Calls for protests, investigations and threats of impeachment; comments of Haitian President while in Paris continue to cause controversy in Haiti

December 16, 2017
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Some of the comments of Haitian President Jovenel Moise in Paris during his address to the Haitian community there, regarding his fight against corruption in Haiti, have drawn widespread criticisms, calls for mass protests, investigations and, even threats of impeachment from angry lawmakers.

While speaking to the Haitian community in Paris on the sidelines of the One Planet Summit, President Moise confided two major until-then secrets to his compatriots.

First, how he was "forced" to renew the mandate of 50 judges whom he himself has suspected to be corrupt.

"The CSPJ entrusted me with a list of judges, because you know that it is the President of the Republic who must sign, said the president, Since I had learned that there was vetting going on, I was waiting for the report before signing. From my sources, I learned that there were about 50 judges suspected of corruption. I waited for a month. It never reached me until today. It was on the radio that I learned that I did not want to publish the list of judges. This provoked a strike at the level of justice. I had no choice, I had to publish the list ... They are the same ones who make their own vetting. Kase fèy kouvri sa ... »(Break a leaf cover it up)"


Haitian President renews the mandate of about 50 judges suspected of corruption


Later on during his speech, the President had no choice but to acknowledged the hot button issue of PetroCaribe corruption report, penned by the Senate's Ethic commission last month, in which many former and current government officials are accused of squandering some $3 billion of PetroCaribe funds, meant to finance social projects.  

However, the President whom continues to assert publicly that "he alone can fight corruption in Haiti", shocked everyone when he admitted to continue to do everything in his power to stop the senate from voting on the report which he qualifies as persecution and "
 "an eagerness to divert attention." "But thanks be to God, I have people everywhere. I have people inside the system, we found a way to drag things.  admitted the President; all but outrightly confirming rumors that on the eve of an anticipated senatorial special session two weeks ago, he had a secret meeting with senators of his own party asking them to vote against the report.

In response to the comments of the President regarding the 50 judges he has suspected of being corrupt, Members of the Supreme Council of the Judiciary held an emergency press conference to denounce the President's remarks which they qualified as "Incompetent, irresponsible, clumsy, and light."

"How can a president say that he has been forced to appoint 50 corrupt magistrates, while he is the guarantor of the proper functioning of the institutions?" Judge of the Court of Appeal,  Max Elibert questioned himself, visibly angry.   

According to Judge Max Elibert, even if the list had corrupt judges, it is up to the president to decide who should be approved or not, because he is the guarantor of the smooth running of the institutions. "No need to make a scandal on the public square in foreign land," he says, adding that there are many honest judges in the system who have not been renewed by the head of state.

Following the unprecedented press conferences by the judges, it was the turn of nearly ten influential human rights organisations to publicly and strongly come out against the statements of the President and call for a 
"Citizen mobilization to defeat any hint " of President Jovenel Moise to drown the Senate reports on the squandering of PetroCaribe funds. In the Press note, the human rights organisations such as SOFA, URAMEL, RNDDH, EC-JILAP, CARDH, POHDH and CRESFED  urged citizens to "Raise your voice to demand accountability for the use of the PetroCaribe fund. [...] to prevent the country from being subjected to the whims of a man or a few men who consolidate the dynasty of corruption, presidentialism and all forms of single thought. "
 

President of Haitian Senate, Youri Latortue, blasts President Moise's statement in Paris regarding corruption

December 16, 2017
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"A bad signal, a regrettable statement,"
Youri Latortue did not draw much to find qualifiers to the statement of Jovenel Moise on the PetroCaribe report in Paris. Indeed, in front of hundreds of Haitians, the president likened the Senate report to an attempt at political persecution and indexed "an eagerness to divert attention." "But thanks be to God, I have people everywhere. I have people inside the system, we found a way to drag things, " confided the president on stage in a meeting with ...

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The Caribbean Development Bank announces $100 million country strategy for Haiti

December 15, 2017
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The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is supporting the Government of Haiti in reducing poverty, building resilience, and achieving sustained economic growth for all. A new Country Strategy, approved by CDB’s Board of Directors today, proposes a programme of assistance of USD100 million for the period 2017 to 2021 to help Haiti meet its development priorities. This total includes USD45 million in grant resources.

“The Government of Haiti has set an ambitious development agenda to unlock the...

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Three fishermen reported missing in Haitian waters by Dominican Navy, found severely injured in Hospital in Haiti

December 14, 2017



The three fishermen, -two Dominicans and Haitian- who were reported missing by the Dominican Navy, were found  severly injured in a hospital the Okay Difont Hospital, in the town of Marigot, were they have been receiving treatments since they arrived last week.

According to the Navy, the fishermen left in a boat without permission to enter haitian waters and with expired license.

Awilda Pérez Ruiz, of the Domini...

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Haitian President renews the mandate of about 50 judges suspected of corruption

December 14, 2017
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It is the President of the Republic who confesses. In a list of judges submitted to it by the Supreme Council of the Judiciary (CSPJ), suspicions of corruption weigh on about fifty of them. Nevertheless, the head of state was forced to approve the famous list. Jovenel Moïse made this confidence Tuesday night to hundreds of members of the Haitian community living in Paris.

"The CSPJ entrusted me with a list of judges, because you know that it is the President of the Republic who must sign, exp...

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President Moise held business meeting with Belgian businessmen

December 13, 2017


As part of his European tour, President Jovenel Moïse, was received, as well as the members of his delegation, by a second group of Belgian businessmen and women this Wednesday, December 13 2017.

After the introductory remarks of Mr. Olivier Willock, Managing Director of BECI, who presented for the Haitian delegation the environment of the Business of Belgium, the Haitian Head of State shared with the audience the vision of change of his administration. He took the opportunity to outline his ...

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President Moise met with Haitian community in France during Europe tour

December 13, 2017


President Jovenel Moïse, met yesterday in Paris, members of the Haitian community in France on the sidelines of his official tour of Europe.

Warmly welcomed in a festive atmosphere, President Jovenel Moïse told his compatriots of the diaspora of the determination of his administration to work to put Haiti on the path of sustainable development through the conduct of the Caravan of Change, a strategy to put the state apparatus at the service of the Haitian people.

The President took the opport...

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Haitian Government will repatriate the body of singer Manno Charlemagne from Miami, to fulfill his wish of being buried in Haiti

December 13, 2017


The Ministry of Culture prepares a bouquet of tributes to Manno (Emmanuel) Charlemagne, engaged artist and former mayor of Port-au-Prince, who died in Miami this weekend. The information was revealed to the newspaper by the director of this ministry, Jean Michel Lapin, contacted by telephone in the early evening of Tuesday. According to him, the ministry and the artist's family had talks and agreed on an agenda. Thus, according to Jean Michel Lapin, there will be, in Miami this Friday, Decemb...

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10 Haitian women filed lawsuit against UN and peacekeepers for child support

December 12, 2017
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Lawyers representing 10 Haitian women who claimed to have had children with United Nations peacekeepers filed the first legal actions in Haiti against the UN and individual peace officers for child support and paternity claim.

The lawsuits filed by the Haiti-based Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) human rights group are part of a legal battle by Haitian women to force peacekeepers, who according to them are parents of their children, to contribute the growth of children.

"Having and then ...

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President Moise invites french companies to come invest in Haiti

December 12, 2017
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Haitian President Jovenel Moise, heading a sizable delegation made up of the Ministers of Economy and Finance; Foreign Affairs and Minister of Environment, as well as some heavy weights from the Haitian private sectors, such as Bernard Craan, Gregory Brandt, Jean-Marc Apollon, 
Joël Bonnefil and Allan Zuraik among others, Monday night held an important work meeting with the Board of Directors of France-Central America Caribbean, co-chaired by Mr. Jean Philippe Thenoz, Board representative at ...
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