March 23, 2017 Three Haitian nationals sued the former mayor of their rural village on Thursday, accusing him in Boston federal court of murdering, torturing and burning the homes of his political opponents. Lawyers for […]

Haitian Migrants in Mexico Look Towards the Future

Thousands of Haitian migrants currently reside in Mexican border towns, stuck in a state of limbo after their dreams of political asylum in the United States were crushed. Many are seeking to start new lives by building houses and seeking approval from the Mexican government to work. The large influx of Haitian migrants to the area has created lively Haitian communities, where many are looking to turn their temporary situations into permanent homes. However, a large number of migrants are still waiting for approval from Mexico’s National Migration Institute to stay in the country, and this uncertainty poses major threats to their security and stability in the future. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. Stranded Haitian migrants seek new home on Mexico-U.S. border Lizbeth Diaz, Reuters March 16, 2017 Kneeling on a patch of flat earth with a shovel in […]

U.N. may remove MINUSTAH military peacekeepers from Haiti

A United Nations official has said that the MINUSTAH peacekeeping operation in Haiti is under review, and this might lead to the removal of military peacekeepers from Haiti. The U.N. mission has been heavily criticized since its arrival in Haiti, from issues involving sexual abuse to the introduction of cholera in Haiti. The U.N. Security Council is expected to make its decision in April. Part of the article is posted below. Click HERE for the full article. U.N. considering removing military peacekeepers from Haiti: official Makini Brice, Reuters February 9, 2017 The United Nations is considering removing military personnel from its peacekeeping mission in Haiti, a U.N. official said on Thursday, indicating a possible scaling back of one of the body’s longest-running and widely-criticized missions. The U.N. mission in Haiti, often locally called by its French acronym MINUSTAH, has been in the country since […]

President-elect Moise denies government’s money laundering allegation

Mere weeks before Haiti’s President-elect, Jovenel Moise, is to take office, he faces resurfacing claims of money laundering from the country’s Central Unit of Financial Intelligence. Moise denies the allegation, describing it as “a political maneuver” to challenge his legitimacy. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti’s president-elect hit with money laundering allegation Makini Brice, Reuters January 20, 2017   President-elect Jovenel Moise has pledged to stamp out corruption and strengthen Haiti’s legal institutions, but even before taking office on Feb. 7, he faces a government allegation of money laundering. A political newcomer, Moise was declared winner of the long-delayed election on Jan. 3 for the Bald Heads Party of Haiti’s last elected president Michel Martelly, although opponents have said they will not accept his victory. The Central Unit of Financial Intelligence (UCREF), a government institution, concluded in a report there were […]

As Cholera Surges, Cholera Elimination Funding Decreases

Though the cholera brought to Haiti by UN peacekeepers continues to kill, there are fewer and fewer cholera treatment centers and funding to fight cholera is running out. Right after the epidemic began in 2010, there was a lot of funding but the UN has struggled for years to fund its cholera elimination plan. Now, a UN spokesman has promised a new approach and “material assistance and support” for Haiti’s cholera victims. IJDH’s Beatrice Lindstrom says “If the U.N. does present a robust response that responds to victims’ rights, it would make further litigation unnecessary.” Cholera blamed on U.N. peacekeepers surges in Haiti as funding vanishes Makini Brice, Reuters September 9, 2016 U.N.-led foreign funding has dried up for Haiti’s fight against cholera, thought to have been introduced by Nepali peacekeepers, triggering a surge of deaths this year even as the global […]

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