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Port-au-Prince Reconstruction Causes New Wave of Homelessness

The Haitian government has begun demolishing homes in Port-au-Prince to make way for modern reconstruction of the capital and its government buildings. Some families were only given minutes to vacate their homes before the demolition began and many have lost their belongings in the rubble. Many of these families had only just moved into subsidized housing from their post-quake tents and are now back in tent camps or living with relatives. Haiti needs respect for housing rights in order for reconstruction to truly be successful. Plans to rebuild Haiti capital displace families David McFadden, My San Antonio July 21, 2014 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The broad avenues in the Haitian government’s promotional material are clean and unbroken, dotted with palm trees, parks and manicured expanses of grass. The new ministry buildings are sleek and modern but retain some of the […]

Dominican Children Denied Education Due to Haitian Ancestry

Due to misinterpretations of Dominican Republic law, many children with Haitian ancestry are being denied an education in DR. This is yet another consequence of the September 2013 immigration ruling that strips citizenship from countless Dominicans of Haitian ancestry. Report: Education limited for Dominican-Haitians Danica Coto, My San Antonio April 11, 2014 SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Children of Haitian descent born in the Dominican Republic are increasingly being barred from attending school following a court ruling that could lead to tens of thousands of people being stripped of their citizenship, according to a report released Friday. Dozens of families with school-age children say they are being turned away or harassed due to arbitrary interpretations of the court ruling and Dominican laws, according to researchers at theHuman Rights Institute at Georgetown University Law Center who compiled the report. As a result, some children […]

Haiti Police Investigate Murders of Daniel Dorsinvil and Wife

Human rights leader Daniel Dorsinvil and his wife were shot and killed February 8th while walking in Port-au-Prince. Many believe this was an attack on the human rights community, as other Haitian human rights defenders have faced constant threats and intimidation in the past. Police in Haiti probe killing of rights activist San Antonio Express February 10, 2014 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Police detectives are investigating the slaying of a human rights activist and his wife, Haitian authorities said Monday. Police spokesman Gary Desrosiers told Radio Caraibes that Daniel Dorsinvil and Girldy Lareche were killed Saturday by a lone gunman as they walked through a residential neighborhood in the capital, Port-au-Prince. Desrosiers didn’t cite a motive for the killing, though he acknowledged reports that the couple were either killed in a robbery or targeted because of the husband’s activism. Dorsinvil was coordinator […]

Haitian immigrants need expedited entry

San Antonio Express Editorial Pledges from individuals and governments to help the people of Haiti are a distant memory. Aid to rebuild the impoverished nation is trickling in. Six months after a devastating earthquake took as many as 300,000 lives, the world has moved on. Donor nations committed to send $5.3 billion at a March aid conference. CNN reports less than 2 percent of that aid has actually been delivered. Of the $1.15 billion American pledge, nothing has yet been paid. The humanitarian catastrophe in Haiti, however, continues. The U.S. funds are tied up in the congressional appropriations process. Even if they were released today, it would take weeks, perhaps months, before the funds would make it through the international bureaucracy to the people who actually need it. That needs to be done. But there’s an immediate way the United […]

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