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Human Rights Defender, Daniel Dorsinvil, and Wife Murdered

February 8th, during a walk in Port-au-Prince, Daniel Dorsinvil and his wife were shot and killed. Many are calling this double murder an attack on the human rights community. Human rights leader and wife assassinated The Sentinel Staff, The Sentinel February 10, 2014 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti ( – The general coordinator of an organization comprising eight of the largest human rights organizations in Haiti was shot dead, along with his wife, in Port-au-Prince Saturday. Daniel Dorsinvil and his wife Girldy Larêche were walking in Canapé Vert, an office and business district in Port-au-Prince, on Saturday at 2 in the afternoon when they were coldly gunned down by unknown individuals. Dorsinvil is the General Coordinator of the Platform of Haitian Human Rights Organizations (POHDH), a coalition of Haiti’s human rights organizations that include the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights (RNDDH). The two […]

Haitians outraged at arrest of activist attorney Andre Michel

The night of October 22, a spontaneous demonstration broke in Port-au-Prince because of the wrongful detention of Haitian political activist attorney Andre Michel.  Below are articles about the situation. Cliquez ICI pour des articles en Français. Haiti: Protests Abound after Arrest of Human Rights Lawyer Andre Michel The Sentinel Staff, The Sentinel October 22, 2013 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti ( – Disorder is prevailing as a crowd has amassed in the streets of Port-au-Prince after police conducted on Tuesday evening the arrest of the Human Rights Lawyer André Michel, who has pursuing a corruption suit against First Lady Sophia Martelly and her son Olivier. The latest information says agents of CIMO have barricaded the police station to not allow anyone to enter, journalists or citizens, the premises. After parking his car near police sub-station in Martissant, police struggled to take Andre Michel from his […]

MINUSTAH Rape Victim Seeks Justice

Yet again, a UN soldier was the perpetrator of rape.  The 18-year-old victim is now seeking justice. New Case of UN Peacekeeper Involved Rape in Haiti Author unnamed, September 16, 2013 LEOGANE, Haiti ( – An 18 year old woman, pulled over while traveling on Route National 2, in the town of Leogane, Saturday, was raped and sodomized by a soldier of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti. This is the latest of chronic crimes of sexual violence committed by UN peacekeepers in Haiti. The identity of the victim has been kept confidential in this report and edited from the accompanying audio file. Currently hospitalized in Petit-Goave, Police Inspector Wilson Hyppolite said 18 year-old R███████ L████ born in Port-au-Prince, on June 28, 1995 is allegedly a victim of rape by a Sri Lankan soldier. According to Hyppolite, who read […]

Representatives of 31 countries demand UN troops to leave Haiti in 2014

The Sentinel June 3, 2013  PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti ( – Representatives from 31 countries attended the Continental Conference for the Withdrawal of MINUSTAH held in Port-au-Prince on Friday and Saturday under the theme “Unite for the departure of MINUSTAH”. A resolution was signed at the conference for the total withdraw of the United Nations peacekeeping forces from Haiti by May 28, 2014. The two-day conference resulted in a resolution of six articles, one of which is Article 4, which calls for a strengthen of the National Police of Haiti by a legislative increase in the 2013-14 budget. Other articles called for the immediate removal of soldiers of the United Nations from Haiti, a negative vote for renewal of the mandate of the peacekeeping mission by the United Nations Security Council, and protest alongside Haitians for damages to be paid for victims […]

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