Breaking News: Haitian government temporarily suspends Oxfam license to operate in Haiti

February 22, 2018
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The Haitian government has temporarily suspended Oxfam’s license to operate in Haiti, following the revelation that some of its employees committed sexual abuses in the country, while delivering aid in the aftermath of a catastrophic earthquake in 2010; including paying prostitutes, possibly underage, for orgies with aid money.

The two months suspension was justified by the Haitian Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation, explaining that “serious misconduct” had been committed, the Haitian judicial and police authorities were not informed at the time of the facts.

On Monday February 19th, officials of Oxfam met with Haitian authorities where they handed over the full 2011 internal report which described the disturbing behaviors of many high ranking employees, including the country director, Roland Van Roland van Hauwermeiren.


President Moise has called for the prosecution of all those who were involved in these crimes.


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World Press Freedom: Haiti ranks 53, higher than most in Latin America

February 22, 2018
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The 2017 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reflects a world in which attacks on the media have become commonplace and strongmen are on the rise. We have reached the age of post-truth, propaganda, and suppression of freedoms – especially in democracies.

RSF’s latest World Press Freedom Index highlights the danger of a tipping point in the state of media freedom, especially in leading democratic countries. (Read our analysis entitled Journalism weakened by...

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Haiti is the 2nd most corrupt country in the Americas, behind Venezuela, according to latest Transparency International's ranking

February 22, 2018
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Transparencey International released Its index on corruption on Wednesday February 21, 2018; The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople, uses a scale of zero to 100, where zero is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. This year, the index found that more than two-thirds of countries score below 50, with an average score of 43. Over the last six years, several countries significantly improve...

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For Haiti, the Oxfam sexual-abuse scandal is just the latest in a string of insults

February 22, 2018
Oxfam’s deputy chief executive resigned over the charity’s sexual abuse scandal in Haiti

By now, many Haitians must be asking themselves: What is the price we have to pay for foreign aid? The Oxfam sex scandal is just the latest humiliation heaped on this poor country by those who claim to be helping it.

Reports that senior Oxfam staff members paid prostitutes — including, possibly, underage girls — to participate in orgies in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake have stunned the universe of charities and international aid organizations.

But they are hardly a surpri...

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First black Nobel Prize laureate for literature, Wolé Soyinka, decorated by President Moise with the National Order of Honor and Merit at the grade of Commander.

February 22, 2018
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Haitian President, Jovenel Moïse, accompanied by the First Lady, Martine Moïse, offered this Tuesday, February 20, at the National Palace, a welcome cocktail in honor of Professor Wolé Soyinka, Nobel Prize for Literature and a priceless actor of the radiation of black thought and literature.

The Head of State has, in fact, welcomed the visit to Haiti of the first black and African author to have received the Nobel Prize for literature. "This visit is a significant symbol of the unbreakable ...

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Senator wants to form a commission to monitor the spending of President Moise on his "Caravan of Change" initiative

February 21, 2018
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Senate Justice and Security Commission President Jean Renel Sénatus asks Upper House Speaker Joseph Lambert to form a commission to monitor funds committed to the "caravan of change" program in a dated letter of 19 February 2018, which has become known online agency AlterPresse.

Sénatus calls for the immediate creation of a special commission of inquiry into the funds used in this infrastructure program, deployed in parallel with the intervention of the ministries.

This would allow, according...

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New American Ambassador arrives in Haiti amid tension between the United States and Haiti

February 21, 2018


President Jovenel Moïse, accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Antonio Rodrigue, received Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at the National Palace the credentials of two new ambassadors accredited in Haiti. They are Mrs Michèle J. Sison and Rudy Armando Cojax Lopez of the Republic of Guatemala.

Michèle Sison whom was nominated by President Donald Trump, in July 2017 and confirmed by the Senate in November,  has previously served as the United States Ambassador to the United Arab Emi...

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Haiti will host the 29th Inter-sessional meeting of CARICOM Heads of State and Government

February 21, 2018
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The 29th Inter-sessional meeting of CARICOM Heads of State and Government will be held in Haiti on 26 and 27 February. 150 foreigners will be represented in Haiti and already the authorities are ready to host this event.

Climate change, the region's vulnerability to natural disasters, security and tourism in the Caribbean are among the topics to be debated at this meeting, which will take place at the Marriott Hotel.

40 million gourdes, it is the budget provided by Haiti for the organization of...

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Canadian Minister of International Development announces $8.3 million in support of Haitian women while also reaffirming her support for Oxfam

February 20, 2018



The Canadian Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Marie Claude Bibeau, who is in Haiti for a three days visit from the 18 to the 21 of February, today met with Haitian President Jovenel Moise, at the National Palace.

“I am receiving Ms. Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and Francophonie of Canada, who visits Haiti from February 18 to 21, 2018. This meeting gives us a new opportunity to review the cooperation between Haiti and Canada. “ Twitted...

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A new major livestock feed production plant with 6.5 tons daily output opened in Haiti

February 20, 2018


Just three months ago, on November 16, 2017, a new feed production plant opened in Carrefour's Abraham terminal. In this plant, 14 varieties of food are produced taking into account the three stages of the animal's life. The aim is to boost the livestock market in the country, which, according to more than one, is a prime economic activity for a sizable segment of the population.


The Haitian Livestock Feed Company (SHAB) is the name of the factory that has just established itself in the Haitia...

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