Haiti-Switzerland-Duvalier : NGOs demand the freezing of funds of “former dictators” as long as necessary

Posted on vendredi 15 juin 2007

Translated from French by Menno Ernst
Thursday 14th June 2007
P-au-P, June 14 th 2007 [AlterPresse] --- Some twenty organizations and Swiss and international solidarity networks demand from the Swiss authorities the blocking of "the money of former potentates", of whom the Haitian ex dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, "as long as necessary to allow the legal authorities of the countries concerned to take action”.
This request is stated in a letter addressed to the President of the Confederation, Micheline Calmy-Rey, and to the federal Adviser Christoph Blocher, indicates a note transmitted (...)

Haiti : Alternative Means to Improve Peasant Production Methods

Posted on jeudi 14 juin 2007

Wednesday 13th June 2007
By Menno Ernst
Gressier (Haiti), June 13 th 2007 [AlterPresse] --- At Ti Boukan, a locality of Gressier (at about 30 kilometers south of Port-au-Prince), on an undulating terrain with a surface of more than 8 Ha, is at the end of the 1970’s an experimental farm established, under the auspices of the non governmental organization named Institute of Technology and Animation (Iteca) (1), notices the online agency AlterPresse during a visit to the site.
The objectif of the production at the experimental farm of Ti Boukan is not, in the first place, animalizing the (...)

Haiti : Strike of Public Transport against price increase of petrol products

Posted on mercredi 13 juin 2007

Translated from French by Menno Ernst
Tuesday 12th June 2007
P-au-P, June 12th, 2007 [AlterPresse] --- Hundreds of people, students, young girls and young boys, women and men, are walking around by foot or are waiting, at different crossroads in the metropolitan area of the capital, to find some kind of transport vehicle together during the first ours of this Tuesday 12th of June, notifies the online agency AlterPresse.
Taxis, vans and other tap tap (name given to public transport vehicles) are very rare in various streets of Port-au-Prince, in the north and in the south, from the east (...)

Haiti – Dominican Republic : Santo Domingo in state of alarm attempts to find the support of the OAS

Posted on mercredi 6 juin 2007

Translated from French by Menno Ernst
Tuesday 5th June 2007
By Karole Gizolme and Anne Lescot
Revived by AlterPresse
With the kind permission of www.gensdelacaraibe.org
On the XXXVIIth summit of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Panama, the Dominican minister of foreign affairs, Carlos Morales Troncoso, will lay down, this Tuesday 5th June, a resolution condemning what he defines as a "slander campaign" against his country, the event Slaves in Paradise, which will be held in Paris as from 15th June.
A photo exhibition, a symposium and the projection of documentaries (...)

Haiti-Duvalier : Swiss government extends freeze on Duvalier’s accounts

Posted on mercredi 6 juin 2007

Press release of Haiti Support Group
Submitted to AlterPresse on 4 June 2007
Good news ! - Following legal moves by a Miami-based law firm representing two victims of the Duvalier dictatorship, and a spirited lobbying campaign by Haitian, Latin American and European NGOs over the last week, the Swiss government on Friday announced it had extended a freeze on Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier’s Swiss bank accounts for a further three months.
The money, 7.6m Swiss francs (£3.1m/US$6.2m), has been frozen for the past five years as the Haitian government has argued for its release, but was due (...)

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