Fleeing wars in their own country, more than twenty refugees have sought asylum in Haiti, according to the UN

June 23, 2018
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Like other countries, Haiti offers refuge to people fleeing wars and persecution in many parts of the world. This is what Junior Remy Mauvais, liaison officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, said in an interview with the newspaper on June 20 (World Refugee Day). According to him, these refugees, about twenty, are from the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, etc. "These areas are plagued by conflict and persecution for religious reasons. The people concerned made their asylum application in Haiti. Some have already been granted refugee status. Others are still asylum seekers waiting for their applications to be approved, "he said.

Junior Rémy Mauvais did not wish to provide more information about these people, arguing protection reasons. Asked more about why these people have chosen Haiti, the least developed country in the Americas, Junior Rémy Mauvais makes two arguments. "Haiti offers migration facilities that some countries do not offer. Consular representations do not make many requirements for those wishing to obtain a visa from Haiti. This document can also be obtained on site in Haiti. In addition, we are a transit country to other countries, especially to the United States, "he said.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees settled in Haiti in 2010 after the earthquake. "We are responsible for protecting refugees. Our mandate extends to refugees, but also to stateless people and IDPs, "said Junior Rémy Mauvais, noting that the organization began operations in Haiti after the signing of the headquarters agreement in 2014.

In Haiti, says Junior Rémy Mauvais, UNHCR works with the Haitian government on several aspects. "We are working with the authorities to welcome refugees from other countries to give them international protection. This small group of refugees that we have in Haiti comes under our jurisdiction because the government does not yet have a normative framework for the care of these people, "he said.

With the Haitian authorities, UNHCR works to prevent and reduce statelessness. In this sense, advance Mr. Mauvais, the Haitian Parliament had ratified, last March, the two conventions on statutes of stateless persons and the reduction of the cases of statelessness. "We are working with the government to reach a normative framework for refugee status determination," he said.

According to the UNHCR Liaison Officer, based on Article A of the 1951 Geneva Convention, a refugee is an individual who is forced to leave the community where he resides to seek protection in another country. "This individual is considered a refugee because he is persecuted because of his religion, ethnicity, political opinion, sexual orientation and so on. He explains, suggesting not to conflate migrants with refugees. "A migrant moves on his own in search of opportunities or for his well-being," he says.
 

President Moise inaugurated the rehabilitation of three turbines at the Péligre hydroelectric plant

June 22, 2018
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Haitian President, Jovenel Moïse, accompanied, among others, the Minister of Public Works Transport and Communications, Fritz Caillot, the Director General of EDH, Hervé Pierre Louis, the Director General of the Regulatory Authority of the energy sector (ANARSE) Dr. Evenson Calixte, and in the presence of the senators of the Center, Wilot Joseph, Rony Celestin, Wilfrid Gélin and the deputy of Boucan Carré, Jude Jean, as well as other local elected officials, proceeded to putting back int...

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Haiti will impose stiff tariffs on 22, mostly Dominican products

June 21, 2018
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A document of the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF), titled "Customs Policy: Encouraging National Production", whose electronic version has been drafted, informs the Haitian executive's willingness to give a boost to domestic production by raising tariffs on generally imported products.

This document circulated by the MEF at the beginning of the week lists 22 families of products (food, beverages of all kinds, paint, tobacco, etc.), imported for years, and which could be supplied by compan...

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World Cup: Haitian Government gives 10 TVs to each Senator

June 19, 2018
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The information is not surprising as it is in the habits of the government: grant allowances to members of the Senate, in short to parliamentarians - the 29 senators and 118 deputies - which often translate into money sometimes in cash. For the 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup in Russia, each senator has received ten televisions [38 to 52 inches] from the government. Nobody knows how much money is being spent on the state's already drained coffers for such an investment.

The Senate office an...

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Breaking News: Three Haitians in Chile died asphyxiated by carbon monoxide

June 17, 2018
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The PDI Homicide Brigade of Chile is investigating the death of three people of Haitian nationality who were found dead  in an address of the Santa Gertrudis , in the Coelemu, Ñuble Region . 

The fatal victims are a couple who shared a house on Pedro Aguirre Cerda street and who lit coal in a brazier to warm up the house due to cold temperature during the night.

A woman, who managed to survive and alerted the owner of the property, found the three bodies without life on a bed: 2 men and a woma...

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Dominican Senator whose assets was frozen in the US for corruption in Haiti, rejects accusations and said Haiti owes him $50 million

June 16, 2018
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The day after the announcement of several sanctions by the US administration pronounced against him, Dominican Senator Felix Bautista has dismissed the accusations of corruption and embezzlement. In a statement posted on his Instagram account, Senator Bautista, close to former President of the Dominican Republic Leonel Fernandez, made the following statement: "Neither I nor the commercial companies of which I am a shareholder have bank accounts or assets of any kind in the United States. "

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Vietnam "stands ready" to strengthen economic and diplomatic ties with Haiti, said Vietnamese Ambassador

June 16, 2018


Vietnam stands ready to step up relations with Haiti, Vietnamese Ambassador to Cuba and Haiti Nguyen Trung Thanh affirmed while presenting his credentials to the Haitian President Jovenel Moise last Wednesday, June 13th.

During the meeting, the Vietnamese diplomat suggested both sides enhance delegation exchanges, bolster cooperation in economy, trade, investment, telecommunications and agriculture as well as coordinate closely at multilateral forums.

On the occasion, he conveyed President Tran...

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Oxfam reacts to the decision of the Haitian government to revoke Its operations in Haiti

June 14, 2018
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“Oxfam is disappointed but understands the Haiti Government’s decision to withdraw Oxfam Great Britain’s permission to work in Haiti. The behaviour of some former Oxfam staff working in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake was completely unacceptable. We have apologized to the government and the Haitian people for what happened. 

Haiti definitively withdraws Oxfam's authorization to work in the country following sex abuse scandal


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Haiti definitively withdraws Oxfam's authorization to work in the country following sex abuse scandal

June 13, 2018
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The Haitian Government announced on Wednesday that it has definitively withdrawn the authorization of the charitable company Oxfam to work in the country, in response to the scandal uncovered last February on the alleged sexual abuse committed by some employees of the British NGO within the framework of the humanitarian crisis of 2010.

In a statement signed by three ministries-Interior, Communication and Foreign Cooperation and Planning- the government has indicated that it withdraws Oxfam’s...

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The United States has frozen the assets of a Dominican Senator for Corruption in Haiti

June 13, 2018
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The US administration has imposed heavy penalties on Tuesday June 12, 2018 on Dominican Senator and businessman Félix Ramon Bautista Rosario, accused of having participated in acts of corruption in Haiti after the earthquake of 2010, announced the Miami Herald. Within a day, the senator has seen all his assets in the United States frozen, his US visa and those of his family members canceled and US citizens are now prohibited from doing business with the five companies owned or controlled by ...

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