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Rising Tensions Drive Increased Security at Dominican Consulates

Tensions between the Dominican Republic and Haiti have continued to increase due to tightening restrictions on citizenship, strict border security forces in the Dominican Republic, and the recent lynching of a Haitian man in the Dominican Republic. After 10,000 Haitians protested in Port-au-Prince against the mistreatment of Haitians in the Dominican Republic, five Dominican consulates in Haiti were shut down. Now, Haiti has consequently increased security at the diplomatic missions. Haiti promises to tighten security at Dominican consulates as tensions increase Gabrielle Meyer, Voxxi March 9, 2015 Less than a week after the Dominican Republic announced the closing of five consulates in Haiti due to the rising “aggression” between the neighboring countries, the Haitian State has promised to tighten up security at the Dominican diplomatic missions. “We welcome this measure to increase security around our diplomatic missions provided by the government […]

Violence Against Internally Displaced Women Must End

This press release explains the risks of gender-based violence, discrimination, and sexual violence that women in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps face constantly. Sometimes, these tactics are used to instill fear during wars. Other times, women must choose between sending a male relative out though he might be killed, or going out themselves and risk being raped but at least surviving. Much needs to be done to prevent these forms of violence, and also to support the survivors. Part of the press release is below. Click HERE for the full text. Eliminate violence against internally displaced women and girls, say UN Experts For the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights November 25, 2014 GENEVA (25 November 2014) – Stronger, concerted efforts by all national and international actors are […]

Action Alert – Haiti: Lawyers in Haiti Threatened and Intimidated

UA: 279/12 Index: AMR 36/009/2012 Haiti Date: 4 October 2012 URGENT ACTION LAWYERS IN HAITI THREATENED AND INTIMIDATED Three lawyers in Haiti are reporting an increase of threats and intimidation against them in recent months. They believe they may be targeted for their activism and criticisms against the Haitian government. On 28 September, the Chief Prosecutor of Port-au-Prince, Jean Renel Sénatus, was interviewed at local radio station, where he discussed his dismissal by the Ministry of Justice because he refused to implement a ministerial order to arrest 36 political opponents. It is not clear on which grounds these arrests had been ordered. The Ministry of Justice denied having given such orders. Among the 36 political opponents were the names of lawyers Mario Joseph, Newton St-Juste andAndré Michel. Mario Joseph is a prominent human rights lawyer who is involved in sensitive judicial cases such […]

Haiti, Occupied Country (Haiti Liberte)

By Eduardo Galeano, Haiti Liberte Oct 6, 2011 Consult any encyclopedia. Ask which was the first free country in America. You will get the same answer: the United States. But the United States declared its independence when it was a nation with 650,000 slaves who remained so for another century, and its first Constitution said that a black slave was equal to three fifths of a person. And if you ask any encyclopedia which was the first country to abolish slavery, you will always get the same answer: England. But the first country that abolished slavery was not England, but Haiti, which is still expiating the sin of its dignity. The black slaves of Haiti defeated Napoleon Bonaparte’s glorious army, and Europe never forgave the humiliation. For over a century and half, Haiti paid France a huge compensation for being […]

An Interview on Privatization with CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot and Dean Baker

By: Joe Emersberger – Haitian President Ren� Pr�val recently announced the privatization of T�l�co, the state telephone company. HaitiAnalysis approached two economists, Dean Baker and Mark Weisbrot, co-founders of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) with questions about privatization. One of Preval’s arguments for privatizing Teleco has been that its employee per subscriber ratio is much higher than other companies operating in Haiti. What do you think of that as an argument for privatization? MARK WEISBROT: Dean has made the main points [below]. I would just add that I was consultant to Aristide’s first government when they first came under enormous pressure to privatize the telephone, electricity, cement and other companies, in 1996. At the time, the pressure was clearly from the US government and it was on behalf of private companies like MCI here. Even the […]

Preval Urges Public’s Help in Improving Security so UN Can Leave

AP Friday, May 19, 2006 L’ARCAHAIE, Haiti (AP) – President Rene Preval yesterday urged Haitians to help his fledgling government restore security so UN peacekeepers can leave, saying the troubled country can’t control its destiny with the presence of “foreign troops”. Preval, who took power Sunday, said the 9,000-strong UN force was still needed to provide security in the bitterly divided Caribbean nation. But he made it clear that he would prefer that the international troops leave Haiti. “The faster we can achieve peace, the faster they can leave,” he told a cheering crowd of several thousand in this seaside town 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of the capital, Port-au-Prince. “Why are we not the owners of our land? Because we have foreign troops in our land.” Preval spoke at a ceremony marking the 203rd anniversary of Haiti’s Flag, an […]

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