Human rights, not politics, should be priority for Haiti

Posted on Tuesday 12 September 2006

By Michael Deibert
Submitted to AlterPresse on September 11, 2006
A recent article in the British medical journal The Lancet ’Human rights abuse and other criminal violations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti: a random survey of households,†rather than serving as a sober analysis of the myriad of human rights abuses that occurred under Haiti’s 2004-2006 interim government, appears to be little more than part of an ongoing attempt to rehabilitate the public image of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and elements of his political party, Fanmi Lavalas .
The article in (...)

Caribbean police associations want the Haitian force to participate

Posted on Friday 8 September 2006

By Charles Arthur
London, 8 Sep. 06 [AlterPresse] --- Two associations representing police officers from the Caribbean region have renewed requests for Haiti to join them. They are reacting to news that a delegation from the Haitian National Police (HNP) has participated in a meeting of women police officers from Central America and the Dominican Republic held in El Salvador in August.
Writing on behalf of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP) president, Commissioner Paul Farquharson, Staff Officer Stephen Adderley of the Royal Bahamas Police Force stated that ACCP (...)

Haiti rejoins CARICOM

Posted on Thursday 24 August 2006

By Charles Arthur for ’Eye on the Caribbean’, an AlterPresse service in conjunction with the Haiti Support Group
AlterPresse, 24 August 2006
At the CARICOM heads of state meeting in St Kitts and Nevis in early July, Haiti was finally readmitted as a full participating member of the Caribbean regional body, bringing an end to a suspension that lasted more than two years.
Following the collapse of the Lavalas Family party government and its replacement by the interim government administration headed by Gérard Latortue in March 2004, Caribbean leaders said that the very basis of electoral (...)

The slave trade and slavery remains " at the very centre of the burning issues of today’s world ", said Koïchiro Matsuura

Posted on Tuesday 22 August 2006

Message from Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, 23 August 2006
Transmitted to AlterPresse on August 22, 2006
The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is an important occasion to remind the international community of the particularity of this tragedy, of its persisting consequences for modern societies, and of the role played by both enslaved Africans and abolitionists in bringing to an end this crime against humanity.
The decision of (...)

Haiti-USA-Health : RFK Memorial takes treasury department to court

Posted on Wednesday 16 August 2006

By the The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights
Submitted to AlterPresse on Aug 14, 2006
The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights asked a federal court today to order the U.S. Treasury Department to reveal records of its role in suspending loans destined for vital public health projects in Haiti. The RFK Center filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request almost three years ago seeking correspondence and documents related to Treasury’s intervention with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on infrastructure loans to Haiti. After Treasury’s (...)

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