The Dominican Republic formally requests the extradition of two Haitian brothers accused of murders in Pedernales

March 22, 2018

The Attorney General of the Dominican Republic, Jean Rodriguez, during a press conference on Thursday morning, revealed that the Dominican Republic has formally requested the extradition of the two Haitian citizens identified as Edner and Louis Noel, who are allegedly responsible for the murders of a couple of Dominican spouses in the broder town of Pedernales two weeks ago.

The Dominican Attorney General explains that Louis was arrested in Haiti, while fleeing on a motorcycle owned by the deceased, while his his brother has not yet been apprehended.

“We have completed the legal procedure so that these Haitian citizens can be extradited from their nation to the Dominican Republic, so that they may respond to the justice system of the country, for allegedly associating themselves to assassinate Mr Julio Perez Matos, and caused injuries, that were so serious, resulting of the death of mrs Neyda Miladis Urdaez Feliz, in order to rob them,” the Attorney General said.

Regarding the position of Haiti on the request of extradition, since the Haitian Minister of Foreign Affairs Antonio Rodrigue had declared last week that Haiti does not have an extradition treaty with the Dominican Republic, the Dominican prosecutor reminded that his country indeed has signed such treaty with Haiti, when the two nations on December 26, 1993 signed in Montevideo, Uruguay, the Convention on Extradition of Montevideo; citing article 1 of that agreement which states that “ each of the signatory States undertake to deliver individuals who are in their territory and are accused or have been sentenced, provided that the requesting State has jurisdiction to judge the criminal act that is imputed to the individual claimed. Also, the act for which extradition is claimed has the character of a crime and is punishable by the laws of the requesting State and those of the requested State, with a minimum penalty of one year of deprivation of liberty.”

He said that the Public Ministry attributes to the Haitians Edner and Louis Noel the violation of articles 295, 304, 265, 266, 379, 381, 382, ​​385 and 386 of the Dominican Penal Code, which criminalize and sanction aggravated voluntary homicide , the association of criminals and aggravated robbery.

Through the investigation it has been established that on February 19 of the present year 2018, at 8:30 o'clock at night, the body of Mr. Julio Reyes Matos, who had wounds in different parts of the body, was lifted. The body was found on a farm belonging to him, located in the Las Mercedes section, site of Sitio Quemao in the municipality and province of Pedernales.

The Dominican Attorney General said that the formal request to extradite the two accused was sent to Haiti’s Ministry of Justice.

The murders of the Dominican couple caused tensions between the two countries to skyrocket last week, as angry Dominicans threatened to forcefully removed Haitians in Pedernales if the accused are not delivered to Dominican justice.

Haitian Senator suffered from stroke in the middle of Senate's session; transported to Miami urgently for treatment

March 22, 2018
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Senator Nawoon Marcellus, who suffered a stroke on Tuesday night in full session, was flown on an ambulance plane Wednesday afternoon at Jacksonville Memorial Hospital in Florida. The parliamentarian is accompanied by his sister. He will be joined later by his colleague Dieupie Cherubin, first secretary of the office. The entire Senate was mobilized, joined by the executive, to evacuate the parliamentarian to foreign lands.

It was during the session that was supposed to relaunch the parliament...

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Timberland reveals its latest man-boots, made from recycled plastic bottles picked up from the beaches and streets of Haiti.

March 21, 2018

Timberland has revealed its latest man-boots, made from recycled plastic bottles picked up from the beaches and streets of Haiti.

The globally known outdoor apparel brand acquired the raw materials from a social impact startup named Thread, which employs about 1.300 Haitians to pick up the discarded bottles. The bottes are broken down into flakes which are melted before being passed through an extruder. The bales of  the polyester type of threads generated are spun into fabric to be used into ...

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"Dominicans are condemned to live permanently with Haitians, because that's what destiny wanted," said well-known Dominican activist

March 21, 2018
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The well-known activist and president of the Dominican Committee Abroad (CODEX), Máximo Padilla, said "Dominicans are condemned to live permanently with Haitians, because while Haiti has problems, we are going to also have problems" .

He added that "we are from the same island, the same embryo and we can not leave the island, nor demand that they throw themselves into the sea or into the rivers," said Padilla, commenting on the recent situation in Pedenernales last week, when his fellow compa...

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The International Federation of Human Rights calls on the Haitian Government to prosecute human rights abusers under Duvalier dictatorship

March 20, 2018
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Human rights organisations called Tuesday for the prosecution of human rights abusers during Haiti's brutal Duvalier dictatorship.

In a report, The International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) highlighted the urgency of bringing justice as only seven of 17 people accused of abuses are still alive.

It also insisted that Jean-Claude Duvalier's death in 2014 did not spell the end of the fight for justice.

Victims testified about their experience of torture and arbitrary detention in court hearin...

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The European Union will disburse 120 million euros in support of the Haitian government's budget

March 20, 2018
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The Republic of Haiti is preparing to receive a budget support of 120 million euros from the European Union (EU) for a three-year period soon, said EU Ambassador to Haiti Vincent Degert, in an interview with the editor last week.

This budget support, which is divided into two parts, will be accompanied by an incentive for the good performance of the Haitian public administration concerned, immediately warned Ambassador Degert. A part - which could be broadly called "injection", he continued, w...

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Haitian President held work meeting with representatives of IDB, IMF and World Bank

March 20, 2018

Haitian President, Jovenel Moïse, met Monday, March 19, 2018, Haiti's international partners, including representatives of the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and Canada , to discuss the need to boost social programs in Haiti to improve the lives of the most vulnerable.

This high-level meeting was an opportunity for President Jovenel Moïse to return to the major programmatic axes of his five-year term, which will ultimately enable the country ...

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International experts, in Brazil's Capital, debate the future of water in Latin America and the Caribbean

March 20, 2018
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BRASILIA, Brazil - The World Water Forum is currently being held from March 18 to the 23rd in the Brazilian Capital and will provide the best experts in the sector. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has coordinated the Regional Process of the Americas, which synthesizes the status of water ressources in the Americas.

The 2018 World Water Forum started in Brasilia (Brazil) with a call to make access to water and sanitation a central issue in the global development agenda. Every three ye...

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Haiti will soon increase Its minimum wage, will the workers get what they're asking for?

March 19, 2018
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The Haitian government is slated, in the coming weeks, to publish a new minimum wage. According to Haitian legislation the adjustment of the minimum wage must be realized before May 1st.

The raising of the minimum wage in Haiti has always been a contentious affair, as economic  actors fear violence, since the minimum wage increase has never been to the full satisfaction of workers. President Moise warned last week, during his visit to one of the largest industrial parks in the country, that th...

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Haitian government gives a check of nearly 15 million gourdes to each political party in the country

March 19, 2018

Of the 57 political organizations eligible to receive public funding, 46 have already withdrawn their checks from the Ministry of Economy and Finance. Since the beginning of the check distribution process, some political structures have been divided, others have lost their leader.

Basically, this funding should be used to strengthen and institutionalize political parties as required by the January 2014 law. This is the opposite effect in some cases.

After the political platform VERITE, divided ...

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