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Haiti and CARICOM’s 20/20 Vision

Posted on Thursday 19 July 2007

By Ericq Pierre
Submitted to AlterPresse on 18 July 2007
It is rather unfortunate that the recent Conference on the Caribbean held 19-21 June 2007 in Washington D.C. seems not to have elicited much interest in Haiti. Some of the press commentary even described it as a useless endeavor, or even a total failure. The reason may be that the conference was wrongly perceived as a United States/CARICOM summit, although it appears to have been held in Washington D.C. merely for logistical reasons.
The press’s disenchantment may also stem from the fact that the U.S. government’s representative at (...)

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 (...)

Haiti-Dominican Rep. : An Appeal to Decency on behalf of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent

Posted on vendredi 1er juin 2007

By Michael Deibert
Address to Journalists & Editors Workshop on Latin America and the Caribbean delivered at the Biscayne Bay Marriott Hotel, May 12, 2007 Miami, Florida
Submitted to AlterPresse on May 15, 2007
Sharing the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, which its indigenous Arawak inhabitants had historically called Haiti, which meant “mountainous land,“ and Quisqueya, meaning “vast country,” the present day nations of Haiti and the Dominican Republic have shared a long and complex history together. It has been a history suffused with mutual resentments, suspicions and hostilities, (...)

Dominican Republic Threatens to Revoke RFK Laureate Sonia Pierre’s Citizenship

Posted on samedi 31 mars 2007

Press release of Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights
Submitted to AlterPresse on 31 March 2007
Washington, DC—The Dominican Republic is threatening to revoke the birth certificate of Dominican human rights defender Sonia Pierre, 2006 RFK Human Rights Award winner. Despite being a Dominican citizen born in Batey Lecharia, Dominican Republic, the Administrative Chamber of the Dominican Republic’s Electoral Board (JCE) now threatens to strip her of her human right to nationality without due process. Members of the JCE have requested the annulment of Sonia’s birth certificate (...)

Haiti Support Group calls on donors to honour pledges to support the government’s rapid impact social and economic programme

Posted on jeudi 29 mars 2007

Press release of the Haiti Support Group
Submitted to AlterPresse on 29 March 2007
The British solidarity organisation, the Haiti Support Group, is very concerned about the slow disbursement of international assistance for the government of Haiti’s programme to urgently address social and economic needs in the most impoverished and conflict-prone areas.
The Haitian government unveiled its Social Appeasement Programme (in French : Programme d’Apaisement Social, PAS) in June 2006, and it received strong support from participants at international donor conferences on Haiti in July and (...)

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