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Haiti : Overpopulation of Prisons and Discrimination against Women and Children

Posted on vendredi 27 avril 2007

P-au-P., 27 Apr. 07 [AlterPresse] --- The conditions of detention in the national Penitentiary, the largest civil prison of Port-au-Prince, are causing increasing concerns by human rights organizations, of which the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States (OAS).
« The national Penitentiary, built for a maximum of 800 persons, is actually lodging more than 2500 prisoners, of whom 2418 are still waiting to be judged », remarks the IACHR at the end of its recent visit to the Haitian capital.
This one week visit endeavours to obtain information (...)

Haiti is taking « a new significant step in the struggle against armed gangs », according to the UN

Posted on mercredi 25 avril 2007

P-au-P, April 25 th, 07 [AlterPresse] — The arrest of gang leader Belony Pierre on the 21st of April at St Michel de l’Attalaye (North in Haiti) by the national police « marks a new significant step in the struggle against armed gangs » in Haiti, estimated The United Nations in a note transmitted to haitian on line agency AlterPresse.
The Struggle against gangs in Haiti « has intensified during the last months, with the support of the United Nation’s Mission for Stabilisation in Haiti (MINUSTAH) », as has been indicated to AlterPresse by a dispatch of the UN News Centre.
The MINUSTAH has (...)

Trinidad : Prime Minister accused of spying on judges

Posted on Wednesday 10 May 2006

Port of Spain, 10 May. 06 [AlterPresse] --- Prime Minister Patrick Manning has been accused of spying on judges in an attempt to control the judiciary.
In fact, Manning is being accused of not only focusing his personal “spying machine” on judges but lawyers as well, former Attorney General Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj says.
Refusing to disclose his source but not backing down from his accusations, Maharaj made the disclosure yesterday at a meeting of East Port-of-Spain residents at Duncan Street.
“A lot of pressure is being put on judges,” Maharaj claimed.
“As a matter of fact, the Prime (...)

Trinidad - Drug : Wanted Trini held at London’s Heathrow Airport

Posted on Tuesday 9 May 2006

Port of Spain, 9 May 06 [AlterPresse] --- A suspected drug lord, who fled the country after was wrongly freed by Justice Herbert Volney, has been arrested in London.
Rick Anthony Gomes was held on Friday at London’s Heathrow Airport and was yesterday taken to the Bow Street Magistrate’s Court in Middlesex, England, where he was informed that the Trinidad and Tobago Government wanted him extradited to this country to face drug trafficking charges.
Gomes and Venezuelan Luis Blanco Gomez were in 1998 charged with possession of 17 packets of cocaine, weighing 25.5 kilos, for the purpose of (...)

Caribean : Next talks Barbados / Trinidad for fishing in international territorial waters

Posted on Sunday 23 April 2006

By Exilus Deceyon
Port of Spain, April 23 rd 2006 [AlterPresse] --- Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) and Barbados next must engage negotiations in order to regulate fishing between the two caribean countries in its international territorial waters, learned the agency in line AlterPresse.
Barbados Prime Minister, Owen Arthur, has written to T&T Prime Minister, Patrick Manning, seeking to expedite negotiation between the two countries which would lead to Barbadian fishermen catching flying fish in T&T’s waters.
“He has written me on that matter and I had a brief discussion with him. (...)

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