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Task Force on the Americas Supports Haiti Elections Redo

This is an open letter to Michael Gayle at the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, drafted by members of the April delegation to Haiti and sent on June 3. The delegation met with Mr. Gayle on April 22. ————————- June 3, 2016 Michael Gayle Deputy Political Counselor Embassy of the United States of America Blvd. du 15 Octobre Tabarre 41 Port au Prince, Haiti Dear Michael: On behalf of the delegation from Task Force on the Americas who visited you on April 22, 2016, we’d like to thank you again for the time you took to meet with us. We have since then been following with great interest the developments in Haiti’s electoral crisis. On April 28 provisional President Privert convened the election verification commission that had been widely demanded by nearly all constituencies, giving it 30 days to complete its […]

Haitian Cholera Victims Deliver 2,000 Personal Letters to United States Embassy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Kermshlise Picard, Communications Coordinator, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, ; 617-652-0876 (English, Haitian Creole) Haitian Cholera Victims Deliver 2,000 Personal Letters to United States Embassy Appeal for US action on UN cholera PORT-AU-PRINCE, May 10 2016— Victims of the ongoing cholera epidemic brought to Haiti by UN peacekeepers will hold a demonstration and hand deliver over 2000 personal letters appealing for justice to the United States Embassy in Port-au-Prince this Thursday 12 May. Victims are calling on the U.S. government to stop defending the UN’s immunity and instead use its power and influence to press the world body to provide reparations in accordance with its legal obligations. “The U.S is one of the most powerful countries in the world, a permanent member of the Security Council and the host state for the United […]

Feed the Future West Empowers Woman Farmers

The Feed the Future/West WINNER program empowers Haitian woman farmers while also improving local Haitian economies.  These women were celebrated on the UN’s International Day of Rural Women, October 24th. USAID and Haitian Women Farmers Celebrate Rural Women’s Achievements Press Release from Embassy of the United States in Port-au-Prince October 29, 2013 USAID Mission Director John Groarke visits with Haitian farmers. The Feed the Future West/ WINNER program celebrated of the United Nations’ International Day of Rural Women October 24.  The event honored the achievements of Haitian women farmers who support their families and contribute to the local economy through producing vegetables, fruits and other farm products.  The event was attended by USAID Mission Director John Groarke and representatives of Haitian government and women farmers.  It was organized in collaboration with the Ministry Delegated for the Promotion of the Peasantry; […]

U.S. Visas Denied: The Story of How One Haitian Ex-Pat Can’t Get His Kids Out of Quake-Damaged Haiti

This Week in Haiti” is the English section of HAITI LIBERTE newsweekly. For the complete edition with other news in French and Creole, please contact the paper at (tel) 718-421-0162, (fax) 718-421-3471 or e-mail at Also visit our website at <>. by Alexander Contos, HAITI LIBERTE “Justice. Verite. Independance.” February 10 – 16, 2010 Vol. 3, No. 30 * THIS WEEK IN HAITI * U.S. VISAS DENIED: THE STORY OF HOW ONE HAITIAN EX-PAT CAN’T GET HIS KIDS OUT OF QUAKE-DAMAGED HAITI In the days following Haiti’s catastrophic Jan. 12 earthquake, U.S. military planes flew untold dozens of Haitian children – some of them orphans, some not – to orphanages in the U.S. At the same time, Evens Colas, a naturalized U.S. citizen, spent weeks petitioning the U.S. Embassy in Haiti to get his own two Haitian-born children – ages 13 […]

US Embassy in Haiti acknowledges excessive force by UN

US Embassy in Haiti acknowledges excessive force by UN Photos: �2006 Haiti Information Project HIP – Port au Prince, Haiti � In the early morning hours of July 6, 2005 more than 350 UN troops stormed the seaside shantytown of Cite Soleil in a military operation with the stated purpose of halting violence in Haiti. When the shooting stopped seven hours later, more than 26 people, the majority of them unarmed civilians lie dead with scores more wounded. Officially, the UN responded that they only opened fire after being fired upon and discounted non-combatant casualties. Further, the UN claimed that only six people, who they described as “bandits,” had been killed during the military operation. According to documents provided to HIP by a researcher who obtained them under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the U.S. Embassy and various intelligence […]

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