Haiti : "Preval prevailed because he offers the best hope to pull Haiti out of the abyss"

Posted on Thursday 23 February 2006

By JR Larrieux
In reaction to the Marie-Frantz Joachim article’s : “Vive l’utopie d’une Haiti nouvelleâ€
Submitted to AlterPresse on February 19, 2006
To the Editorial board of AlterPresse and Marie Frantz Joachim
I appreciate very much that the debate about Rene Preval and the other two candidates to have achieved a minimum of success in the elections, continues in the Haitian Media. I would like to suggest that the author has only reluctantly accepted Preval’s victory. She failed to demonstrate even the appearance of objectivity and fairness in her writing. Preval is demonized because (...)

Haiti - Elections : “How the international community can best help ?”

Posted on Wednesday 8 February 2006

By Charles Arthur
London, 8 Feb. 06 [AlterPresse] --- In a new briefing paper entitled, "Hope against the odds - What elections promise for Haiti", the British development organisation, Christian Aid, has made a number of recommendations on how the international community can best help Haiti move forward.
With regard to the election process that began yesterday (February 7, 2006) with the first round voting for the Presidency and the Parliament, Christian Aid says the international community, including the United Kingdom (UK), must be alert to the destabilising tactics of certain (...)

Haiti Support Group hopes that fears of election-day violence will prove to be unfounded

Posted on Monday 6 February 2006

Haiti Support Group press release
Transmitted to AlterPresse on 6 February 2006
In common with many others concerned with the elections to be held in Haiti on Tuesday, 7th February 2006, the British solidarity organisation, the Haiti Support Group hopes that fears of election-day violence will prove to be unfounded.
We note the words of Helen Spraos, Christian Aid’s country representative, who said: "All it will take is for a few people to start shooting into the air in certain places, and people will not risk coming out to vote."
Yolette Etienne, Oxfam’s Country Programme Manager for (...)

Haiti - Election : The bill

Posted on Saturday 4 February 2006

Parts of a UNDP document
Submitted to AlterPresse on February 2, 2006
The international community, through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has contributed US$59,026,754 in support of the electoral process in Haiti. The funds come respectively from the Haitian government (US$2,900,000), Canada (US$16,160,183), the European Union (US$20,481,389), the United States of America (US$17,194,424), Brazil (US$1,000,000) and Japan (US$890,757). UNDP has also directly contributed (US$400,000).
UNDP, which receives and administers financial contributions from those supporting (...)

Murder in the Caribbean - how does Haiti compare?

Posted on Friday 3 February 2006

By Charles Arthur for ’Eye on the Caribbean’, an AlterPresse service in conjunction with the Haiti Support Group Most countries keep statistics of how many murders (or homicides) take place on their territory, and many publish a total at the end of each calendar year. In Haiti, such statistics are hard to come by. Neither the police nor the judicial authorities have much of a presence in the rural areas of the country, where two-thirds of the population live, and even in provincial towns, if the authorities or local human rights organizations are keeping records, the results are not (...)

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