Jean-Claude Duvalier must not be allowed to evade justice in Haiti

Posted on Wednesday 6 February 2013

Press release from Amnesty International
Transmitted to AlterPresse on February 6, 2013
Former Haitian leader Jean-Claude Duvalier must not be allowed to evade justice for his alleged responsibility for crimes against humanity committed during his time in office and the victims must receive reparations, Amnesty International said as a Court was due to hear an appeal on the case against the former President known as "Baby Doc".
During the hearing, the Court will assess a request by victims’ families and survivors of torture, illegal executions and enforced disappearances during (...)

Women politicians start to dismantle “men’s clubs” across the Caribbean

Posted on Thursday 31 January 2013

Accused of building their own “palaces” and not speaking “Queen’s English”, women leaders across the Caribbean slowly but surely start to take the reins of power.
By Robert Shaw
Bogota, Jan. 31, 2013 [AlterPresse] --- As women politicians from Haiti to Trinidad and Tobago push hard to break into Caribbean politics, change is beginning to blow through the halls of the established “men’s clubs” that have long dominated the policy circles of these island nations.
“Women [in this region] are still judged by appearance over merit and it’s still too often about how you dress,” Angela Bruce-Raeburn, a (...)

Haiti : Women in Politics – Exclusive Interview with former Haitian Prime Minister, Michelle Pierre-Louis

Posted on Monday 28 January 2013

By Robert Shaw
P-au-P., 28 jan. 2013 [AlterPresse] --- In the current Martelly-Lamothe administration (2011-2016) from 23 Ministries there are now 10 women ministers who represent 44% of the Government:
1. Minister of Finance and Economy - Marie Carmelle Jean-Marie

2. Minister of Tourism - Stéphanie Balmir Villedrouin
3. Minister-Delegate to the Prime Minister for Human Rights and the Fight Against Extreme Poverty - Marie Carmelle Rose Anne Auguste
4. Minister-Delegate to the Prime Minister in charge of Promoting the Peasantry - Marie Mimose Félix
5. Minister of Womens’ Affairs and (...)

Haitians in Venezuela: Ice cream, human trafficking and the shantytowns of Caracas

Posted on Wednesday 19 December 2012

Now almost 3 years after the earthquake that rocked Haiti’s shores, AlterPresse takes a closer look at life in Venezuela, a country that has received an ever-increasing flux of Haitian migrants.
By Robert Shaw
Bogota, Dec. 19, 2012 [AlterPresse] --- Urdaneta Avenue, once known as the "power street" in the boom years of Caracas with its bulging banks and high-flying stockbrokers, has now become home to beggars huddled outside rundown restaurants and Haitians selling ice cream to passersby who jump to avoid stepping in excrement - human or animal – as they listen to the joyful ringing sound (...)

US 2012 Elections: Haitian-American views on immigration, economy and healthcare

Posted on Tuesday 6 November 2012

Updated on 12:00
By Robert Shaw
Bogota, Nov. 6, 2012 [AlterPresse] --- As voting in the 2012 US election kicks off today (Nov. 6, 2012), US opinion polls have the Democrat and Republican candidates neck and neck at 48% a piece. AlterPresse talks to the Haitian diaspora about the main issues at stake.
“On key issues like immigration, health and the economy, Haitian voters in the US are simply scared of what the Republican candidate stands for,” says Jocelyn McCalla, a Haitian policy analyst based in the US. “A win for Romney’s team would spell a return of “white” to the White House,” he (...)

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